Ecumenical Christian Creeds

Later creeds reflect the diversity of the Christian tradition and tend to become more specialized expressions of particular doctrines for various groups. The Apostles’ Creed The Apostles’ Creed is one of the oldest creeds of Christianity, dating in an early form to at least the middle second century with roots in the biblical traditions of the Gospels. Some phrases were added for clarity as late as the fourth century, but the basic creed remained intact. The clearly Trinitarian structure was likely intended to counter the teachings of Marcion who denied that the God of the Old Testament was the same God revealed in Jesus the Christ. This Trinitarian formulation would remain the basic structure of all the early creeds. The Apostles’ Creed has often been divided into 12 sections for catechesis, instruction for new converts or children. There has been some misunderstanding surrounding the phrase “he descended into hell. However, many biblical scholars do not agree that the biblical traditions actually describe Jesus preaching to the dead, and therefore understand the phrase to be a metaphor for burial: Sheol, Hell, and the Dead.

A Female Apostle?

I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the remission of sins, the resurrection of the flesh and life eternal. And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

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The Nicene Creed Athanasian Creed Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith; Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. I believe in God the Father Almighty. I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the persons nor dividing the substance.

For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.

The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal. And yet they are not three eternals but one eternal. As also there are not three uncreated nor three incomprehensible, but one uncreated and one incomprehensible.

El Credo – Apostles’ Creed

Such a decision reflects sound pedagogy. The importance though of the question concerns the origins of these Creeds. The Father and creation; the Son and redemption; and the Holy Spirit and sanctification.

Pontius Pilate (/ ˈ p ɒ n ʃ ə s ˈ p aɪ l ə an ancient form of the Apostles’ Creed dating as far back as the 2nd century AD) in a creed that was intended to be authoritative for all Christians in .

This weekend is a reminder and celebration of the essentials of Christian faith. If you are like me, you have probably had many conversations with friends who believe in God, but not Jesus as the only way to God. The problem is that the Christian God is a triune God. God is three is one. Three persons make up the Godhead and while this is a bit of a mystery, it is an essential belief of Christian faith.

If you believe otherwise, you are embracing something other than Christianity. A creed is a statement of beliefs. This creed is a way to define what is specifically Christian. To be Christian though, one adheres to specific beliefs that are considered absolute truths. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. Christianity is based on essential truths that are non-negotiable. And while Christianity is criticized for being narrow, the core of the faith is that Jesus is the only way to God and that God is relationship—three in One.

You Are What You Believe: Why the Apostles’ Creed Matters

Yet, both of these traditional explanations of this passage have been termed incorrect by some recent Catholic Bible scholars. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter [Greek, Petros, rock, masculine], [7] and upon this rock [Greek, petra, rock, feminine] [8] I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. One common Protestant argument historically has been that the translation from the New Testament in Hebrew into Greek is tenuous at best as there is no real evidence or indication that the New Testament in Greek was ever translated from Hebrew or Aramaic texts, for that argument see Aramaic primacy.

A literal translation, in the style of the King James Version , of the words presumably used by Jesus would be “Thou art Rock, and upon this rock will I build my church”. Catholic view on relationship to the Church today[ edit ] In Catholicism , it is argued that the primacy of Peter is a basis for the primacy of the bishop of Rome over other bishops throughout the Church via the doctrine of Apostolic succession.

The Apostles’ Creed is older than the Nicene Creed, with various forms dating back to the s. It is simpler and shorter than the Nicene Creed. It is simpler and shorter than the Nicene Creed. One might say that the Apostles’ Creed was the father of the Nicene Creed: the Nicene Creed built upon and furthered clarified beliefs stated in the earlier creed.

Is there an option? Why are there two creeds? Such a decision reflects sound pedagogy. The importance, though, of the question concerns the origins of these creeds. As such, the creeds also capture the course of salvation history: Initiated by the Father, the history of salvation culminates in Jesus and through the work of the Holy Spirit the redemptive mission and Paschal Mystery of our Lord are operative in the Age of the Church.

An ancient tradition held that on the day of Pentecost, the Apostles composed this creed under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, each Apostle wrote one of the 12 articles of faith expressed in the creed. Keep in mind that St.

Dating and Relationships

Churches generally take one of two positions regarding the Creed. Either they recite it every week or they hardly ever say it at all. When I asked the congregation how many people came from a church that recited the Creed every Sunday, at least two-thirds of the people raised their hands.

The great classical creedal statements, namely the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed, are therefore made up of clear, bold strokes, whereas the later confessions became expansions and definitions of more specific beliefs.

This legend dates back to the sixth century see Pseudo-Augustine in Migne, P. About the same date c. Although he does not explicitly assign each article to the authorship of a separate Apostle, he states that it was the joint work of all, and implies that the deliberation took place on the day of Pentecost. Moreover, he declares that “they for many just reasons decided that this rule of faith should be called the Symbol”, which Greek word he explains to mean both indicium, i.

A few years before this c. Firmilia, the latter in particular speaking of the Creed as the “Symbol of the Trinity”, and recognizing it as an integral part of the rite of baptism Migne, P. It should be added, moreover, that Kattenbusch II, p. Still, in the first two centuries after Christ, though we often find mention of the Creed under other designations e.

Apostolisches Glaubensbekenntnis

I believe in God the Father … Almighty… Here is yet another word with a long patent of meaning in all the Germanic-based dialects. When this may have happened we cannot know, but an early English form of the creed found dating to well prior to the Norman conquest may be instructive: I beleue in God the Father Almightye, maker of heauen and earth. And I beleue in the Sauiour Christ his onely begotten Sonne or Lorde, Who was conceaued of the Holy Ghost, and borne of Marye the virgyne, suffred vnder the Pontish Pilate, on the crosse hanged, he was dead and buryed, and he down descended to hel.

a creed, dating back to about a.d. , traditionally ascribed to Christ’s apostles and having widespread acceptance in the Christian church. It begins “I believe in God the Father Almighty.” Nicene Creed.

Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. The Apostles’ Creed is one of the oldest creeds of Christianity, dating in an early form to at least the middle second century c.

The Trinitarian structure was likely intended to counter the teachings of Marcion who denied that the God of the Old Testament was the same God revealed in Jesus the Christ. While it was once thought that the twelve Apostles each contributed one line of this creed prior to beginning their mission.

The Apostles’ Creed (Part 1)