Nicene Creed

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  1. qwark profile image57
    qwarkposted 7 years ago

    What the Hell does this mean?

    "I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

    And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made."

    1. luvpassion profile image59
      luvpassionposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Used in public liturgy during worship services in many Christian religions.

      Teri

      1. qwark profile image57
        qwarkposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        thanks Luv:
        I didn't asked how it is used or where, I asked what the hell does it mean?

        1. luvpassion profile image59
          luvpassionposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I know but I'm a rabble rouser...or haven't you heard big_smile

          1. qwark profile image57
            qwarkposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            yep...lolol   you just told me...:-)

    2. Greek One profile image75
      Greek Oneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It refers to the unity of Jesus with God.

      Want me to give you my local priest's telephone #?

      I think he's got email now (hut if you send him a message on Sunday, it could take a while to get back to you because that is his busy day... so don;t hold it against him smile

      1. qwark profile image57
        qwarkposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Greek...they don't know...they are just as bigoted as are prelates of any cult. They have nothing but guesses and conjecture.
        My native language is English. 6 years of college. For the life of me I cannot make out the literal translation of this "garble."
        Anyone?

        1. Greek One profile image75
          Greek Oneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Well, bigoted or not, they can give you an opinion as to what it means to them, as those who follow and use the Creed.

          As for what was of those who developed the Creed.... well they have been dead now for a few thousand years almost, so it would be hard to get in touch.

          Which part do you find confusing?  The first sentence declares a belief in an all powerful God who made everything.

          The second parts declares a belief that Jesus was of God.. ie he is united with God in essence as one being (similar to the trilogy where you get the unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), and not just 'created' by God as a fully separate entity.

          1. luvpassion profile image59
            luvpassionposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            A serious side...I'm surprised. smile

            Teri

            1. Greek One profile image75
              Greek Oneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Why are you surprised?

              Did you not read my hubs on Elmer Fudd?

              Some have called them 'intense, in-depth and moving'

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                DoorMattnomoreposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                a must read, I say. The life of Elmer.

                1. Greek One profile image75
                  Greek Oneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  Would you not say it is so deep that it changed your life?

                  I get that a lot from many readers, you know.

                  1. Daniel Carter profile image79
                    Daniel Carterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    I think in Elmer's words it might be "it changed my wife."

          2. qwark profile image57
            qwarkposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Greek:
            Thanks.
            I've sat and spoken with priests and prelates of other cults.
            They have all be indoctrinated in what to give as answers. Protestant cultists disagree with each other and all protestants disagree with catholicism which proclaims to be the only correct interpreter of their cult beliefs.
            You see, Constantine proclaimed, in the 1st council of nicaea, that this jesus was god. The 2nd council is where ya find the subject of my question.
            Now, as a speaker and student of English, the definition of "son" is as follows: a male offspring or descendant. If the "creed" says: "And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds..."
            How do I interpret the "creed" if it proclaims this jesus to be both god and his son?
            It's this kind of cultish idiocy that is so confusing to so many and is accepted without thought by the majority of "believers."
            By the by, the definition of "cult" is a religious system/formal religious veneration.

            1. Greek One profile image75
              Greek Oneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              hmmm.. it sounds like you already have a pretty well established point of view / interpretation of the Creed  smile

              1. qwark profile image57
                qwarkposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Yep...it's Garble.  lol :-) Do you have a different one? if so, c'mon "garble" it up some more....:-)

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                  DoorMattnomoreposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  what do you think it means? wich part is confusing?

                  1. qwark profile image57
                    qwarkposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    Door:
                    Scroll up, I just explained my confusion a little earlier.

                2. Greek One profile image75
                  Greek Oneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  i can't covert you until after I am done with Mark Knowles...
                  my eta for his baptism in Nov 19th. 

                  With Mark's conversion, my regular day job, trying to get my hubs up over 2 clicks a day, and my never ending search for more relevant porn, I simply can't allocate the time.

                  In the meantime, there are a number of born again types that would be happy to engage in a more 'aggressive' discussion  smile

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                    DoorMattnomoreposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    covert? hehehee

                  2. qwark profile image57
                    qwarkposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    Greek :  lol i'm for the more relevant porn! Aggressive chat with retarded cultists? I'll pass...but thanks for offering....:-)

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      Amie Warrenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That Nicene Creed is not complete. Here is the last part:

      And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

      It was written in the 4th century, what do you expect? It basically says the same thing as the Apostles' Creed in more difficult to understand 4th century language.

      I was raised Episcopalian, which is as close to Catholic as you can get without trying. Really, it's the Catholic church with married priests and divorce tossed in by Henry the 8th and the quest for world domination taken out. Fewer pedophiles, since priests can marry.  We have all the same creeds.  I like the Apostles' Creed better.  It sort of says it all for any Christian, which I'm not anymore, but still.

      I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
          the 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. [See Calvin]

      The third day He arose 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.

      1. qwark profile image57
        qwarkposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Amie:
        My goodness! I've been through that so many times! GARBLE!
        ALL GARBLE! Loads of it with absolutely no meaning anyone can interpret....:-) they just reiterate!

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          Amie Warrenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Yeah, I know. We had to say them both every Sunday. I never understood why. If you've said it once, why say it again because it's in a later form of the same language?

          I'm incorrigible anyway, so religion didn't take.

    4. Daniel Carter profile image79
      Daniel Carterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Sounds more like a trap so you can lambast anyone who does believe it.

      Really qwark, if you truly want to know what it means, go on your own spiritual journey and investigate for yourself so you don't take hostages along the way, thumping on them that they're idiots.

    5. profile image59
      paarsurreyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hi friend qwark

      The first part is correct.

      The second part is incorrect and in fact negates the first one.

      Jesus believed in the first part only; he never believed in the second one, literally and physically .

      Thanks

      I am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim

  2. thooghun profile image82
    thooghunposted 7 years ago

    It seems like a roundabout way of cementing the fact that Jesus was the only man made by God, and not by man. And that he and the creator are indivisible in spirit and substance.

    And, of course, a lot of redundant rhetoric.

    1. qwark profile image57
      qwarkposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Constantine was not baptized a christian until he lay on his deathbed. What was decided in the 2nd council? is this jesus guy god or just the son of god..? I know it's all BS, but roman catholicism uses the message...for what reason?
      What the hell does it mean?   aaarghhh....lol

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      Amie Warrenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      The only one? What about Adam? Jesus was the only one BEGOTTEN of God, not made by God. Begats are big in the Bible.

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        DoorMattnomoreposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        lol

      2. Greek One profile image75
        Greek Oneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        yeah but Adam was 'made'.. he did not himself emanate from / of God

  3. Jerami profile image71
    Jeramiposted 7 years ago

    Please save me some time looking it up; and tell me;  what was the biggest difference between the council at nicea and the second one in 330 Something?? 
       That question crossed my mind the other day.

    1. qwark profile image57
      qwarkposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      ...it just finalized Constantines decision that this jesus is god.

      1. Jerami profile image71
        Jeramiposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        At which of these conventions was the choices made for the canon?

 
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