What Do Christians Believe?
The question is often asked, "What do Christians believe?" Well, that's a very broad question! Let me began to answer it in the following manner.
It is generally agreed that Christians believe that 1) the Bible is true, and 2) the God of the Bible exists! Furthermore, there are a number of universal creeds that most mainstream Christian churches accept. A creed is a summary or statement of what one believes. It comes from the Latin word credo, which means "I believe".
Ecumenical creeds is an umbrella term used in western Christian churches to generally refer to the Nicene Creed, the Apostles' Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. The ecumenical creeds are accepted by the Anglican churches, Lutheran churches, and the Roman Catholic Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church accepts the Nicene Creed, but does not use the Apostles' Creed or the Athanasian Creed. The United Methodist Church accepts the Apostles' Creed and Nicene Creed, but does not use the Athanasian Creed.
Other widely accepted historical confessions of Christian faith include the following:
New Hampshire Baptist Confession
Baptist Faith and Message
Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy
What We Believe - COGIC
Those who closely read these creeds will discover they provide excellent summaries of the doctrinal teachings of the Holy Scripture!
Until next time,
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Hi! I'm Kenneth Lillard, author, ordained minister, and motivational speaker. This blog is an expression of some of my thoughts and opinions. I'm glad you stopped by. Hope you'll share some of your comments while you're here. Be Blessed!