Faith Fitness and Laughter

Nicene Creed

Do you ever wonder why, as a Christian, you believe what you believe?  Is it because you have been raised in church your entire life and itโ€™s all that you know or is it a conscious decision that you made to follow Christ?

Before I go any further, I want to share with you the Nicene Creed that originated in 325 A.D.

 

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. For us 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 truly human. 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]. Who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. Who 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.

 

This version was adopted and at the First Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.)

 

After reading this, I just become so extremely thankful that God places people where He places them and when.  His timing is perfect.  Always.  I mean He placed it in the hearts of these men to preserve why we believe what we believe because at the time there were other men trying to falsify the truth (Arian Controversy).  Arius (318 A.D. presbyter under Bishop Alexander of Alexandria ) defined the nature of Christ as being different from that of God and viewed Christ as a created being, greater than humans and worthy of worship but less than God. 

Even now, we have people that want to make Jesus something other than what He is. 

 

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The oldest copy of the Nicene Creed to date.  Dating back to the 5th century

 

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May we be truly overwhelmed with what Christ did for us over 2000 years ago and remember why we believe what we believe. 

 

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Have a beautiful day ๐Ÿ™‚

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