Posted 01 October 2010 - 07:58 AM
1. The Nicene Creed is a confession of our Christian faith. According to Holy Tradition, the Nicene Creed was composed on Pentecost by the twelve apostles. The creed contains twelve articles of Faith, each one written by one of the apostles.
2. When members of the Church began to teach incorrect or heretical opinions, it became necessary to elaborate on the Creed, based on the teaching of our Lord, which would refute false teachings and guard against them.
--- 1. The Nicean Creed was prepared by the Nicean Council in 325. --- They no doubt referred to and examined the original 'Apostles Creed,' and found that it didn't exalt Jesus to the position of being in heaven before He was born on earth.
The Apostles Creed was what came from the Apostles, and it is as follows, which you can find often in older hymnbooks, and
it is still repeated in Churches on certain occasions. --- It was the Apostles' Statement of Faith, and has not been changed:
The Apostles' Creed
I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
--- (Note --- the word 'catholic' means 'universal,' --- and does not refer to the Roman Catholic Church.)
2. It seems evident that the Church had started teaching that Jesus was in heaven before He was born on earth, and this conflicted with the Christian groups that still taught according to the Apostles Creed
The council made up of men were perhaps well meaning in trying to simplify an understanding of the Godhead, --- but they were the ones in error. The proof that this new Creed was the work of men was that it caused division and death.
--- The Church began to impose this new teaching on all Christians and those who didn't comply were pursecuted or put to death, --- Now, do you think that action came from God, or from men?
The Godhead consisted of God, the Father, the Word (Logos), and the Holy Spirit. --- there are three,
The word trinity came from tri-unity, --- but their relationship does not make them co-equal, as the trinity teaches, does it?
There are many Churches that acknowledge both creeds, but the fact that the Apostles Creed is still with us, speaks of its authenticity.
If we examine the Scripture, in John 1, --- it said "The Word" (Logos) was with God in the beginning.
--- It was through the Word that all things were created. --- The Word was the active force in creation, and in the Quran it is expressed in the coming of one who would be CALLED God's Son as, --- "Be!" and it is.
Notice this verse in Surah 3:
47. Mary said: My Lord! How can I have a child when no mortal has touched me?
He said: So it will be. God creates what He will. If He decrees a thing, He says unto it only, --- "Be!" and it is.
John 1:14 says, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us."
--- Since Jesus was born into a human body from Mary, He would have her DNA, would He not?
However, the Word (Logos, which was with God in the beginning) was in Him. --- So He had a human body and divine Spirit.
The Word came and - 'took on a body of flesh' - in the person of Jesus.
Jesus was born on earth, He lived on earth, and He died on earth, --- The Word was with Him when He went to the lower parts of the earth, but because the Word was able to conquer death through Jesus, --- the Spiritual body of Jesus was resurrected, and, after His witness on earth, He ascended to heaven.
So the Word completed God's plan of redemption for mankind through Jesus, and returned to sit again at the right hand of God. --- However, in heaven, He is now called Jesus, as He was called on earth.
I know, this may add more confusion, but if you have questions, let's discuss it.