Recently, I inquired how many readers understood or knew the difference between the various Christian Creeds. The Apostles' Creed was the first creed or statement of beliefs held by the early Church. While not officially written by the Apostles, it is the oldest statement dating back to at least 140 AD.
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
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.
The Apostles Creed served as a statement of faith for new believers in the early church. Later, it was introduced as part of the baptism process. Believers would recite the creed before their public baptism.
While the word "Catholic" is used in the original creed, it does not refer to the Roman Catholic Church. Instead, the word "Catholic" is derived from the Greek word katholikos which means "universal" or "general." Thus, the creed's reference to the "Holy catholic Church" is a reference to the entire body of Christ, the universal fellowship of believers and not a single denomination.
Do you think the Apostles' creed is still relevant today in the Church? As a Christian, do you have any difficulty believing part of the Apostles' Creed, or do you agree in its accuracy? Does your church teach the early Christian creeds and their history? If you attend a church that teaches the Apostles' Creed, please list them below in the comments so others can find good churches teaching the history of our faith.
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