Apostles' Creed

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The Apostles' Creed

The "Apostles Creed" is an early statement of Christian belief, probably from the first or second century. It appears to have been written as a response to Gnosticism. The Apostles' Creed is widely used by a number of Protestant denominations for both services and theological education, most visibly by the Lutheran and Anglican churches.

Bible verses relevant to the Apostles' Creed can be found at the web page The Apostles' Creed—Bible verses.

Enlgish Translation

Below is an English tranlsation of the creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of Heaven and Earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;

He descended into Hell.

On the third day he rose again from the dead.

He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

The holy universal church and the communion of saints

The forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body,

And the life everlasting. Amen.

Theological issues

It does not address some of the Christological issues associated with the later Nicene Creed and other Christian Creeds. In particular, it was acceptable to many Arians and Unitarians.



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