The Nicene Creed...What I Believe

I've been spending a lot of time talking with God lately. I've also been spending some time talking with a friend of mine who I love and respect and admire...and who has vastly differing religious beliefs than I do.

All this talking has really been forcing me get clear about what I believe. It's been forcing me consider someone else's beliefs...could they be true? Am I wrong? Have I made a mistake? Lord, is there something that You are trying to tell me???

Thank God for the Bible...that's all I can say right now. Every time I'm in doubt, I start reading and praying and suddenly it's all clear again.

I was recently reminded of "The Nicene Creed". I remember saying it weekly in mass as a child, but I couldn't remember the whole thing. I also dug around a bit for the history of this creed. I found this. This thing has been around in one form or another since before 400 AD! That makes it over 1,600 years old...wow! It feels special to me to have a common thread running through my faith...uniting me with my brothers and sisters in Christ for over 1600 years.

I also found this. I found it interesting to better define "one holy catholic and apostolic Church". Notice that it's catholic...with a lower case "c". Not "C" as in the Roman Catholic Church. The word 'catholic' means 'universal'.

Anyway, here's the Nicene Creed for you:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven:by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Anonymous –   – (2/13/2008 09:19:00 AM)  

Amen.

Dad

LizC  – (9/08/2008 11:30:00 AM)  

Just browsing through your posts and saw this one. I was raised Catholic, but am now a Bible Thumping Christian. As I read this, my childhood came back to me - saying this in church as a child. While I never thought much about it as a child, it was awesome to read something that had been such a part of my life, but THIS time, to really understand it and believe it! Thanks for posting this. Amen!

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