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Creeds of the faith help believers of the Christian Faith understand the essentials and basics of what faith is.  They explain and elaborate what Scripture teaches and the truths found in scripture revealed by God. This not only helps believers know the truth of scripture, but also help distinguish truth from heresies; revealing teachings that are not of the orthodox Christian faith.
  • Irenaues' Rule of Faith 
    • Romans 12:6
    • Galatians 6:16
    • Tertullian "Let our ‘seeking,’ therefore be in that which is our own, and from those who are our own, and concerning that which is our own, — that, and only that, which can become an object of inquiry without impairing the rule of faith."
    • Scripture Alone 
    • The Old Roman Creed (70-120AD)
      • I believe in God the Father almighty;
        and in Christ Jesus His only Son, our Lord,
        Who was born from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
        Who under Pontius Pilate was crucified and buried,
        on the third day rose again from the dead,
        ascended to heaven,
        sits at the right hand of the Father,
        whence He will come to judge the living and the dead;
        and in the Holy Spirit,
        the holy Church,
        the remission of sins,
        the resurrection of the flesh
        (the life everlasting).  
    • The Apostles Creed (The Synod of Milan in 390AD)
      • I believe in God, the Father almighty,
        creator of heaven and earth.

        I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
        who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
        born of the Virgin Mary,
        suffered under Pontius Pilate,
        was crucified, died, and was buried;
        he descended into hell.
        On the third day he rose again;
        he ascended into heaven,
        he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
        and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

        I believe in the Holy Spirit,
        the holy catholic and apostolic Church,
        the communion of saints,
        the forgiveness of sins,
        the resurrection of the body,
        and the life everlasting. Amen.
  • Hippolytus' Baptism Confession (210AD)
    • “When the person being baptized goes down into the water, he who baptizes him, putting his hand on him, shall say: “Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty?” And the person being baptized shall say: “I believe.” Then holding his hand on his head, he shall baptize him once.
      And then he shall say: “Do you believe in Christ Jesus, the Son of God, who was born of the Virgin Mary, and was crucified under Pontius Pilate, and was dead and buried, and rose again the third day, alive from the dead, and ascended into heaven, and sat at the right hand of the Father, and will come to judge the living and the dead?” And when he says: “I believe,” he is baptized again.
      And again he shall say: “Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, in the holy church, and the resurrection of the body?” The person being baptized shall say: “I believe,” and then he is baptized a third time”
  • Nicene Creed (Pre-Apostles Creed)
    • 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.
      Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
      And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
      And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
       
  • Athanasian Creed (325AD)
  • Chalcedonian Creed (451AD)
    • We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a reasonable [rational] soul and body; consubstantial [co-essential] with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ; as the prophets from the beginning [have declared] concerning Him, and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us.
  • The Belgic Confession (1567AD)

  • The Heidelberg Catechism (1563AD)
  • The Canons of The Synod of Dort (1619AD)
  • The Westminster Confession of Faith (1664AD)

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