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A CATECHISM

FOR

THE INSTRUCTION OF CHILDREN.

for you,

you be

PART I.

Q. What will God do

if Question. Can you

tell

good ? me, child, who made you?

A. He will love me, Answer. God made me and make me happy. and all things.

Q.

Can you do any Q. For what did God thing for God, who is so make you?

good to you? A. To be good and A. I can only love him, happy.

obey him, and be thankQ. What is it to be ful to him; I can do nothgood ?

ing for him. A. To love and obey

Q.
Can

you speak to my parents, to speak the God? truth always, and to be A. Yes; he has bid just and kind to all per us to pray to him for every

thing which is fit for us, Q. Can

God know and he is always ready to whether you be good or not? hear us.

A. Yes; for though we Q. In what cannot see God, yet he should you pray to God? sees us, wherever we are, A. 'Our Saviour, Jesus by night as well as by day. Christ, has given us a form

sons.

manner

as

us.

of prayer, called the Lord's live again, if you have Prayer.

been good ? Q. Repeat the Lord's

A. If I have been good, Prayer.

I shall go to heaven, where X. Our Father, who I shall be very happy for art in heaven, hallowed be ever. thy name. Thy kingdom Q. What shall become come. Thy will be done on of the wicked, when they earth, as it is in heaven. die? Give us this day our daily A. They shall meet bread. And forgive us our with their just punishtrespasses, we forgive ment. . those who trespass against

Q. When

When you do any And lead us not into thing which is wrong, temptation, but deliver us should you not be afraid from il. For thine is that God, who sees you, the kingdom, and the pow- will punish you ? er, and the glory, for ever A. Yes; but he has and ever. Amen.

promised to forgive us, if Q. What will God do we be sorry for our sins, to those who are not good ? and endeavour to sin no

A. He will punish more. them.

Q. Who has told us, Q. Is God able to pun- that God will forgive us, ish those who are not if we repent of our sins, good ?

and endeavour to sin no A. Yes; he who made more ? all things can do all things;

A. Many persons by he can take away all our whom God spake, and friends, and everything particularly Jesus Christ. which he has given us;

was Jesus and he can make us die, Christ? whenever he pleases.

A. The well beloved Q: After you die, shall Son of God, whom the you live again?

Father sent to teach men Yes ; God will raise their duty, and to persuade us from the dead, and and encourage them to if we be good, we shall practise it. die no more.

Q. Where do we learn Q Where shall you what we know concerning

Q. Who

A.

Christ, and what he did, sins; the resurrection of taught, and suffered for the body ; and the life evthe good of men ? erlasting Amen.

Å. In the bible, which we should diligently read

PART II. and study, for our improvement in knowledge and Q. Does the bible ingoodness, in order to fit formi us what God himself us for heaven.

is ? Q. Is there any form A. Yes; it teaches us of words in which Chris- that he is a being who tians express the principal had no beginning, and that articles of their belief? he will have no end ; that

A. Yes; the Apostles' he is almighty, perfectly Creed, which was compos- wise, and infinitely good; ed in the first ages of that he is every where Christianity, is such a present; and that he nevform.

er changes in his nature or Q. Repeat the Apos- disposition. tles' Creed.

Q. What does God reA. I believe in God, quire of us, in order to live the Father Almighty, ma- and die in his favour? ker of heaven and earth;

A. All that God reAnd in Jesus Christ, his quires of us is compreonly Son our Lord ; who hended in these two prewas conceived by the holy cepts; Thou shalt love the Ghost; born of the Virgin Lord thy God with all thy Mary;

suffered under heart ; and thy neighbour Pontius Pilate; was as thyself

. cified, dead, and buried; Q. In what the third day he must we express our love again from the dead; he to God ? ascended into

heaven ;

A. By a grateful sense and sitteth at the right of his goodness to us; by hand of God, the Father a constant care to do his Almighty ; from thence he will; and by an entire and shall come to judge the cheerful submission to all living and the dead. the dispensations of his

I believe in the holy providence. Ghost; the forgiveness of Q. How must we ex

cru

manner

arose

Q. In

press our love to our fellow God will forgive us our ofmen ?

fences against him. A. By doing to others,

what manner as we should think it right should we treat the inferior in them to do to us in the animals ? same circumstances.

A. We should treat : Q. By what methods them with tenderness and must we cherish our love humanity; and never torto God, and increase our ment them or destroy their confidence in him ?

lives to make ourselves A. We must frequently sport; because they are consider the benefits he the creatures of God, and confers upon us. We must because God

has comalso address ourselves to manded us to be merciful him in prayer, thanking unto them. bim for the mercies he be Q. Has God any where stows upon us, confessing delivered distinct direcour sins before him, and tions, concerning the sevasking of him whatever eral branches of our duty he knows to be needful to him and to our neighand good for us.

bour? Q. How shall we bring A. Yes, in the ten ourselves into the best dis- commandments, which he position for performing delivered to the children our duty to God and man? of Israel from Mount

A. By a proper gov- Sinai. ernment of our passions,

Q. Which is the first according to the dictates commandment? of reason and conscience; A. Thou shalt lave no by living in temperance other gods but me. and chastity; and never Q. Which is the second indulging a proud, mali- commandment ? cious, or selfish temper.

A. Thou shalt not Q. What should we do, make to thyself any graven when persons affront and image, nor the likeness of injure us?

any thing that is in heaven A. We should not re- above, or in the earth beturn evil for evil; and if neath, or in the water unthey repent, we must for- der the earth; thou shalt give them, as we hope that not bow down to them, nor

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worship them; for I, the the Lord blessed the sevLord thy God, am a jeal- enth day, and hallowed it. ous God, and visit the Q. Which is the fifth sins of the fathers upon commandment ? the children, unto the third A. Honour thy father and fourth generation of and thy mother; that thy those who hate me; and days may be long in the show mercy unto thous- land, which the Lord thy ands of those who love me, God giveth thee. and keep my command Q. Which is the sixth ments.

commandment ? Q. Which is the third . Thou shalt do no commandment?

murder. A. Thou shalt not take Q. Which is the seventh the name of the Lord thy commandment? God in vain; for the Lord A. Thou shalt not comwill not hold him guiltless mit adultery. who taketh his name in Q. Which is the eighth vain.

commandment? Q. Which is the fourth A. Thou shalt not commandment ?

steal. A. Remember, that Q. Which is the ninth thou keep holy the sab- commandment ? bath day. Six days shalt A. Thou shalt not bear thou labour, and do all false witness against thy that thou hast to do; but neighbour. the seventh day is the sab Q. Which is the tenth bath of the Lord thy God. commandment? In it thou shalt do no man

Thou shalt not covner of work, thou, and thyet thy neighbour's house ; son, and thy daughter; thy thou shalt not covet thy man servant, and thy maid neighbour's wife ; nor his servant; thy cattle, and servant, nor bis maid, nor the stranger who is within his ox, nor his ass, nor any thy gates. For in six days thing that is his. the Lord made heaven and

Q. What those earth, the sea, and all that principles which most efin them is, and rested the fectually lead to the obserseventh day; wherefore vance of these, and all

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