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Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

    Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed.

    Romans 3:10–12

    None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.

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    What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

      Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.

      James 2:8

      If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

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      What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

        Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit.

        Romans 13:9

        For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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        What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

          Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the eternal Sabbath. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother, submitting to their godly discipline and direction.

          Leviticus 19:3

          Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.

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          What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?

            First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God.Second, that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence, honoring also his Word and works.

            Deuteronomy 6:13–14

            It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you.

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            What does the law of God require?

              Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done.

              Matthew 22:37–40

              And Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

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              Q. 148  What does your conclusion to this prayer mean?

              A.  “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever” means,  We have made all these requests of you because, as our all-powerful king, you not only want to, but are able to give us all that is good; and because your holy name, and not we ourselves, should receive all the praise, forever.

              Rom. 10:11-13; 2 Pet. 2:9

              Ps. 115:1; John 14:13

              Q. 149  What does that little word “Amen” express?

              A.  “Amen” means, This is sure to be!  It is even more sure that God listens to my prayer, than that I really desire what I pray for.

              Isa. 65:24; 2 Cor. 1:20; 2 Tim. 2:13

              And this is the last Question and Answer of the Orthodox Catechism written by Hercule Collins.