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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 424 pages of information about Baltimore Catechism No. 4 (of 4).

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.

God did not admit the angels into His presence at once.  He placed them for awhile on probation, as He did our first parents.

One of these angels was most beautiful, and was named Lucifer, which means light-bearer.  He was so perfect that he seems to have forgotten that he received all his beauty and intelligence from God, and not content with what he had, became sinfully proud and wished to be equal to God Himself.  For his sin he and all his followers were driven out of Heaven, and God then created Hell, in which they were to suffer for all eternity.  This same Lucifer is now called Satan, and more commonly the devil, and those who accompanied him in his fall, devils, or fallen angels.

Lesson 5 ON OUR FIRST PARENTS AND THEIR FALL

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

In the beginning God created all things; something particular on each of the six days of Creation. (Gen. 1).  On the first day He made light, on the second, the firmament, or the heavens, and on the sixth day He created man and called him Adam.  God wished Adam to have a companion; so one day He caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep, and then took from his side a rib, out of which he formed Eve.  Now God could have made Eve as He made Adam, by forming her body out of the clay of the earth and breathing into it a soul, but He made Eve out of Adam’s rib to show that they were to be husband and wife, and to impress upon their minds the nature and sacredness of the love and union that should exist between them.

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.

God placed Adam and Eve in Paradise, a large, beautiful garden, and gave them power over all the other creatures.  Adam gave all the animals their appropriate names and they were obedient to him.  Even lions, tigers, and other animals that we now fear so much, came and played about him.  Our first parents, in their state of original innocence, were the happy friends of God, without sorrow or suffering of any kind.

41 Q. Did God give any command to Adam and Eve?  A. To try their obedience God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat of a certain fruit which grew in the garden of Paradise.

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