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The Nicene Creed (325)


The text of this creed was approved at the Council of Nicea (reputed to have been 318 bishops) in 325.  The debate giving rise to this creed turned upon the the nature of the Son (Christ) and His relation to the Father.  The term "homoousios" (of one substance with the Father) became the keyword of this debate which, against the objections of the Arians and Sabellians, was endorsed by the majority in attendance to became the orthodox view.

The Creed of Nicea

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth, and of all that is seen and unseen;

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God.
Begotten of the Father before the foundation of world;
God of God, Light of Light, True God of True God.
Begotten, not made, One in being with the Father, by Whom all things were made.

Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven,
and was made flesh by the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered, died and was buried.
On the third day He arose again according to the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven, where He is seated at the right hand of the Father;
And He shall come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead,
and of His kingdom there shall be no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life,
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
Who, together with the Father and the Son, is both worshipped and glorified,
and Who spoke by the prophets. 

We believe in one holy catholic [universal] and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins, and look for the
resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come,  Amen.


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