Luther’s Small Catechism

by Dr. Martin Luther

Explanation of The Fifth Commandment

Explanation of The Fifth Commandment

The Fifth Commandment

You shall not murder.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need.

The Central Thought

God created us to care about other people and to help them in their times of need.

What are the needs of people in my immediate community and society?

Read Luke 10:25--37. How did the Samaritan view his relationship to the beaten man differently than the priest or the Levite did? 

As Christians, we look after our neighbors so that they may enjoy the life God has given them.

What opportunities does God give me to help my neighbor?

A Closer Reading of the Small Catechism

59. Who is our neighbor?

From the moment of conception, every person whom God has created is our neighbor, and especially...

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