Have you heard this song?
We’ve been singing this song at my church lately. It’s a very powerful song. It’s powerful because it’s based on the Apostles’ Creed.
- 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 Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
If you read through the Apostles’ Creed, you should agree with everything in it no matter what denomination or theological background you come from. This is the boiled down basics of Christianity.
Since it wasn’t written in english to begin with, there’s a lot of translations of the Apostles’ Creed. Wikipedia has a lot of the translations and it’s pretty interesting to read through them all.
The Apostles’ Creed has been used in the church for centuries, but it has been used less and less in modern churches. Catholics and some other denominations still use it on a regular basis, but it isn’t used often at all in most of the church. This might be because of a notion we tend to get that we know better than people in the past. This isn’t true. We shouldn’t constantly be reinventing the faith. We should build on what others have already laid down for us. It’s a shame to think that so many Christians can’t tell you what the basics of Christianity are, when there’s a creed that they could easily memorize that explains the whole thing.
I for one have decided that I’m going to memorize the Apostles’ Creed. Not because it’s my ticket into heaven or a way to be better than everyone else, but a way to honor those Christians who have gone before me and to make sure that the basic tenants of my faith are treasured deep inside me.
I think that it would be a good idea to start researching and reading what our Christian forefathers have already done. Is it better to start building from scratch or to build on top of what two thousand years worth of smart people have already built?