Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Christian's Belief

What Is The Apostles’ Creed?

Q. I hope that all is well. Listening and reading your material have helped me greatly to be more ascertain in my faith. I have been blessed to understand Bible Prophecy in perspective of “What God done in the past, What He is doing now, and What He is ‘gonna’ do”. I thank you for being a good servant to His Son Jesus. My intellect is simple ( I think that is a blessing) and I like a simple explanation, and when I come across a statement of belief that go over my head from a denomination that I will not mention, I wonder how much trust should I put toward this denomination. Could you please help me understand? This is their Statement of Faith: “We believe in what is termed The Apostles’ Creed as embodying all the fundamental doctrines of orthodox evangelical Christianity.

A. The Apostles’ Creed is so-named partly because of its great antiquity, dating from the 2nd Century AD. Another reason is that a 5th Century tradition holds that each of the 12 Apostles dictated a part of it. Here’s what it says:

“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord 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. The third day He arose again from the dead.

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.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.”

Don’t confuse catholic church, which means the universal church, with the Catholic church, headquartered in Rome.

This statement was developed to establish certain basic truths to which the Church had to conform to be called Christian. It was an early effort to combat the heresy that came to be called “Gnosticism” which challenged these truths.

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