The History of the Apostle's Creed

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The Apostle’s Creed is the official statement of Christian belief. It is used by many Christian denominations with only slight variations. The history of the Apostle’s Creed dates back to the third century, as Christianity became the dominate religion. The Creed summarizes the history of Christianity and its foundation.

1 History: The Apostles

The original title is "Symbolum Apostolicum," which translates to symbol or creed of the Apostles. According to the Catholic faith, the 12 Apostles each wrote one part of the Apostle’s Creed. This was during the time they were still under the motivation of the Holy Spirit. The Apostles brought forth the official teachings of Christ. The Apostle’s Creed is a simple statement of beliefs for the Catholic and Apostolic faith.

2 History: The Roman Creed

Other religious denominations believe the Apostle’s Creed originated in the New Testament. This was said to have been done by taking parts of the New Testament and merging them to create the creed.

3 Statement of Faith

The Apostle’s Creed is also known as the Rule of Faith. The Apostle’s Creed was created to represent a uniform statement of Christian belief. The God’s word as getting lost as impostors interjected false teachings. Church leaders wanted one simple statement that would define Christianity and stay true to Christian traditions.

4 Variations

Although it is a uniform belief of all Christians, the Apostle’s Creed does vary slightly between religious denominations. Additions and changes were made to pertain to the different denominations. For example, “he descended into Hell” is not found in the Catholic version of the Apostle’s Creed, but is found in the Lutheran faith version.

5 The Apostle’s Creed

“I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth; of all that is seen and unseen. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ the only son of God. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and became man. He suffered, died and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the scriptures. He is seated at the right hand of Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the life everlasting. Amen.”