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Apostles Creed

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APOSTLES CREED A creed is a statement of belief. Early Christians believed from what other Christians said about God when they preached to non-Christians and from what Christians said about God to other Christians. Kerygma was the term used for the early beliefs of Christians, these beliefs were: * The man Jesus was God's chosen one, Messiah/Christ - Son of God and fully human. * Through Jesus God made himself known. * Jesus was crucified but God raised him from the dead. * God appointed Jesus to be judge of all people. * Through Jesus God offers people forgiveness of sins, the gift of the Holy Spirit and new (eternal) life. A 'Rule of Faith' written by the early fathers of the church such as Irenaeus and Tertullian was devised to summarise the basic Christian beliefs. It's two main purposes were; to preserve true teaching (doctrine) and to refute false teaching (heresy). It became in practice for new converts to declare their belief in God - Father, Son and Spirit - before being baptized. Not all creeds are religious. Some statements of belief are secular (non-religious) and are used in everyday life: * I believe in looking after number one. * I believe in putting your money into bricks and mortar. * I believe in free speech. * I believe in protecting the environment. * I believe in equal rights. ...read more.

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Through the gift of life Jesus saved the human race from sin and for God. This is what is meant by the words: " He died for my sins - to take away my sins." The image here is that we are all tied down by sin and evil. We cannot get free of it. Jesus neutralises that sin and the power of evil by dying. Sin separates humanity from God we loose our happiness and we will not be able to have eternal life. Jesus' sacrifice was not limited; it was the greatest and perfect act of salvation. It saved all human beings so they could live eternally with God. That is why Jesus is called the Saviour. An example in the bible of salvation is in Matthew 26:28, 'The Lord's supper': "This is my blood, which seals God's covenant, my blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." Atonement - at one with God Old Testament background. Yom Kippur is a day of atonement where the high priest enters the inner most sanctuary of the temple with the blood of the animals which had been sacrificed. A goat was used symbolically to take away the sins of the people. Jesus became the human sacrifice, whose blood really does take away our sins. Atonement has a similar meaning to reconciliation. To atone is to make amends for something and so restore harmony. ...read more.

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God is the all-powerful (omnipotent), all knowing (Omniscient) and all loving being who created and loves the universe and everything in it, we are all his creation. The Father Almighty The image of Father in the Creed should not be the formal meaning as in the English language but the image of Daddy. This mistake occurred in the translation of the creed from Hebrew to English. When we think of a Father figure we would immediately think of; a man who is deeply respected, a man who must be obeyed, a man who is stern and has authority or even a man you almost fear. Daddy is quite the opposite; a man who is friendly and informal, a man you can talk to and share your problems with or a man who is always there making sure you are safe. So what is the word "Father" in the Apostles Creed really meant to mean? To us God should like both a Father and a Daddy figure. We should think of him as having all the qualities of a Father and Daddy in one. He should seem; loving, approachable, understanding, providing, protective and forgiving. But God is also one who is extremely stern, wise and expects obedience. References to Father/Daddy in the bible: Mt: 6:7-10 - "Your Father already knows what you need before you ask him." 6:31-33 - "Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things." 7:9-11 - "You know how to give good things to your children. ...read more.

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