Catechism Grades 5-7
Catechism Lessons for Grades 5,6,7
Dates listed are the dates which memory work is recited.
Q. 96. What does God require in the second commandment?
A. That we do not worship God in any other way than He has commanded in His word.
Q. 97. Are images then not at all to be made?
A. God neither can, nor may be represented by any means.
Q. 99. What is required in the third commandment?
A. That we must not profane or abuse the name of God; but that we use the holy name of God no otherwise than with fear and reverence; so that He may be rightly confessed and worshipped by us, and be glorified in all our words and works.
Q. 100. Is then the profaning of God's name, by swearing and cursing, so heinous a sin, that His wrath is kindled against those who do not endeavor, as much as in them lies, to prevent and forbid such cursing and swearing?
A. It undoubtedly is, for there is no sin greater or more provoking to God, than the profaning of His Name; and therefore He has commanded this sin to be punished with death.
Q. 101. May we then swear religiously by the name of God?
A. Yes: either when the magistrates demand it of the subjects; or when necessity requires us thereby to confirm a fidelity and truth to the glory of God, and the safety of our neighbor.
Q. 102. May we also swear by saints or any other creatures?
A. No; for God is the only one who knows the heart.
Q. 103. What does God require in the fourth commandment?
A. First, that the ministry of the gospel be maintained; and that I, especially on the Sabbath, that is, on the day of rest, diligently frequent the church of God, to hear His word, to use the sacraments, publicly to call upon the Lord, and contribute to the relief of the poor. Secondly, that all the days of my life I cease from my evil works, and yield myself to the Lord, and thus begin in this life the eternal Sabbath.
Q. 104. What does God require in the fifth commandment?
A. That I show all honor, love and fidelity, to my father and mother, and all in authority over me, and submit myself to their good instruction and correction, with due obedience; and also patiently bear with their weaknesses and infirmities.
Q. 105. What does God require in the sixth commandment?
A. That neither in thoughts, nor words, nor gestures, much less in deeds, I dishonor, hate, wound, or kill my neighbor, but that I lay aside all desire of revenge: also, that I hurt not myself, nor willfully expose myself to any danger.
Q. 106. But this commandment seems only to speak of murder?
A. God teaches us, that He abhors the causes of murder, such as envy, hatred, anger, and desire of revenge; and that He accounts all these as murder.
Q. 107. But is it enough that we do not kill any man in the manner mentioned above?
A. No, for when God forbids envy, hatred, and anger, he commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves; to show patience, peace, meekness, mercy, and all kindness, towards him, and prevent his hurt as much as in us lies.
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Q. 108. What does the seventh commandment teach us?
A. That all uncleanness is accursed of God: and that therefore we must detest the same, and live chastely whether in holy wedlock, or in single life.
Q. 109. Does God forbid in this commandment, only adultery, and such like gross sins?
A. Since both our body and soul are temples of the Holy Spirit, He commands us to preserve them pure and holy: therefore he forbids all unchaste actions, gestures, words, thoughts, desires, and whatever can entice men thereto.
Q. 110. What does God forbid in the eighth commandment?
A. God forbids not only those thefts, and robberies, which are punishable by the magistrate; but he comprehends under the name of theft all wicked tricks and devices, whereby we design to appropriate to ourselves the goods which belong to our neighbor: whether it be by force, or under the appearance of right, as by fraudulent merchandise or any other way forbidden by God.
Q. 111. But what does God require in this commandment?
A. That I promote the advantage of my neighbor in every instance I can or may; and deal with him as I desire to be dealt with by others: further also that I faithfully labor, so that I may be able to relieve the needy.
Q. 112. What is required in the ninth commandment?
A. That I bear false witness against no man; that I be no backbiter, nor slanderer; but that I avoid all sorts of lies and deceit, as the proper works of the devil, unless I would bring down upon me the heavy wrath of God; likewise, that in judgment and all other dealings I love the truth, speak it uprightly and confess it; also that I defend and promote, as much as I am able, the honor and good character of my neighbor.
Q. 113. What does the tenth commandment require of us?
A. That even the smallest inclination or thought, contrary to any of God's commandments, never rise in our hearts; but that at all times we hate all sin with our whole heart, and delight in all righteousness.
Q. 114. But can those who are converted to God perfectly keep these commandments?
A. No: but even the holiest men, have only a small beginning of this obedience; yet so, that with a sincere resolution they begin to live according to all the commandments of God.
REMEMBER - Dates listed are the dates which memory work is recited.
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