Q14: Did God Create Us Unable to Keep His Law?

New City Catechism: Question 14


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with David Bisgrove, Lead Pastor of the Westside Congregation at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, answers the question, "Did God create us unable to keep his law?”



Romans 5:12 (ESV)

Death in Adam, Life in Christ

12Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question fourteen with the following answer: no, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law.


David said Adam and Eve began their lives in Eden in perfect relationship with God—able to obey every law. But they fell into sin and now all of us carry the sinful nature they inaugurated with the first sin. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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After the Fall, our nature as humans changed. We can still do good, but our motivations, actions, and thoughts stem from the inherited root of sin


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Romans 5:12. Take a moment to reflect on what it means to be in sin from birth. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of enslavement to sin, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Romans 5:12. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you obey God.



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