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315. Q. What is the first Commandment?
A. The first Commandment is: I am the Lord thy God: thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.
317. Q. How do we adore God?
A. We adore God by faith, hope, and love, by prayer and sacrifice.
318. Q. How may the first Commandment be broken?
A. The first Commandment may be broken by giving to a creature the honor which belongs to God alone; by false worship; and by attributing to a creature a perfection which belongs to God alone.
320. Q. Are sins against faith, hope, and charity also sins against the first Commandment?
A. Sins against faith, hope, and charity are also sins against the first Commandment.
321. Q. How does a person sin against faith?
A. A person sins against faith: 1st, by not trying to know what God has taught; 2d, by refusing to believe all that God has taught; 3d, by neglecting to profess his belief in what God has taught.
326. Q. Are we obliged to make open profession of our faith?
A. We are obliged to make open profession of our faith as often as God’s honor, our neighbor’s spiritual good, or our own requires it.
327. Q. Which are the sins against hope?
A. The sins against hope are presumption and despair.
328. Q. What is presumption?
A. Presumption is a rash expectation of salvation without making proper use of the necessary means to obtain it.
329. Q. What is despair?
A. Despair is the loss of hope in God’s mercy.
Baltimore Catechism I, Lesson 36 Exam