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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The enduring value of the Creed

If words are to be used to describe the content of the faith then the Creed
has more to say than one can absorb in a lifetime. This is why it took so
much time and effort to come about and why its formulation is one of the chief
reasons, if not the primary reason, why two branches of Christianity have taken
the directions they have taken. The subject of the Creed is of utmost
value.

Whether or not these branches ever unite it may not matter. For both still
hold the Creed dear and confess it before the world. The farther Christians
move away from this Creed the more they separate themselves from faith that
rests on divine revelation and which ultimately unites them more than they
realize. In moving away or negating the Creed they are left to the whims
of belief that rises from self and which tends to focus on self, on belief
that changes in a moment and can move in dozens of directions at the same
time. This becomes not true belief, or faith, but rather an acceptance of
only that which one can experience or define for oneself.

Here is right where the Creed's value endures. The Creed requires faith to
see beyond oneself and confess the mystery of God as He has revealed Himself
in Scripture. The words point beyond our limited knowledge and understanding
to that which is greater than us Who has given us life and Who saves and preserves
our lives in spite of sin and death through One who died that we may live.
The Giver of life is sent to us and creates such faith in our hearts. That
which is from the foundation of the world leads us to life everlasting.

The enduring value of the Creed is that the world hears and knows what the
one, holy, catholic and apostolic church believes and teaches and the Church is
reminded of that which is greater than the struggles, suffering and trials that are
within and which she faces from without. More than a lifetime is the eternity
that is ours in the One who comes to us in His Body and Blood, Who we know
and confess in the Spirit and whose Father is the only unbegotten.

In short, the Creed has more to say than one can absorb in a lifetime.

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