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                  The Apostles' Creed (Date Unknown)

According to legend, the Apostles' Creed was written by the twelve apostles on the tenth day after Jesus' ascension, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The legend was effectively exposed by Lorenzo Valla and later scholars.  However, all of the tenets expressed in this short credo are found in the theological formulas known to have existed around 100 AD.  Scholars have determined this formula likely developed around Rome at the end of the second century.

The Apostle's Creed      

                                                   We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
                                                   maker of heaven and earth;

                                                   And 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 into hell;
                                                   the third day He arose again from the dead;
                                                   He ascended into heaven,
                                                   and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
                                                   From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

                                                   We believe in the Holy Spirit;
                                                   the holy catholic (universal) Church;
                                                   the communion of the saints;
                                                   the forgiveness of sins;
                                                   the resurrection of the body,
                                                   and the life everlasting, Amen


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