Friday, May 26, 2006

What's This 'Nicene Creed' Mentioned In 'The Da Vinci Code'?

The Nicene Creed is something that is either accepted in full or not at all. This is the stand of Christianity. If you've read the book or have seen the film (The Da Vinci Code), you've heard about this Creed. What is it?

The Nicene Creed states things that may surprise some Christians, or "christians." Surprise them, because they've never been exposed to what it says, and what it asks the reader to believe and accept in his or her heart and mind.

The Nicene Creed is this (you can make up your own mind as to whether or not you accept what this ancient Creed states)...

We 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 Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, True God of True God, Begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made:

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man;

And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;

And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures;

And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father;

And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the Prophets;

And we believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.

We look for the Resurrection of the dead,

And the Life of the age to come. Amen.

*Note: as recited in Church, we use the first person singular, "I believe...," throughout the Creed, although, as a conciliar decree, it was originally set down in the plural, "We believe...."

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