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The APOSTLES CREED

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What Do You BELIEVE?

The Articles that affirm Jesus Christ


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!



This is the oldest of All Biblical 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 today in this 21st century 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. It contains 66 brilliantly inspired Books that were inspired by GOD. (39) Thirty-nine books in the Old Testament and (27) twenty- seven books in the New Testament. The Old Testament was written primarily originally in Hebrew and some in Aramaic. It was then translated to Greek! How amazing that there are over 5,600 Greek Manuscripts to validate just the New Testament!



A bit of Bible History

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 the "Apostles Creed" 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.



I pray that you are blessed, encouraged and inspired by this magnificent creed!



The Apostle’s Creed


This is an affirmation of one’s FAITH! Before repeating the "Apostles Creed" 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 believe and holdfast to the principles therein the; "APOSTLES' CREED!"

YES LORD, I TRULY BELIEVE!!!


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Comments

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on May 21, 2011:

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

Donna Kristine from Atlanta, GA on May 20, 2011:

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

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 31, 2010:

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 !

Brenda Durham on December 29, 2010:

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 (author) on November 09, 2010:

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 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on November 09, 2010:

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 (author) on August 16, 2010:

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

jobeobob on August 16, 2010:

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DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 04, 2010:

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

Debra Allen from West By God on February 04, 2010:

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 (author) on January 25, 2010:

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

sibaja_software from Italy on January 25, 2010:

A very inspiring hub, thank you so much for sharing

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 19, 2010:

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!

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on January 18, 2010:

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 (author) on January 18, 2010:

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 (author) on January 18, 2010:

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 (author) on January 18, 2010:

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 (author) on January 18, 2010:

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 from Chicago on January 17, 2010:

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!"

Elena from London, UK on January 16, 2010:

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. :)

Holle Abee from Georgia on January 16, 2010:

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

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 15, 2010:

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!

Royal Diadem on January 15, 2010:

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 from Atlanta,Ga. on January 15, 2010:

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 (author) on January 15, 2010:

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!

Saint Lawrence from Canada on January 15, 2010:

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 (author) on January 15, 2010:

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

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 15, 2010:

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 (author) on January 15, 2010:

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 from Nigeria on January 15, 2010:

Great. Remain blessed.

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 15, 2010:

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

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on January 15, 2010:

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 from Irl on January 15, 2010:

DeBorrah K.-

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

God Bless.

Ken R. Abell from ON THE ROAD on January 15, 2010:

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

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 14, 2010:

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 from hub on January 14, 2010:

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 (author) on January 14, 2010:

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 (author) on January 14, 2010:

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 from Baltimore, MD on January 14, 2010:

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!

Benny Faye Ashton Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on January 14, 2010:

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

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