The Nicene Creed
|Perhaps something most people who have met me don't know is that I am a Christian. Sadly, as many people in the world can see, Christianity has a very poor image today.
This, however, does not invalidate the religion, it simply shows that whether you call yourself Christian or not, you are still human and not above doing the wrong thing.
More than ever in this age, people don't know what Christianity is about beyond what they see in the media, so to clarify what I mean when I say "Christian", let me explain.
In the 4th Century there was also great need to clarify what Christianity meant. There were (and always have been) many people who rejected parts of the teaching in the Bible and so to resolve this, the leaders of the churches met together to hammer out a statement of faith that very carefully defined the key aspects of the Christianity. This text is known as the Nicene Creed and it a very clear statement about what I, as a Christian, believe (shown right)
|I believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
I 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,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with 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.
I 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.
I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
|Why Do I Believe in What the Bible Says?|
|So how does a thinking rational person come to the conclusion that this is true and the way to live one's life? The bottom line is faith. A question like this goes more into your philosophy on life and truth and most people who write off the Bible and what it teaches don't want to think that hard. I can't prove it all, and I take it on faith.|
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