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Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

The Creeds

11/27/16 

 

A review of the Nicene and Apostles Creed, which have been adopted by many as their definition of the Christian faith, reveals a very interesting fact. For the most part these creeds involve an affirmation of various historical events and a description of the so called Godhead. No where in these creedal statements do we see any mention of the moral/ethical instructions of Christ. One must conclude that being a Christian, in accordance with Orthodoxy, requires no knowledge of his moral teachings.

 

Fascinatingly, the Bible provides a record of three and a half years in which Christ ministered and taught his followers. The historical events, which predominate the officially recognized creeds, form only a small fraction of what we read about in the Gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus. Why does the Christian faith ignore that which comprises most of what we know about Jesus and instead focus on certain historical events which they claim are the essentials? The actual instructions of Jesus, the purveyor of the way, the truth, and the life, somehow become insignificant to the church.

 

One can supposedly become associated with Christ and the benefit of his sacrifice by simply confirming a belief in a select few historical details about his life. Any prior knowledge of what that association might involve in terms of life transformation is unnecessary. The truth of Jesus apparently does not involve what he taught about being fully, abundantly alive. It does not include the vast majority of what the Gospels tell us about his message. What matters is simply what the church says matters, no more and no less. It's a strange form of allegiance to Christ by any stretch of the imagination.

 

Because their concept of salvation involves escaping an imminent threat of eternal damnation, the church has been obliged to formulate a process by which someone quickly becomes a Christian by little more than repeating a verbal formula. That process is reflected in the creeds and forms the crux of church doctrine to this day. In that religious atmosphere there is little wonder that the church largely ignores much of what Jesus was all about.

 

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