ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Religion and Philosophy»
  • The Role of Religion in History & Society

The APOSTLES CREED

Updated on February 9, 2015
Apostles Peter & Paul
Apostles Peter & Paul

What Do You BELIEVE?

THE APOSTLES CREED

 

I would like to share with you the APOSTLES CREED. It is such a wonderful and meaningful creed, which dates back as early as the 6th century. A half century after the last writings of the New Testament. It has been recorded in history that on the day of Pentecost directed by the HOLY SPIRIT the Apostles together composed this wonderful creed! It is the oldest of All creeds! It is said that each of the Apostles contributed to its composition. I personally think that it is a brilliantly written spirit filled “work of art.” It contains (12) twelve articles which affirms the Lord Jesus Christ and the TRUTH of GOD's WORD!

 

Keep in mind that we have free access to the complete Holy Scriptures in the form of “The Bible” this was not the case in the earlier centuries. The Bible consists of the Old and the New Testaments. The Old Testament was written primarily originally in Hebrew and some in Aramaic. It was then translated to Greek! There are over 5,600 Greek Manuscripts to validate the New Testament!

 

Did you know that the Bible contains 1,189 chapters and 31,102 verses. It was written by over forty authors. The original manuscripts were not divided into chapters and verses. It was Cardinal Hugo de Sancto Caro who began this process in 1244 to about 1248. He at the same time was creating a concordance of the Latin Vulgate to help people have the ability to look up the scriptures. The modern version was revised by Stephen Langton an Archbishop of Canterbury in England. This was also used by the Wycliffe English version that was eventually circulated in 1382. The current system we use was first published in the Geneva Bible in 1560 prior to the King James Version which was published in 1611.

For many it has become a ritual that is simply repeated during worship. But if you listen attentively you will hear and see that it is so much more. It vividly gives one a great descriptive synopsis of Jesus’ origin and purpose in our lives.

 

The Apostle’s Creed is an affirmation of one’s FAITH! Before repeating one first is usually asked “What do you believe?” upon stating:

“I Believe in God the Father Almighty! The Maker of Heaven and Earth. And in Jesus Christ the only Son of our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified died and was buried. The third day He arose from the dead! And He ascended into Heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I Believe in the Holy Spirit! His Holy *Catholic Church! The Communion of saints and the Forgiveness of sins. The Resurrection of the body and LIFE everlasting. Amen!”

*Catholic meaning God’s universal worldwide Church!

I TRULY BELIEVE!!!

 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Kristine, AMEN! PRAISE GOD! You are welcome! Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

    • Kristine Manley profile image

      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      PRAISE GOD! Is all I can say. Thank you.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Brenda Durham, THANK YOU! It really is a marvelous CREED! It explains who we are as believers in JESUS CHRIST!

      Thank You for stopping by to share your words of encouragement! Luv the song of PRAISE! YES! We are one in JESUS! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU !

    • profile image

      Brenda Durham 6 years ago

      Good hub. Good stuff, the Apostles' Creed. I believe it too. A song we sing in Church reminds me of it, that, as you said, all true believers in all churches and places are His "Church";

      Goes like---

      We believe in God the Father

      We believe in Christ the Son

      We believe in the Holy Spirit

      We are the Church and we stand as one....

      and etc...

      Your writings are always concise and well-written, graceful and full of Hope, DeBorrah. Hugs and blessings sweet lady.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Stars, The Apostle Creed is realy Wonderful! It is eternal! I pray that you continue to find comfort in the POWERFUL TRUTH it contains!

      Thank you as always for stopping by to share! God Bless ALL of you! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

    • stars439 profile image

      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      This lovely hub brings back warm memories of when I prayed often using the Apostles Creed. It is such a wonderful piece of work. I must say it often because it makes me feel so much more secure in my life. Thank You. God Bless You Dear And Precious Heart.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Jobeobob, The WORD of God is so amazing! It is full of wisdom! Be BLESSED!

    • profile image

      jobeobob 7 years ago

      IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII dont no what to say

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Lady Guinevere, The Apostle Creed is wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to visit and share your comments! Please do come again, Peace & Blessings

    • Lady Guinevere profile image

      Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

      Interesting history but they did take anything feminine out of the creed. It did include Father and Mother before it was changed after the 6th century.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Sibaja software, Thank You! So glad you were inspired and thank you for stopping by, Blessings!

    • sibaja_software profile image

      sibaja_software 7 years ago from Italy

      A very inspiring hub, thank you so much for sharing

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Nobody, Yes, it is and I agree "an affirmation of a Christian's life and FAITH!" Thank you my brother for visiting and sharing as always, In HIS Love & Blessings!

