We all have a “creed” that tells what we believe, whether it’s written or something we carry around in our heads.
Many people mistakenly think they can make up a God to suite their own tastes and preferences instead of seeking God for who He is and who He has revealed Himself to be.
As Christians, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel in the 21st century as to what we believe as the core of our faith. Of course, there are thousands of points of minor variations in our practice and non-essential doctrine as Christ-followers, mainly concerning style, preference, and culture.
But what makes a Christian different than let’s say, a cult, is the core of what we all hold to be uncompromising sacred teaching and understanding.
These truths, though complex and mysterious at times, are derived from the overall teaching of Scripture and not just a few proof-texts.
One of these core truths concerns the nature of God. Our belief in this area as Christians separate us from all other faiths including Mormans and JW’s. The Anasthasian Creed put into writing what Christians believed about the nature of God revealed in Scripture and by Jesus Himself. It was used to combat the ancient heresay of Arianism which was most recently revived in the 20th Century by Charles Taze Russel, founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
So, take a look at this creed and see if your understanding of the nature of God lines up with it.
If not, where would you differ and why?
Keep in mind that “Catholic” means “Universal” church, not necessarily the Roman Catholic Church which is headed by the Pope in Rome. I am a part of the “catholic” church, the church universal, if I have been born again according to John 3:3 having confessed Christ as resurrected Savior and Lord according to Romans 10:9,10.
Take your time and try to digest it as you go. Repeat what it says if you don’t understand it until you get it:
Whosoever will be saved: before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic faith.
Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled: without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
And the Catholic faith is this: that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;
Neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son: and another of the Holy Ghost.
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one: the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son: and such is the Holy Ghost.
The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate: and the Holy Ghost uncreate.
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible: and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
The Father eternal, the Son eternal: and the Holy Ghost eternal.
And yet they are not three eternals: but one eternal.
As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated: but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty: and the Holy Ghost Almighty.
And yet they are not three Almighties: but one Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God: and the Holy Ghost is God.
And yet they are not three Gods: but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord: and the Holy Ghost Lord
And yet not three Lords: but one Lord.
For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity: to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord; so we are forbidden by the Catholic religion: to say. There be three Gods, or three Lords.
The Father is made of none: neither created, nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone: not made, nor created, but begotten.
The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons: one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other: none is greater, or less than another;
But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together: and co-equal.
So that in all things, as is aforesaid: the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
He therefore that will be saved: must thus think of the Trinity.
Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation: that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the right faith is that we believe and confess: that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;
God, of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds: and Man, of the Substance of his Mother, born in the world;
Perfect God and perfect Man: of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting;
Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead: and inferior to the Father, as touching his Manhood.
Who although He be God and Man: yet He is not two, but one Christ;
One; not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh: but by taking of the Manhood into God;
One altogether; not by confusion of substance: but by unity of Person.
For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man: so God and Man is one Christ;
Who suffered for our salvation:
Descended into hell,
Rose again the third day from the dead.
He ascended into heaven, He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty:
From whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies: and shall give account for their own works.
And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting: and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
This is the Catholic Faith: which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end