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New City Catechism Question and Answer 16

Question 16
What is sin?

Answer
Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law—resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 15

Question 15
Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?

Answer
That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Saviour. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Saviour.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 14

Question 14
Did God create us unable to keep his law?

Answer
No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 13

Question 13
Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

Answer
Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 12

Question 12
What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

Answer
Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.

This track covers Questions 9 to 12.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 11

Question 11
What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

Answer
Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit.

This track covers Questions 9 to 12.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 10

Question 10
What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

Answer
Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the eternal Sabbath. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother, submitting to their godly discipline and direction.

This track covers Questions 9 to 12.