Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 18: 2nd & 3rd Commandments
Here on the next lesson of the Baltimore Catechism presented by the Ecu-Men, we cover the Second and Third Commandments, namely refraining from blasphemy & preserving the Lord’s Holy Day (Sunday). This stuff isn’t taught all that well these days, so find out how much you remember. Thanks for listening!
224. What is the second commandment of God?
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. (Exodus 20:7)
225. What are we commanded by the second commandment?
Always to speak with reverence of God, of the saints, and of holy things, and to be truthful in taking oaths and faithful to them and to our vows. (Psalm 112:2-3)
226. What is an oath?
An oath is the calling on God to witness the truth of what we say. (Hebrews 6:16)
227. What things are necessary to make an oath lawful?
Three things are necessary: first, we must have a good reason for taking an oath; second, we must be convinced that what we say under oath is true; third, we must not swear, that is, take an oath, to do what is wrong. (Jeremiah 4:2)
228. What great sin does a person commit who deliberately calls on God to bear witness to a lie?
The very grievous sin of perjury. (Leviticus 19:12)
229. What is a vow?
A deliberate promise made to God by which a person binds himself under pain of sin to do something that is especially pleasing to God. (Deuteronomy 23:21)
230. What is meant by taking God's name in vain?
That the name of God or the holy name of Jesus Christ is used without reverence; for example, to express surprise or anger. (Psalm 112:2-3)
231. Is it a sin to take God's name in vain?
Yes. It is a sin to take God's name in vain; ordinarily, it is a venial sin.
232. What is cursing?
Cursing is the calling down of some evil on a person, place, or thing. (Romans 12:14)
233. What is blasphemy?
Blasphemy is insulting language which expresses contempt for God, either directly or through His saints and holy things. (Mark 3:28-30)
234. What is the third commandment of God?
Remember thou keep holy the Lord's day. (Genesis 2:2)
235. Why does the Church command us to keep Sunday as the Lord's day?
Because on Sunday Christ rose from the dead, and on Sunday the Holy Ghost descended upon the apostles.
236. What are we commanded by the third commandment?
We are commanded to worship God in a special manner on Sunday, the Lord's day. (Exodus 31:14)
237. How does the Church command us to worship God on Sunday?
By assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
238. What is forbidden by the third commandment of God?
All unnecessary servile work on Sunday is forbidden. (Exodus 31:15)
239. What is servile work?
Servile work is that which requires labor of body rather than of mind.
240. When is servile work allowed on Sunday?
Servile work is allowed on Sunday when the honor of God, our own need, or that of our neighbor requires it.
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