Certainly not. Actually, we increase our debt every day. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 13)
Q. According to God's righteous judgment we deserve punishment both now and in eternity: how then can we escape this punishment and return to God's favor? A. God requires that his justice be satisfied. Therefore the claims of this justice must be paid in full, either by ourselves or by another. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 12)
God is indeed merciful, but He is also just. His justice requires that sin committed against the most high majesty of God also be punished with the most severe, that is, with everlasting, punishment of body and soul. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 11)
Certainly not. He is terribly angry with the sin we are born with as well as our actual sins. God will punish them by a just judgment both now and in eternity, having declared: 'Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book of the law' (Gal. 3:10; … Continue reading Will God Permit such Disobedience and Rebellion to Go Unpunished?
No, God created man with the ability to keep the law. Man, however, at the instigation of the devil, in willful disobedience, robbed himself and all his descendants of these gifts. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 9)
Yes, unless we are born again by the Spirit of God. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 8)
From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise. This fall has so poisoned our nature that we are all conceived and born in sin. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 7)
No. God created man good and in his own image, that is, in true righteousness and holiness, so that he might truly know God his creator, love him with all his heart, and live with God in eternal happiness, for his praise and glory. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 6)
No. I am inclined by nature to hate God and my neighbor. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 5)
Christ teaches us this in summary in Matthew 22:37-40: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." … Continue reading What Does God’s Law Require of Us?