Lord’s Day 3: The Heidelberg Catechism

6. Did God create man thus, wicked and perverse?

No, but God created man good(Gen 1:31) and after His own image,(Gen 1:26-27) that is, in righteousness and true holiness,(Eph 4:24; 2 Cor 3:18) that he might rightly know God his Creator,(Col 3:10) heartily love Him, and live with Him in eternal blessedness, to praise and glorify Him.( Ps 8 )

7. From where, then, does this depraved nature of man come?

From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise,(Gen 3) whereby our nature became so corrupt(Rom 5:12, 18-19) that we are all conceived and born in sin.(Ps 14:2-3, 51:5)

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

Yes,(Gen 6:5, 8:21; Job 14:4; Isa 53:6; Jer 17:9; Jn 3:6; Rom 7:18) unless we are born again by the Spirit of God.(Jn 3:3-5)

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One thought on “Lord’s Day 3: The Heidelberg Catechism

  1. Question 8; I(a Calvinist) believe this question needs explanation.

    In reflection Jesus saying

    If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!(Matt: 7:11)

    We, in our depravity are capable of some good. What then do we make of answer of question 8.

    I think the right question to ask in understanding this question, is our completely incapable of any good in respect to who(what). In respect our fellow human, we are capable of doing some good, but in respect to God, we cannot.

    Paul says in Roman 14:13 that whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. In that sense we are completely incapable of any good in God sight.

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