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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 64 pages of information about Baltimore Catechism No. 2 (of 4).

21.  Q. Is there but one God?  A. Yes; there is but one God.

22.  Q. Why can there be but one God?  A. There can be but one God, because God, being supreme and infinite, cannot have an equal.

23.  Q. How many Persons are there in God?  A. In God there are three Divine Persons, really distinct, and equal in all things—­the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

24.  Q. Is the Father God?  A. The Father is God and the first Person of the Blessed Trinity.

25.  Q. Is the Son God?  A. The Son is God and the second Person of the Blessed Trinity.

26.  Q. Is the Holy Ghost God?  A. The Holy Ghost is God and the third Person of the Blessed Trinity.

27.  Q. What do you mean by the Blessed Trinity?  A. By the Blessed Trinity I mean one God in three Divine Persons.

28.  Q. Are the three Divine Persons equal in all things?  A. The three Divine Persons are equal in all things.

29.  Q. Are the three Divine Persons one and the same God?  A. The three Divine Persons are one and the same God, having one and the same Divine nature and substance.

30.  Q. Can we fully understand how the three Divine Persons are one and the same God?  A. We cannot fully understand how the three Divine Persons are one and the same God, because this is a mystery.

31.  Q. What is a mystery?  A. A mystery is a truth which we cannot fully understand.

LESSON FOURTH ON CREATION

32.  Q. Who created heaven and earth, and all things?  A. God created heaven and earth, and all things.

33.  Q. How did God create heaven and earth?  A. God created heaven and earth from nothing by His word only; that is, by a single act of His all-powerful will.

34.  Q. Which are the chief creatures of God?  A. The chief creatures of God are angels and men.

35.  Q. What are angels?  A. Angels are pure spirits without a body, created to adore and enjoy God in heaven.

36.  Q. Were the angels created for any other purpose?  A. The angels were also created to assist before the throne of God and to minister unto Him; they have often been sent as messengers from God to man; and are also appointed our guardians.

37.  Q. Were the angels, as God created them, good and happy?  A. The angels, as God created them, were good and happy.

38.  Q. Did all the angels remain good and happy?  A. All the angels did not remain good and happy; many of them sinned and were cast into hell, and these are called devils or bad angels.

LESSON FIFTH ON OUR FIRST PARENTS AND THE FALL

39.  Q. Who were the first man and woman?  A. The first man and woman were Adam and Eve.

40.  Q. Were Adam and Eve innocent and holy when they came from the hand of God?  A. Adam and Eve were innocent and holy when they came from the hand of God.

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