Most of the content of this blog concerns Christianity, either directly or indirectly. It is therefore worth taking a few moments to clarify what exactly Christianity is.
Most people have some ideas about the Christian faith, but in many cases the understanding is either incomplete or includes false impressions. The central elements of Christianity are contained in the three ecumenical creeds. These statements of faith encapsulate what a Christian believes, and acknowledging the truth of these creeds is the hallmark of Christianity.
The simplest and oldest of the statements of belief is called the Apostles’ Creed, and was used as early as the 2nd century AD.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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 to the dead.
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.