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.
Through him all things were made.
For us men 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 man.
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 )
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified
He 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.
The purpose of a Christian creed was to establish conformity of belief, uniquely essential for Christians, and by public professions of the faith, to identify heretics or any disconformity within each community. The Creed is a summary or miniature form of Christian theology, not a full definition, of what is required for personal orthodoxy. It was hoped by the church that by memorizing this summary of the faith, lay people without extensive theological training would still be able to recognize deviations from "orthodox" Christianity.
The Nicene Creed, first adopted in 325 at the First Council of Nicaea, is an implicit condemnation of specific alleged errors. Thus, as different variations in Christian belief evolved in the 4th century and were perceived as threats, new phrases were seen to be needed, like amendments to a constitution.
To the majority of modern evangelical Christian scholarship, the Nicene Creed is regarded as the quintessential prerequisite for Christian faith. In this traditional belief, all proper Christians affirm the Nicene Creed. The Nicene Creed is referred to by Roman Catholics and Orthodox as the "symbol of faith", and is recited as part of Christian worship services. In the Catholic Mass, it is also referred to as the "Profession of Faith”. However, other evangelical Christians who take an extreme view of the sanctity of the given word reject the Creed (and especially the reciting of it), not necessarily because it contains objectionable content, but simply because it is not found in the Bible.
I find it fascinating that the Nicene Creed does not include the most important theological pillar upon which Christianity stands… that of original sin? I propose the following amendment:
“We believe that all men have an inherently sinful nature; that all fall short of the glory of God, and that all men come from the factory with a limited warranty because of that.”
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