Total Depravity: H.C. Question 8

Heidelberg Catechism Question 8

But are we so corrupt that we are totally unable to do any good and inclined toward all evil?

Genesis 6:5 – The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

Genesis 8:21 – The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

Job 14:4 – Who can bring what is pure from the impure?  No one!

Isaiah 53:6 – We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

John 3:3-5 – Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.


2 Responses to “Total Depravity: H.C. Question 8”

  1. staci says:

    this is a tough and sort of confusing read. if we are made in God’s image, why would our every inclination be towards evil? all because of the fall? we like to think we are good people, but holy cow, this points to the need for a Savior!

    • Jon VanderWall says:

      The Fall… it broke everything. I was encouraged to think about it in this way: the fall shattered the image of God in us. Like looking through a shattered mirror, you can still make out roughly what you look like, but the image is distorted and messy… so it is with us. We have not lost the image of God in us; we are all image bearers, but that image is shattered. Only through Christ can the mending even begin!

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