“I believe in God,
the Father, the Almighty
Maker of Heaven and Earth
of all that it seen and unseen.
I 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, of one being with the father.
Through Him all things were made
For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven
by the power of the Holy Spirit
He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate
He suffered death and was buried
on the third day He rose again
in accordance with the scriptures
He ascended into 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
I 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 worshipped and Glorified
I believe in one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church,
one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
I look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come
This doctrine, the Nicene Creed, pretty well describes all the parts of modern Christian faith, both Catholic and Protestant (though either sect may edit it somewhat). You’d think then, that it might be easy to for everyone to agree on rules of faith and doctrine and get along. But if you’ve watched the news or picked up a newspaper or even walked by a church lately, you might have noticed people squabbling over various issues. Some of them are, admittedly, important in terms of how we, as Christians, interpret scripture (whether we are saved by good works or faith alone is a prime example.) Other issues are less important, but all these issues create divisions in Christ’s church, make people unhappy, drive people away, and most importantly, interfere with the Church’s ability to help people in all ways spiritual and physical (which is, in my opinion, its most important duty.)
On this blog, I intend to reflect on the many conflicts in Christianity and comment on both the good things and the problems I see with the religion. I have read the Bible exstensively (both the Douay-Rheims version and the King James version) as well as studying religion in college and frequently reading books about it. That being said, I am in no way here intending to be considered any kind of authority on the subject, and understand my own conclusions are exactly that- my own. I intend this blog to be the reflections of a person witnessing all the religious conflict in the world today and a record of continuous learning about religion and life in general.
Thank you for reading, and may the Peace of the Lord be always with you!