The Christians’s Creed

Sep 18, 2014 1241

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The Christian’s Creed
by Desmond Ford

Excerpt

One of the earliest creeds, known as The Apostles’ Creed. dates back at least to the close of the fourth century after Christ. Though linked with the twelve, it certainly was not their formation. In later years came the Athanasian and the Nicean Creeds and after more than ten centuries the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England. Many other confessions are known to church history. In view of the necessity of setting forth what we believe to be the essence of revealed truth. what should be our attitude to such creedal statements? We should neither deify nor despise such. Neither should we exaggerate the differences between creedal affirmations made by various churches. Probably in at least eighty percent of Christian issues most groups  are agreed. While church councils could endorse celibacy of the clergy, the infallibility of the pope, the inspiration of Hebrew vowel points in Scripture. and the expulsion of many faithful from the communion of the saints, yet the marvel is not that Christ’s disciples have so often strayed from his truth, but that they have not strayed further. Can we avoid straying with them? If we have already strayed, how do we retrace our steps?

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