THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ his only begotten Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; descended to the dead; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father almighty; from where he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the dead and in everlasting life.
- Are there more Gods than one?
There is only one true and living God, who exists in three Persons; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, equally sharing the same being, attributes and glory.
(Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Peter 1:2, Matthew 28:19, 1 John 5:7)
- When did God begin to exist?
God has no beginning and no end, He is self-existent and eternal.
(Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 43:10, 1 Timothy 1:17)
- What are God’s limitations?
God is infinite in all His attributes; He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.
(Matthew 19:26, Hebrews 4:13, Psalm 139:7-8)
- Is there anything God cannot do?
There is only one thing God cannot do; God cannot do evil.
(James 1:13, Hebrews 6:18)
- Do God’s attributes ever contradict one another?
God is perfect, His attributes function in absolute harmony without competition.
(Psalm 85:10, Psalm 18:30)
- Does God change?
God does not change, He is immutable in His perfection.
(Malachi 3:6, James 1:17)
- Is God good?
God is good in all His attributes; He is holy, just, merciful, wise, wrathful, gracious, faithful, compassionate and loving.
(Nahum 1:2-3, Psalm 103:8-14, Exodus 34:5-7)
- Over what does God reign?
God is sovereign over all things, there is nothing outside of His control.
(Psalm 103:19, Psalm 135:6)
- If everything is under God’s control, does that mean that God determined all things, including sin?
God predetermined all things that take place; He determined what He would do & what He would allow free creatures to do.
(Acts 2:23, Genesis 50:20)