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The creeds do not contain the authority of the Scriptures in the majority of Evangelical churches, however they should be studied carefully,

because they do reflect what early Christian scholars were convinced the Bible teaches.

Creed:
Pronounced \ˈkrēd\ n
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English crede, from Old English crēda, from Latin credo (first word of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds), from credere to believe, trust, entrust; akin to Old Irish cretid he believes, Sanskrit śrad-dadhāti
Date: before 12th century
1: a brief authoritative formula of religious belief
2: a set of fundamental beliefs; also : a guiding principle
Merriam-Webster, Inc: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Eleventh ed. Springfield, Mass. : Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2003

Old Testament Creed - The Shema (Hebrew for "Hear") Deut. 6:4:-9

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. ESV

Three early Christian creeds found in the Scriptures:


Matt. 16:16:

Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."


1 Cor. 15:3-7:

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died
for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was
raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to
Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren
at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he
appeared to James, then to all the apostles.


1 Tim. 3:16:

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of
our religion: He was manifested in the
flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by
angels, preached among the nations, believed
on in the world, taken up in glory.

The Apostle's Creed
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell
The third day he rose again from the dead
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead
I believe in the Holy Ghost
I believe a holy catholic church; the communion of saints
The forgiveness of sins
The resurrection of the body
And the life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds;
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary,
and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third
day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father;
and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.


The Confession of Chalcedon 451 AD  (The majority of orthodox theologians believe this statement of faith
comes closest to reflecting the Christ of the Bible.)

Following, then, the holy fathers, we unite in teaching all men to confess the one and only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
This selfsame one is perfect both in deity and in humanness; this selfsame one is also actually God and actually man,
with a rational soul {meaning human soul} and a body. He is of the same reality as God as far as his deity is concerned
and of the same reality as we ourselves as far as his humanness is concerned; thus like us in all respects, sin only
excepted. Before time began he was begotten of the Father, in respect of his deity, and now in these "last days,"
for us and behalf of our salvation, this selfsame one was born of Mary the virgin, who is God-bearer in respect of his
humanness.
We also teach that we apprehend this one and only Christ-Son, Lord, only-begotten -- in two natures; and we do this
without confusing the two natures, without transmuting one nature into the other, without dividing them into two separate
categories, without contrasting them according to area or function. The distinctiveness of each nature is not nullified by
the union. Instead, the "properties" of each nature are conserved and both natures concur in one "person" and in one
reality {hypostasis}. They are not divided or cut into two persons, but are together the one and only and only-begotten
Word {Logos} of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus have the prophets of old testified; thus the Lord Jesus Christ himself
taught us; thus the Symbol of Fathers {the Nicene Creed} has handed down to us.


Athanasian Creed
Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith; 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. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit.
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
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 they are not three eternals but one eternal.
As also there are not three uncreated nor three incomprehensible, but one uncreated and one incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty. And yet they are not three almighties,
but one almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; And yet they are not three Gods,
but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord; And yet they are not three Lords
but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God
and Lord; So are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say; There are three Gods or three Lords. The Father is made
of none, neither created nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made nor 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 another; none is greater or less than another. But the whole three persons are coeternal, and coequal.
So that in all things, as aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped. He therefore that will
be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man.
God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and man of 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 is God and man, yet He is not two,
but one Christ. One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of that manhood into God. One altogether,
not by confusion of substance, but by 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 thence He shall come to judge the quick and
the dead. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies; and shall give account of their own 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