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The Shorter Catechism (Questions 1-10)



Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man's chief end is to glorify God,(1) and to enjoy him for ever.(2)

(1) I Cor.
10:31 ; Rom. 11:36 .
(2) Ps. 73:25-28.

Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
A. The word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments,(1) is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.(2)

(1) II Tim. 3:16; Eph. 2:20.
(2) I John 1:3-4.

Q. 3. What do the scriptures principally teach?
A. The scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.(1)

(1) II Tim.
1:13 ; 3:16 .

Q. 4. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit,(1) infinite,(2) eternal,(3) and unchangeable,(4) in his being,(5) wisdom,(6) power,(7) holiness,(8) justice, goodness, and truth.(9)

(1) John 4:24.
(2) Job 11:7-9.
(3) Ps. 90:2.
(4) James 1:17.
(5) Exod. 3:14.
(6) Ps. 147:5.
(7) Rev. 4:8.
(8) Rev. 15:4.
(9) Exod. 34:6-7.

Q. 5. Are there more Gods than one?
A. There is but One only, the living and true God.(1)

(1) Deut. 6:4; Jer.
10:10 .

Q. 6. How many persons are there in the Godhead?
A. There are three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.(1)

(1) I John 5:7; Matt. 28:19.

Q. 7. What are the decrees of God?
A. The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.(1)

(1) Eph. 1:4, 11; Rom. 9:22-23.

Q. 8. How doth God execute his decrees?
A. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation(1) and providence.(2)


(1) Rev. 4:11.

(2) Dan. 4:35.

Q. 9. What is the work of creation?
A. The work of creation is, God's making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good.(1)

(1) Gen. 1; Heb. 11:3.

Q. 10. How did God create man?
A. God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.(1)

(1) Gen. 1:26-28; Col. 3:10; Eph.
4:24 .


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