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A Part of the Covenanted Uniformity in Religion betwixt the Churches of
Christ in the Kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland.
Approved Anno 1648, by the GenerAL ASSEMBLY of the Church of Scotland, to be a Directory for catechising such as
are of weaker Capacity.
PROOFS FROM THE SCRIPTURE.
Act approving the SHORTER CATECHISM. "HE General Assembly having seriously considered the
SHORTER CATECHISM agreed upon by the Assembly of Divines sitting at Westminster, with assistance of Commissioners from this Kirk; do find, upon due examination thereof, that the said Catechism is agreeable to the word of God, and in nothing contrary to the received doctrine, worship, discipline, and government of this Kirk: And therefore approve the said Shorter Catechism, as a part of the intended uniformity, to be a Directory for catechising such as are of weaker capacity.
SHORTER CATECHISM. Quest. 1. What is the chief end of man ?
Ansæ. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy! him for ever b.
Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
A. The word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him a
Q. 3. What
1. a 1 Cor. x. 31. Whether therez stroyed all them that go a whoring fore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever from thee. Ver. 28. But it is good ye do, do all to the glory of God. for me to draw near to God: I have Rom. xi. 36. For of hin, and put my trust in the Lord God, that through him, and to him, are all I may declare all thy works. things: to whom be glory for ever. 2.2 Tim. iii. 16. All scripture is Amen,
given by inspiration of God, and is b Psal. lxxiii. 25. Whom have I in profitable for doctrine, for reproof, heaven but thee? and there is none for correction, for instruction in righupon earth that I desire besides thee, teousness. Eph. ii. 20. And are Ver. 26. My flesh and my heart fail built upon the foundation of the eth: but God is the strength of my apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ heart, and my portion for ever. himself being the chief corner-stone. Ver. 27. For, lo, they that are far di John i. 3. That which we have from thee shall perish: thou hast de seen and heard declare we unto you,
Q. 3. What do the scriptures principally teach?
A. The scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what'duty God requires of man'.
Q. 4. What is God?
A. God is a spirit', infinites, eternal", and unchange-
Q. 5. Are there more Gods than one ?
Q. 6. How
that ye also may have fellowship the children of Israel, I AM hath
and of great power: his understand-
m Rev. iv. 8. And the four beasts
Lord God Almighty, which was,
n Rey. xv. 4. Who shall not fear
thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?
° Exod. xxxiv. 6. And the Lord
merciful and gracious, long-suffering, h Psal. xc. 2. Before the mountains
and abundant in goodness and truth,
Ver. 7. Keeping mercy for thou-
no means clear the guilty; visiting
neither shadow of turning.
5. PDeut. vi. 4. Hear, O. Israel;
the Lord our God is one Lord. Jer.
x. 10. But the Lord is the true God,
Q. 6. How many persons are there in the Godhead ?
A. There are three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory%.
Q. 7. What are the decrees of God ?
A. The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass ".
Q. 8. How doth God execute his decrees?
A God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence,
Q. 9. What is the work of creation?
A. The work of creation is, God's making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good
Q. 10. How did God create man?
A. God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures
Q. 11. What
ing King: at his wrath the earth long-suffering the vessels of wrath shall tremble, and the nations shall fitted to destruction; Ver. 23. And not be able to abide his indignation. that he might make known the
6. 91 John v. 7. For there are riches of his glory on the vessels of three that bear record in heaven, the mercy,
which he had afore prepared Father, 'the Word, and the Holy .unto glory? Ghost; and these three are one. Mat. 9 Gen. i. throughout. Heb. xi. 3. xxviii
. 19. Go ye therefore, and teach Through faith we understand that all nations, baptizing them in the the worlds were franied by the word name of the Father, and of the Son, of God, so that things which are and of the Holy Ghost.
seen were not made of things which 7. " Eph. i. 4. According as he hath
do appear. chosen us in him before the founda 10. t Gen. i. 26. And God said, tion of the world, that we should be Let us make man in our image, after holy, and without blame before him our likeness : and let them have in love. Ver. 11. In whom also we dominion over the fish of the sea, have obtained an inheritance, being
and over the fowl of the air, and over predestinated according to the pur the cattle, and over all the earth, pose of him who worketh all things and over every creeping thing that after the counsel of his own will. creepeth upon the earth. Ver. 27. Rom. ix. 22. What if God, willing So God created man in his own to shew his wrath, and to make his image: in the image of God created power known, endured with much he him; male and female created he