Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What are the essentials of the Christian faith?

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The anti-Catholic{1} online ministry Got Questions recently posted an answer to the question, "What are the essentials of the Christian faith?"{2} I answer that, if you firmly believe in the articles of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed of 381, you have the grace and honor of being a Christian:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, He came down from Heaven. By the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; He ascended in Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]. With the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Notes & References
{1} "Catholic divergence from the Bible on this most crucial of issues, salvation, means that yes, Catholicism is a false religion. If a person believes what the Catholic Church officially teaches, he/she will not be saved." "Is Catholicism a false religion? Are Catholics saved?" Got Questions. 30 Dec. 2009 <http://www.gotquestions.org/catholicism.html>.
{2} "What are the essentials of the Christian faith?" Got Questions. 30 Dec. 2009 <http://gotquestions.org/essentials-Christian-faith.html>.

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