What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?
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.”
How and why did God create us?
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Q. 140 Why did Christ command us to call God “our Father”
A. At the very beginning of our prayer Christ wants to kindle in us what is basic to our prayer–the childlike awe and trust that God through Christ has become our Father. Our fathers do not refuse us the things of this life; God our Father will even less refuse to give us what we ask in faith.
Matt. 7:9-11; Luke 11:11-13
Q. 141 Why the words “in heaven”?
A. These words teach us not to think of God’s heavenly majesty as something earthly, and to expect everything for body and soul from his almighty power.
Jer. 23:23-24; Acts 17:24-25
Matt. 6:25-34; Rom. 8:31-32
Q. 131 What is the tenth Commandment?
A. Thou shalt not covet thy Neighbours House, nor his Wife, nor his Servant, nor his Maid, nor his Ox, nor his Ass, nor any thing that is his.
Q. 132 What is God’s will for you in the tenth commandment?
A. That not even the slightest thought or desire contrary to any one of God’s commandments should ever arise in my heart. Rather, with all my heart I should always hate sin and take pleasure in whatever is right.
Ps. 19:7-14; 139:23-24; Rom. 7:7-8
Q. 112 Is blasphemy of God’s name by swearing and cursing really such serious sin that God is angry also with those who do not do all they can to help prevent it and forbid it?
A. Yes, indeed. No sin is greater, no sin makes God more angry than blaspheming his name. That is why he commanded the death penalty for it.
Q. 113 But may we swear an oath in God’s name if we do it reverently?
A. Yes, when the government demands it, or when necessity requires it, in order to maintain and promote truth and trustworthiness for God’s glory and our neighbor’s good. Such oaths are approved in God’s Word and were rightly used by Old and New Testament believers.
Deut. 6:13; 10:20; Jer. 4:1-2; Heb. 6:16
Gen. 21:24; Josh. 9:15; 1 Kings 1:29-30; Rom. 1:9; 2 Cor. 1:23
Q. 114 May we swear by saints or other creatures?
A. No. A legitimate oath means calling upon God as the one who knows my heart to witness to my truthfulness and to punish me if I swear falsely. No creature is worthy of such honor.
Rom. 9:1; 2 Cor. 1:23
Matt. 5:34-37; 23:16-22; James 5:12
Q. 29 Why is the Son of God called “Jesus”, meaning ” savior “?
A. Because he saves us from our sins. Salvation cannot be from anyone else; it is futile to look for any salvation elsewhere.
Matt. 1:21; Heb. 7:25
Isa. 43:11; John 15:5; Acts 4:11-12; 1Tim. 2:5
Q. 30 Do those who look for their salvation and security in saints, in themselves, or elsewhere really believe in the only savior Jesus?
A. No. Although they boast of being his, by their deeds they deny the only savior and deliver, Jesus. Either Jesus is not a perfect savior, or those who in true faith accept this savior have in him all they need for their salvation.
1Cor. 1:12-13; Gal. 5:4
Col. 1:19-20; 2:10; 1John 1:7
Q. 26. What do you believe when you say, “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth”?
A. That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who out of nothing created heaven and earth and everything in them, who still upholds and rules them by his eternal counsel and providence, is my God and Father because of Christ his Son. I trust him so much that I do not doubt he will provide whatever I need for body and soul, and he will turn to my good whatever adversity he sends me in this sad world. He is able to do this because he is almighty God; he desires to do this because he is a faithful Father.
Gen. 1&2; Ex. 20:11; Ps. 33:6; Isa. 44:24; Acts 4:24; 14:15
Ps. 104; Matt. 6:30; 10:29; Eph. 1:11
John 1:12-13; From. 8:15-16; Gal. 4:4-7; Eph. 1:5
Ps. 55:22; Matt. 6:25-26; Luke 12:22-31
Gen. 18:14; Rom. 8:31-39;