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The Lesson may then be committed to memory, and the Teacher must proceed to examine without Book. Thus, in a very short time, a large and most useful portion of Scripture will be gotten thoroughly by heart; and by frequent examination will long be retained. The experiment has been tried, with the happiest result, in a large National School in the immediate neighbourhood of Bristol.

It is fair, however, to meet an objection which many persons, conversant in these Schools, may advance against all printed forms of Answers, as being calculated to cramp the ingenuity, or merely clog the memory of the Children. But where the printed Answers are chiefly framed in the precise words of the Scriptures, this objection loses all its force ; siuvt uuthiug cau be more desirable than that Children should commit to memory select portions of Holy Writ. Wherever the little Book, called the Chief Truths, has been taught, the Children will be found ready prepared with answers to many of the most important Questions contained in this work. sumed that the Manual may be found useful also to Parents and Teachers in private Families.

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Question. Who created the Worlå?

Answer. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.v. 1.

Q. What is creation?
Å. The act of making a thing out of nothing.

Q. Does it appear from any passage in the New Testament that Jesus Christ, the second Person in the Trinity, was concerned in the creation of the world?

A. St. Paul says, God hath in these last days spoken unto us by. His Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds.--Heb. i. 1, 2.

St. John says, In the beginning was the Word -the Word was God. All things were made by Him: and without Him was not any thing made that was made.-1 John i. 1. 3.

Q. Can the Divinity of Christ be proved from this passage?

A. The Word was God.


Q: How do you prove that Jesus Christ is the Word here spoken of?

A. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the oply begotten of the Father).-John i. 14.

Q. Is any other Divine Person spoken of here?

A. The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.—v. 2.

Q. Who is meant by the Spirit of God?
A. The Holy Ghost.

Q. Does the Holy Ghost, or third Person in the blessed Trinity, appear to have borne a part in the Creation ?

A. The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.--v. 2.

Q. How does this prove His Divinity ?

A. Nothing but Divine Power could bear a part in the work of Creation.

Q. What was the last and noblest work of God?
A. God created Man.-v. 27.
Q. In what image or form was Man created?
A. God created man in His own image.-v. 27.

Q. Is this circumstance alluded to in the New

A. St. Paul tells us that “Man is the image and glory of God.”—1 Cor. xi. 7.

The New Man is renewed after the image of Him that created Him.-Col. ii. 10.

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Q. How was Man formed ?

A. The Lord God formed Man of the dust of the ground.-v.7.

Q. How did Man become a living soul?


A. God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and Man became a living soul.-v. 7.

Q. What is meant by the Soul?
A. That part of Man which thinks, and never dies.

Q. In what space of time had God ended the work of creation?

A. On the seventh day God ended His work which He had made, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.-v. 2.

Q. Did God bestow any particular mark of honour on this day?

A. God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because He had rested from all His work which God created and made.-v.

Q. For what purpose does the seventh day, or the Sabbath, appear to have been set apart, and distinguished from all other days?

4. The Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you, throughout your generations ; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you. Six days may work be done, but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed.-Exod. xxxi. 12, 13, 15, 16, 17.

Q. Do we find any allusion to this circumstance in the New Testament?

A. St. Paul says, God did rest on the seventh day from all His works.-Heb. iv, 4.

Q. What were the names of the first Man and Woman?

A. Adam and Eve.-chap. iii. 20.
Q. Where did God place Adam and Eve?
A. In a garden, eastward in Eden.-ch. ii.'S.

Q. How were they to live?

X. God commanded the Man, saying, Of every tree of the Garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, thou shalt not eat of it.-chap. ii. 16, 17.

Q. What is supposed to be meant by the Knowledge of Good and Evil?

X. That knowledge of Evil, and its painful consequences, by our own experience, which did not exist before the fall; and the contrasted knowledge of Good, the true value of which could not be known till it became contrasted with evil, pain, or suffering.

Q. When was the holy rite of Marriage first instituted ?

A. The rib, which the Lord God had taken from Man, made He a Woman, and brought her unto the Man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.-chap. ii. 22, 23.

Q: In what form did God appoint the rite?

A. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh. -v. 24.

Q. Is the rite of marriage sanctioned and confirmed in the New Testament?

A. Our blessed Saviour says, What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.—Matt. xix. 6.


Q: How came Adam to disobey God by eating of the fruit of the forbidden tree?

A. The Serpent said unto the Woman, Ye shall not surely die. For God doth know, that in the

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