Baltimore Catechism No. 3 (of 4) eBook

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Q. 226. {37} Were the angels, as God created them, good and happy?  A. The angels, as God created them, were good and happy.

Q. 227. {38} 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.

Q. 228.  Do we know the number of good and bad Angels?  A. We do not know the number of the good or bad Angels, but we know it is very great.

Q. 229.  What was the devil’s name before he fell, and why was he cast out of heaven?  A. Before he fell, Satan, or the devil, was called Lucifer, or light-bearer, a name which indicates great beauty.  He was cast out of heaven because through pride he rebelled against God.

Q. 230.  How do the bad Angels act toward us?  A. The bad Angels try by every means to lead us into sin.  The efforts they make are called temptations of the devil.

Q. 231.  Why does the devil tempt us?  A. The devil tempts us because he hates goodness, and does not wish us to enjoy the happiness which he himself has lost.

Q. 232.  Can we by our own power overcome the temptations of the devil?  A. We cannot by our own power overcome the temptations of the devil, because the devil is wiser than we are; for, being an Angel, he is more intelligent, and he did not lose his intelligence by falling into sin any more than we do now.  Therefore, to overcome his temptations we need the help of God.

LESSON FIFTH.  ON OUR FIRST PARENTS AND THE FALL.

Q. 233. {39} Who were the first man and woman? 
A. The first man and woman were Adam and Eve.

Q. 234.  Are there any persons in the world who are not the descendants of Adam and Eve?  A. There are no persons in the world now, and there never have been any, who are not the descendants of Adam and Eve, because the whole human race had but one origin.

Q. 235.  Do not the differences in color, figure, &c., which we find in distinct races indicate a difference in first parents?  A. The differences in color, figure, &c., which we find in distinct races do not indicate a difference in first parents, for these differences have been brought about in the lapse of time by other causes, such as climate, habits, etc.

Q. 236. {40} 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.

Q. 237.  What do we mean by saying Adam and Eve “were innocent” when they came from the hand of God?  A. When we say Adam and Eve “were innocent” when they came from the hand of God we mean they were in the state of original justice; that is, they were gifted with every virtue and free from every sin.

Q. 238.  How was Adam’s body formed?  A. God formed Adam’s body out of the clay of the earth and then breathed into it a living soul.

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