I am copying and linking to Lord’s Day 3 of the Heidelberg Catechism (1563).
This text comes from the Heidelblog.net publication of the Catechism (accessed 5 March 2023).
Q6. Did God create man thus wicked and perverse?
A. No,1 but God created man good and after His own image,2that is, in righteousness and true holiness, that he might rightly know God his Creator, heartily love Him, and live with Him in eternal blessedness, to praise and glorify Him.3
1Gen 1:31; 2Gen 1:26, 27; 32 Cor 3:18, Col 3:10, Eph 4:24.
Q7. From where then comes this depraved nature of man?
A. From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise,1 whereby our nature became so corrupt that we are all conceived and born in sin.2
1Gen 3 (all). Rom 5:12,18,19. 2Ps 51:5 * Ps 14:2, 3.
Q8. But are we so depraved, that we are wholly incapable of any good and prone to all evil?
A. Yes,1 unless we are born again by the Spirit of God.2
1John 3:6. Gen 6:5. Job 14:4. Isaiah 53:6. 2 John 3:5. * Gen 8:21. * 2 Cor 3:5. * Rom 7:18. * Jer 17:9.
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