Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Heidelberg Catechism 03:

Q6: Did God create man thus, wicked and perverse?

A7: No,[1] but God created man good and after His own image,[2] that is, in righteousness and true holiness; that he might rightly know God his Creator, heartily love Him, and live with Him in eternal blessedness, to praise and glorify Him.[3]

1. Gen 1:31

2. Gen 1:26-27

3. 2Co 3:18; Col 3:10; Eph 4:24

Q7: From where, then, does this depraved nature of man come?

A7: From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise,[1] whereby our nature became so corrupt that we are all conceived and born in sin.[2]

1. Gen ch. 3; Rom 5:12, Rom 5:18-19

2. Psa 14:2-3; Psa 51:5

Q8: But are we so depraved that we are completely incapable of any good and prone to all evil?

A8: Yes,[1] unless we are born again by the Spirit of God.[2]

1. John 3:6; Gen 6:5; Job 14:4; Isa 53:6

2. John 3:5; Gen 8:21; 2Co 3:5; Rom 7:18; Jer 17:9

DF questions:

Read Genesis 1:31; Genesis 1:26-27

a) Explain what humans were like when God first created them.

Read Genesis chp 3; Genesis 5:3; Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5

b) Explain why humans are bad today.

Read Psalm 14:2-3; Gen 6:5; Job 14:4; Jer 17:9

c) Explain why humans are not able to make themselves good.

Read John 3:5; Colossians 3:10

d) How does God fix the problem of the fall?

Bonus question: Read Genesis 3:4-6

e) Do you think Eve obeyed the serpant’s lie because it was logical, or because it was desirable?