Nicene Creed

From BibleStrength
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Nicene Creed was created at the Council of Nicea in response to the Arians who said that Jesus the Son of God was a created being, and that the members of the Trinity are not the same being, both of which are Biblically-based doctrines.

Like the earlier Council of Arles, which was also called by Emperor Constantine I, the council was unBiblical and designed to protect heretics at the expense of the real Christians. The later version of the creed, formulated at the First Council of Constantinople, added the equally unBiblical doctrine of a virgin birth.

Doctrines[edit]

The Trinity[edit]

See also The Trinity

There is a Godhead of three (1 John 5:7) but they are not the same being. Christians are one with God the Father and Jesus the same way they are with one another (John 17:11, 21-23). God the Father is greater in authority than Jesus (John 14:28; 1 Corinthians 11:3; 15:27-28), as well as greater in knowledge (Mark 13:32; Matthew 24:36).

Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

John 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

The doctrine of the Trinity keeps us from knowing God's true nature, and respecting and coming to God the Father and Jesus, the Son of God, as they truly are. The doctrine of the Trinity disrespects both God the Father and Jesus, the Son of God, by denying the very existence of Jesus as an individual Being; it is the spirit of antichrist.

1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

Jesus is a Created Being[edit]

The Bible clearly shows that Jesus is a created being, the original creation of God the Father. While Jesus is superior to the rest of Creation, and made everything else that exists (Colossians 1:16-19) He did not always exist.

Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Colossians 1:12 ¶ Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Virgin Birth[edit]

See also Virgin Birth

The words translated "virgin" concerning an alleged virgin birth in both the Old and New Testaments, almah and parthenos, do not mean virgin, but widowed/divorced. Almah is a variation of the Hebrew word Almanah meaning a widow. A translation of the word parthenos in Revelation 14:4 would contradict all of the passages showing God blesses marriage, as well as the plain context of 1 Corinthians 7 showing that the divorced are being discussed, not virgins.

History[edit]

Constantine and the Edict of Milan[edit]

Roman Catholicism essentially began with the Edict of Milan issued by Emperor Constantine I of the Roman Empire in 313 A.D., which established a policy of religious toleration and freedom for those who accepted the new Roman definition of Christianity (as will be seen, the real Christians were quickly declared heretics and persecuted).[1] Nonetheless, in spite of Constantine's claim of a vision of 'Christianity' causing him to convert, his sincerity is questioned by historians:

"Constantine’s ‘conversion’ poses problems for the historian. Although he immediately declared that Christians and pagans should be allowed to worship freely, and restored property confiscated during persecutions and other lost privileges to the Christians, these measures did not mark a complete shift to a Christian style of rule. Many of his actions seemed resolutely pagan. Constantine founded a new city named after himself: Constantinople. Christian writers played up the idea that this was to be a 'new Rome', a fitting Christian capital for a newly Christian empire. But they had to find ways to explain the embarrassing fact that in this new, supposedly Christian city, Constantine had erected pagan temples and statues."
-Sophia Lunn-Rockliffe, BBC News[2]

Thus Constantine, in accusing others of heresy, was in fact a heretic himself.

Council of Arles[edit]

Although the Council of Nicaea is better known, it was preceded by the Council of Arles; both of which were called by Emperor Constantine to address schisms in the Christian Church. The Council of Arles (314 A.D.) dealt with the Donatist Controversy. The Donatists were the dominant force in the Eastern Orthodox Church at the time, and insisted that Christians who had rejected the faith under persecution by Emperor Diocletian ('traditors' or traitors to the Christian faith) should not be allowed back into the Christian Church or recognized as clergy.[3][4] Thus the Catholic Church was initially defined, from its earliest beginnings, by its support for those who had betrayed the Christian faith.

"In 311 Caecilian was elected bishop, but he was opposed by many because he allowed himself to be consecrated by a traditor bishop (one who had surrendered copies of Scripture to the authorities during Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians, beginning in 303). The primate of Numidia, Secundus of Tigisi, who had acquired in the previous 40 years the right of consecrating the bishop of Carthage, arrived in Carthage with 70 bishops and in solemn council declared Caecilian’s election invalid. The council then appointed a reader (lector), Majorinus, to replace Caecilian."
-Encyclopedia Britannica[5]

Council of Nicaea[edit]

The Council of Nicaea was convened in 325 A.D. by Emperor Constantine I to settle the Arian Controversy. The Arians insisted that Jesus was created by God the Father and that they were separate beings, consistent with Biblical teachings. In spite of this, Constantine originated the unBiblical and illogical doctrine of the Trinity, that God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are the same identical being; and that Jesus was never created. Constantine and the Catholic Church responded by declaring the Arians heretics and creating the Nicene Creed to declare that God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit are all a single being, despite the fact that Jesus repeatedly prayed to God the Father and taught His disciples that His Father was greater than He.[6]

  1. Gupta, S. & Sampaolo, M. (2016, March 29). "Edict of Milan." Encyclopedia Britannica.
  2. Lunn-Rockliffe, S. (2011, February 17). "Christianity and the Roman Empire." BBC News.
  3. Young, G. (2016, June 10). "Council of Arles." Encyclopedia Britannica.
  4. Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. "Donatist." Encyclopedia Britannica.
  5. Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. "Donatist." Encyclopedia Britannica.
  6. Augustyn, A.; Gupta, K.; Bhutia, T.K.; Lotha, G.; Petruzello, M.; Sampaolo, M.; & Stefon, M. (2018, December 5). "Council of Nicaea." Encyclopedia Britannica.