The Apostles' Creed.
I believe in
God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again 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 body,
and the life everlasting.
The Nicene Creed.
We believe in
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,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
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 no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son],
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who 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.
The Athanasian Creed.
to be saved should above all cling to the catholic faith. Whoever does not guard
it whole and inviolable will doubtless perish eternally. Now this is the
catholic faith: We worship one God in trinity and the Trinity in unity, neither
confusing the persons nor dividing the divine being. For the Father is one
person, the Son is another, and the Spirit is still another. But the deity of
the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one, equal in glory, coeternal in majesty.
What the Father is, the Son is, and so is the Holy Spirit. Uncreated is the
Father; uncreated is the Son; uncreated is the Spirit. The Father is infinite;
the Son is infinite; the Holy Spirit is infinite. Eternal is the Father; eternal
is the Son; eternal is the Spirit: And yet there are not three eternal beings,
but one who is eternal; as there are not three uncreated and unlimited beings,
but one who is uncreated and unlimited. Almighty is the Father; almighty is the
Son; almighty is the Spirit: And yet there are not three almighty beings, but
one who is almighty. Thus the Father is God; the Son is God; the Holy Spirit is
God: And yet there are not three gods, but one God. Thus the Father is Lord; the
Son is Lord; the Holy Spirit is Lord: And yet there are not three lords, but one
Lord. As Christian truth compels us to acknowledge each distinct person as God
and Lord, so catholic religion forbids us to say that there are three gods or
lords. The Father was neither made nor created nor begotten; the Son was neither
made nor created, but was alone begotten of the Father; the Spirit was neither
made nor created, but is proceeding from the Father and the Son. Thus there is
one Father, not three fathers; one Son, not three sons; one Holy Spirit, not
three spirits. And in this Trinity, no one is before or after, greater or less
than the other; but all three persons are in themselves, coeternal and coequal;
and so we must worship the Trinity in unity and the one God in three persons.
Whoever wants to be saved should think thus about the Trinity. It is necessary
for eternal salvation that one also faithfully believe that our Lord Jesus
Christ became flesh. For this is the true faith that we believe and confess:
That our Lord Jesus Christ, God's Son, is both God and man. He is God, begotten
before all worlds from the being of the Father, and he is man, born in the world
from the being of his mother -- existing fully as God, and fully as man with a
rational soul and a human body; equal to the Father in divinity, subordinate to
the Father in humanity. Although he is God and man, he is not divided, but is
one Christ. He is united because God has taken humanity into himself; he does
not transform deity into humanity. He is completely one in the unity of his
person, without confusing his natures. For as the rational soul and body are one
person, so the one Christ is God and man. He suffered death for our salvation.
He descended into hell and rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and
is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the
living and the dead. At his coming all people shall rise bodily to give an
account of their own deeds. Those who have done good will enter eternal
life, those who have done evil will enter eternal fire. This is the catholic
faith. One cannot be saved without believing this firmly and faithfully.