Comment: What I Believe, Confess, and Hope For - Part 1: Bible & Doctrine

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What I Believe, Confess, and Hope For - Part 1: Bible & Doctrine

Bible: I believe that the Bible is inspired by God and is infallible. While it does not attempt to speak to everything, it does speak to the most important things; when it speaks, I should trust and obey.

Doctrine: The Bible declares that the Church is "the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15 KJV), and part of the Church's ministry is to gather in council to resolve controversies (see Acts 15:1-31). While ecumenical (Church wide) councils are not infallible, their determinations are authoritative and should be trusted and followed unless overturned by a subsequent council. In particular, I confess the Nicene Creed (as completed by the First Council of Constantinople in 381 A.D.) as the preeminent summary of Christian doctrine. Beyond that, I attempt to "hold fast that faith which has been believed everywhere, always, and by all" (St. Vincent of Lerins, 5th Century A.D.); on issues where I am unaware of a historic consensus, I seek to rely on God's wisdom to guide me to a correct understanding.

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The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son*]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

*The portion in [brackets] is generally confessed by Western Christians, but not by Eastern Christians (nor by me).

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