Heidelberg Questions 8 & 9

Q & A 8

Q. But are we so corrupt
that we are totally unable to do any good
and inclined toward all evil?

A. Yes,^1 unless we are born again,
by the Spirit of God.^2

^1 Gen. 6:5; 8:21; Job 14:4; Isa. 53:6
^2 John 3:3-5

Lord’s Day 4

Q & A 9

Q. But doesn’t God do us an injustice
by requiring in his law
what we are unable to do?

A. No, God created humans with the ability to keep the law.^1
They, however, tempted by the devil,^2
in reckless disobedience,^3
robbed themselves and all their descendants of these gifts.^4

^1 Gen. 1:31; Eph. 4:24
^2 Gen. 3:13; John 8:44
^3 Gen. 3:6
^4 Rom. 5:12, 18, 19

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