In ongoing observation of the th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, we are presenting a brief overview of the Book of Concord. The series will survey the three ecumenical creeds and the Lutheran confessions. Sometimes things are misnamed. The guillotine, for example, is named after a Frenchman, Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotine, someone who actually opposed the death penalty. One would think that the Athanasian Creed was written by Athanasius A. Athanasius wrote in Greek; this creed was written in Latin, not to be translated into Greek until the twelfth century. Evidence suggests that it was written in Gaul now France in the mid-fifth century. Caesarius, the Bishop of Arles, a city in southern France, used this creed in worship in the early sixth century.
"…the Scriptures cannot be broken." John 10:35
Part of that difficulty is due to characteristics we share with several other faiths. A god you can touch and see would seem to be more present and more accessible for us. People of other religions, and no religion at all, certainly face temptations to sin. Yet those temptations come from their own sinful nature and the attractions of the world, rather than from the devil.
Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, 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. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three Eternals, but one Eternal.
Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? On Trinity Sunday we used the Athanasian Creed.? I must say, I was greatly surprised to read in the bulletin insert on which the Athanasian Creed was printed , the following expression:? Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic universal faith.? I don? Why ever would we refer to the Catholic faith as the one, true faith??