    • no body profile image

      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      The Apostle's Creed is a statement of Christian faith. The term catholic is usually not capitalized when I have read the creed in the past. I think it is confusing to a lot of people because of the generic term being so close to the label taken by the Catholic church. This hub is an affirmation of a Christian's life and faith.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      James A Watkins, Yes indeed we are on one accord! I agree Professor! No doubt that they were led by the Spirit! Thank you for sharing, it is always a pleasure! In His Love & Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Lady E, It is used in many denominations... I am glad this was helpful! Thank you as always for visiting & sharing! Much love & Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Habee, It is wonderful to know the Apsotles Creed! Now as an adult I am sure you can appreciate it that much more... Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Royal Diadem, The Apostles Creed is quite a Masterpiece! Now being filled with the Holy Spirit I am sure its meaning is NOW dear to your heart... Having the presence of The Holy Spirit makes all the difference in the world! His Holy Spirit is what brings Life to the Word and bears witness to TRUTH! Thank You for visiting and sharing, please do come again! Blessings!

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I have always loved the Apostles' Creed. When I read the beautiful simplicity and yet comprehensiveness of its message I think to myself "Surely these men were led by the Spirit!"

    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      I have seen this in Catholic Churches - which I attend if I'm away from home for the weekend. I thought it was a Prayer - now I know it's The Apostles Creed.

      Thanks and Best Wishes. :)

    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I learned this as a child and have never forgotten it. Great hub!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      godPreacher, You are quite welcome! Thank you brother, The "Apostle's Creed" really is wonderful and yes so full of spiritual MEAT! Thank you as always for visiting in His Love & Blessings!

    • profile image

      Royal Diadem 7 years ago

      I was raise up Catholic as a little girl, had my confirmation and First Holy Communion by the time I was twelve years old. Today, I am Apostolic and have been filled with the Holy Spirit for over 22 years. I have Apostle Creed memorizes, because the Nuns made me learn it. Thank you for the information, very well written

    • godpreacher profile image

      godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      Sis. DeBorrah,

      Thank you for sharing The Apostles Creed with us, and thank you for the learning that is also meat in this message.

      God Bless

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Saintatlarge, I too learned this at a very young age... This is so true! As you say; "It remains in my heart like a heavenly coat of arms" What a wonderful perspective! Thank you for visiting and sharing, Blessings!

    • Saintatlarge profile image

      Saintatlarge 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks DeBorrah, this has been a part of my life since first learning it during catechism class as a young boy in the Presbyterian Church. It remains in my heart like a heavenly coat of arms.

      Blessings. L.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Philipo, Thank you for taking the tine to stop by, Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Rev Lady, Thank you my sister as always for sharing your insightful commemts! You are quite welcome! The "Apostles' Creed" is truly a real gem! In His Love & Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Itakins, Indeed it is for ALL Christians! We as believers can come together in unity as we fully embrace the profound TRUTH and principles of the "Apostle's Creed" As always Thank You as always for visiting and sharing, In His Love & Blessings!

    • Philipo profile image

      Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

      Great. Remain blessed.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Ken R Arbell, You are quite welcome! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your insightful comments, Blessings!

    • RevLady profile image

      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Every church has its positives and negatives so to speak. The Apostle's Creed is certainly one of the positives in those denominations that use it. I agree with you, "It vividly gives one a great descriptive synopsis of Jesus’ origin and purpose in our lives."

      Thank you for sharing and explaining this great statement of the Christian faith.

      Forever His,

    • itakins profile image

      itakins 7 years ago from Irl

      DeBorrah K.-

      This beautiful prayer is for all Christians the definitive statement of our belief.

      God Bless.

    • Ken R. Abell profile image

      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Amen. And amen. Thank you for a good history lesson & a reminder of timeless truth.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Heart4theword, The word "catholic" referred to in the "Apostle's Creed" means whole or universal! Catholic meaning the Christian Church at large. Yes it happened before the Catholic Church was formally formed... Thank you for visiting, I hope this has been helpful Blessings!

    • heart4theword profile image

      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Interesting you wrote about this...someone shared this with me a couple of months ago. I really don't understand, how if this wasn't anything to do with the actual Catholic Church, why was Catholic Church mentioned in the creed. Did the creed really happen before the Catholic Church was ever formed? I'm trying to understand this in a deeper way, any comments?

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Unchained Grace, It is indeed a wonderful Creed! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share your comments. I am glad that you enjoyed this, Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image
      Author

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Creativeone, I am glad that you have been uplifted! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share your comments. In His Love & Blessings!

    • Unchained Grace profile image

      Unchained Grace 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      While I was signing in, Creativeone59 beat me to the number 1 spot! Good for you!

      I have always been impressed not only by the origin and development of The Apostle's Creed but by the fact also that after so many thousands of hands and eyes that have been over it since, the same truths always come through and consistently confirm each other.

      On a sidenote, I've been to the forums and heard the demonic whining and arguing from the atheists and all the assorted other babbling. They denounce what we follow, yet they have absolutely nothing of any substance whatsoever to stand for.

      DeBorrah, thank you for sharing this. You made my day!

    • creativeone59 profile image

      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      That was uplifhting and very touching Lady D, thank you so much for sharing. Blessings to you. creativeone59