and Lesson Third
established the Christian understanding of God; now Lesson Fourth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2
turns to His Creation.
While pre-Christian philosophies argued that the universe always existed, Christianity teaches that God created all things out of nothing. The angels are first in the order of creation, yet even though they knew God directly, some of them still rebelled against him. These demons' fall from grace leads to the creation of hell.
The questions are numbered consecutively with Lesson Third. For more information and links to other resources, click on each question below.
A. God created heaven and earth, and all things.
A. God created heaven and earth from nothing by His word only; that is, by a single act of His all-powerful will.
A. The chief creatures of God are angels and men.
A. Angels are pure spirits without a body, created to adore and enjoy God in heaven.
A. The angels were also created to assist before the throne of God and to minister unto Him; they have often been sent as messengers from God to man; and are also appointed our guardians.
A. The angels, as God created them, were good and happy.
A. All the angels did not remain good and happy; many of them sinned and were cast into hell, and these are called devils or bad angels.