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Shorter Catechism*.

Question 1. WHAT is the chief end of man ?

Answer. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.

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, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him,

Q. 3. What do the feriptures principally teach? A. The scriptures principally teach, what man

* The Shorter Catechism is, fimply, an abridgment of the Larger; so that the proof of both must be the fame. The reader, therefore, who defires to fee the scripture authorities for any doctrine taught in this catechifm, will curn to that doctrine in the Larger Catechism, which may very easily be done, and there he will find the neceffary texts fully referred to, or inserted. It was judged unnecessary to print the very fame texts twice over

is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.

Q. 4. What is GOD?

A. God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.

Q. 5. Are there more Gods than one ?

A. There is but one only, the living and true God.

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 Ghoft; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

0. 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 fore-ordained whatsoever comes to pass.

Q. 8. How doth God execute his decrees?

A. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence.

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.

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.

Q. 11. What are God's works of providence?

A. God's works of providence are, his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions.

Q. 12. What special act of providence did God exercise toward man in the estate wherein he was created ?

A. When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condi. tion of perfect obedience ; forbidding him to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, upon pain of death.

R. 13. Did our forft parents continue in the estate wherein they were created ?

A. Our first parents, being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate wherein they were created, by linning against God.

Q. 14. What is fen?

4. Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of the law of God.

Q. 15. What was the fin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created ?

A. The fin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created, was their cati ng the forbidden fruit.

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