Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

       One thing that used to always confuse me was the word catholic, and I didn't know what apostolic meant. I am not catholic and never was so how is it that I confessed I believed in "one holy catholic and apostolic church"?  Well I learned that when it said catholic it meant universal. I actually learned this from my history book The History of the World in Christian Perspective. it said
          "... The invisible catholic church. Of course, there are many local churches; yet as God  looks down from heaven He sees one church made up of all true Christians. This one great 'invisible' church that only God sees can never meet in the way a local church does. Another name for this one great 'invisible' church is catholic, which originally meant simply 'universal' or 'one'." 
        I started listening closer to conversations at church and places and they all meant the same thing, universal. They did not mean the  Roman Catholic religion they were talking about the origanal meaning of the word.
          Then there was apostolic. I asked my pastor and he said it meant simply the church founded by the apostles. So what I'm getting out of this is that it's saying basically the Christian church.

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