The word CREED comes from the Latin word credo which means “I believe.” Hence a CREED is a statement of belief or a statement of faith. A CREED is a written statement of what a person or a church or a group of churches believes.
One of the oldest creeds is called The Apostles’ Creed. There are many churches that recite this creed every Sunday as part of their worship service. The early church adopted the Apostles’ Creed in order that everybody might know what the Church believed to be true Christian teaching. The Apostles’ Creed sounds like this:
I believe in God almighty
And in Christ Jesus, his only Son, our Lord
Who was born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
Who was crucified under Pontius Pilate and was buried
And the third day rose from the dead
Who ascended into heaven And sits on the right hand of the Father Whence he comes to judge the living and the dead, And (I believe) in the Holy Ghost The holy church The remission (forgiveness) of sins The resurrection of the flesh The life everlasting.
The Apostles creed is particularly popular among Catholics and Protestants. However, the one universally accepted creed for Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christians is the Nicene Creed, usually referred to by Orthodox believers as the Nicene-Constantinople Creed. We will discuss this in a little more detail in the next post.
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