English: The article helps to understand the disturbing statement of the Heidelberg
Catechism: “I have a natural tendency to hate God and my neighbor.” It unfolds
the wide breadth of meaning of “hate” and argues that the catechism offers a deep
and realistic understanding of sin. Above all, however, the Heidelberger presents an
even richer meaning of “comfort”, which can free from the bondage of hate and sin.
The article illuminates this comfort given by Christ and His Spirit.