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Westminster Shorter Catechism Project

A Scripture Catechism
in the
Method of the Assembly's

by Matthew Henry

Q.5. Are there more gods than one?
A. There is but one only, the living and true God.

1. Are there many gods? No: for though there be that are called gods, yet there is but one God, 1 Cor. 8:5, 6. Can there be any but one? No: for he has said, I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Isa 46: 9. Are you sure there is but one? Yes: for the Lord our God is one Lord and there is none other but he, Mark 12:29, 32.

2. Is the God whom we serve that one God? Yes: for Jehovah he is God, Jehovah he is God, 1 Kings 18:39. Is he infinitely above all pretenders ? Yes: for he is a great King above all gods, Ps. 95:3. Is he God alone? Yes: 0 Lord of hosts, God of Israel, thou art the God, even thou alone, Isa. 37:16. Are all other gods false gods? Yes. for all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens, Ps. 96:5.

3. Is our God the true God? Yes: the Lord he is the true God, Jer. 10:10. Is he the only true God? Yes: this is life eternal, to know the only true God John 17:3. Is he the living God? Yes: the living God, and an everlasting King, Jer. 10:10. Is he the Sovereign Lord? Yes: for he is God over all, blessed for evermore, Rom. 9:5. Is this one God enough? Yes: for he is God All-Sufficient, Gen. 17:1.

4. Is the Lord Jehovah the maker of all things? Yes: he is the everlasting God, even the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, Isa. 40:28. Is he your Maker? Yes: he is the Lord our Maker, Ps. 95:6. Is he the owner of all things? Yes: for he is the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth, Gen. 14:19. Is he your rightful owner? Yes: we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand, Ps. 95:7. Is he the ruler of all things? Yes: for his kingdom ruleth over all, Ps. 103:19. Is he your ruler? Yes: 0 Lord, truly I am thy servant, I am thy servant, Ps. 116:16. Is he the benefactor of all the creatures? Yes : for he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things, Acts 17:25. Is he your benefactor? Yes: for he daily loadeth us with his benefits, Ps. 68:19. Shall he therefore be yours by your own consent? Yes: 0 God, thou art my God, Ps. 63: 1.

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