Our God is the God of all humans,
the God of heaven and earth,
the God of sea and rivers,
the God of sun and moon,
the God of all the heavenly bodies,
the God of the lofty mountains,
the God of the lowly valleys.
God inspires all things,
gives life to all things,
stands above all things,
and stands beneath all things.
God has a Son who is co-eternal with himself;
and similar in all respects to himself;
and neither is the Son younger than the Father,
nor is the Father older than the Son;
and the Holy Spirit breathes in them.
And the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are inseparable. Amen.
Much of this is lovely. But what I find curious is its incompleteness. Note just some of what it leaves out:
- The Lordship of Jesus
- The Incarnation of Jesus
- The Virgin Mary
- The crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus
- The resurrection of Jesus
- The ascension of Jesus
- The return of Jesus
- Final judgment
- The Church
- Forgiveness of sins
- The resurrection of the dead
- Everlasting life
I really don’t understand why this particular creed would be used in the place of the Apostles’ or Nicene Creeds. Given what it leaves out, this creed doesn’t even skim the surface of the Christian faith in its fullness.