Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Athanasian Creed

Whosoever will be saved, before all things, it is necessary that he holds the Catholic Faith, which Faith except everyone does keep whole and undivided, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.

And the Catholic Faith is this:

That we worship One God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance.

For there is One Person of the Father, Another of the Son, and Another of the Holy Spirit. But the God-Head of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all One, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.

Such as the Father is, such is the Son and such is the Holy Spirit.

The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated and the Holy Spirit uncreated.

The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.

The Father eternal, the Son eternal and the Holy Spirit eternal.

And yet there are not three eternals, but one eternal

As also there are not three incomprehensibles, not three uncreated but one uncreated and one incomprehensible

So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty and the Holy Spirit Almighty, and yet there are not three Almighties but one Almighty.

So the Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God; And yet there are not three Gods but One God.

So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord and the Holy Spirit is Lord, And yet not three Lords but one Lord.

For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be both God and Lord, so are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion to say there be three Gods or three Lords.

The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone, not made, not created but begotten. The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son neither made, nor created nor begotten but proceeding.

So there is one Father, not three Fathers, one Son, not three Sons, one Holy Spirit not three Holy Spirits.

And in this Trinity, none is afore or after other, none is greater or less than another; But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal. So that in all things as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.

He therefore that must be saved must thus think of the Trinity

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believes rightly the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For the right Faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God is God and Man; God of the Substance of the Father begotten before the worlds; and Man of the substance of His Mother, born in the world. Perfect God and Perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead; and inferior to the Father as touching His Manhood. Who although He be God and man, yet He is not two but one Christ. One not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh but by taking of the Manhood into God. One altogether not by confusion of Substance but by the unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ. Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into heaven. He sits on the Right Hand of the Father God Almighty from whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. At Whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies and shall give account for their won works.

And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting and they  that have  done evil into everlasting fire.

This is the Catholic Faith which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved

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