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Q. Do men go body and soul to hell so soon as they die?

A. The body abides in the grave
till the sound of the last trump; but the soul, if the man dies wicked, goes presently from the face of God into hell, as into a prison, there to
be kept till the day of judgment

(1 Cor 15:52; Isa 24:22; Luke 12:20).

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Q. How did God make man in the day of his first creation?

A. God made man upright (Eccl7:29). ‘In the image of God created he him’ (Gen 1:27).

Q. Did God, when he made man, leave him without a rule to walk by?

A. No: he gave him a law in his nature, and imposed upon him a
positive precept, but he offered violence to them, and broke them both (Gen 3:3,6).

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Q. How long was he in making the world?

A. ‘In six days the Lord made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that in them is’ (Exo 20:11).
‘And on the seventh day God ended his work
which he had made’ (Gen 2:2).

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Q. Of what did God make the world?

A.‘Things which are seen were not made of things
which do appear’.

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Hebrews 11:3

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Q. Is he known by his word?

A. Yes, most clearly: for by that he revealeth his attributes, his decrees, his promises, his way of worship,
and how he is to be pleased by us.

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Q. How do you distinguish the God of the Christians from the gods of other people?

A. He is a Spirit
John 4:24
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

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Q. (2) Why is not the God of the Christians the God of them that are no Christians?
A. He is their maker and preserver; but they have not chosen him to be their God.

Acts 17:24

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,

Psalms 36:6

Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord.

Judges 10:14

Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.

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What is God?

    God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through him and by his will.

    Psalm 86:8–10 and 15

    There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God…. You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness

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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.