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Part Three

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The one and true God first reveals his glory to Israel.

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The

revelation of the vocation and truth of man is linked to the revela­

tion of God. Man’s vocation is to make God manifest by acting in

conformity with his creation “in the image and likeness of God”:

There will never be another God, Trypho, and there has been

no other since the world began . . . than he who made and

ordered the universe. We do not think that our God is

different from yours. He is the same who brought your

fathers out of Egypt “by his powerful hand and his out­

stretched arm.”We do not place our hope in some other god,

for there is none, but in the same God as you do: the God of

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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“The first commandment embraces faith, hope, and char­

ity. When we say ‘God’ we confess a constant, unchangeable being,

always the same, faithful and just, without any evil. It follows that

we must necessarily accept his words and have complete faith in

him and acknowledge his authority. He is almighty, merciful, and

infinitely beneficent. . . . Who could not place all hope in him? Who

could not love him when contemplating the treasures of goodness

and love he has poured out on us? Hence the formula God em­

ploys in the Scripture at the beginning and end of his command­

ments: ‘I am the Lord.’”

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Faith

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Our moral life has its source in faith in God who reveals

his love to us. St. Paul speaks of the “obedience of faith”

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as our

first obligation. He shows that “ignorance of God” is the principle

and explanation of all moral deviations.

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Our duty toward God is

to believe in him and to bear witness to him.

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The first commandment requires us to nourish and protect

our faith with prudence and vigilance, and to reject everything that

is opposed to it. There are various ways of sinning against faith:

Voluntary doubt

about the faith disregards or refuses to

hold as true what God has revealed and the Church proposes for

belief.

Involuntary doubt

refers to hesitation in believing, difficulty

6 Cf.

Ex

19:16-25; 24:15-18.

7 St. Justin,

Dial. cum Tryphone Judaeo

11, 1: PG 6, 497.

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Roman Catechism

3, 2,4.

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Rom

1:5; 16:26.

10 Cf.

Rom

1:18-32.

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