The 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.
I have been participating in a dialogue with the authors of The Implementation of Islam. The point of division is the divinity of Jesus Christ. I, being the evangelical Christian that I am claim that Jesus is, indeed, divine. The authors of that blog maintain that, although Jesus was a great prophet and servant of God, He was a man and not divine. No surprises in either position. The council of Nicea was brought up in the discussion and I informed them that yes, the driving force behind that council was the question of Jesus’ divinity, and the decision was that He is divine and the above creed was the outcome of that council. Anything else was deemed heresy.
I applaud the worthy scholars of that blog for their willingness to to dialogue. Will either of us change our minds or our faiths? God only knows. But the mere fact that we are able to discuss such a weighty subject is, to me, an example of blogging at its best.
May God Bless them.
The related article:
- Be Still and Know Jesus (christophercrandolph.wordpress.com)