Monday, November 2, 2020

The Nicene Creed and Children

The Nicene Creed was created during a time when most of the people could not read and even complete Bibles were rare (if they even had an agreed Canon by then). When trying to get the entire knowledge of the Bible into your children's head, I find it to be extremely difficult because there is just such a large volume of information and stories they are not familiar with.

Each question that they have begets another area of ignorance that they have.

That's why I found it beneficial for things such as the Nicene Creed. For those who are not Biblically literate, it is a quick summary of the entire Christian faith.

I am aware that there are different versions of Creeds with the controversy surrounding the Trinity. I just explain that the Trinity is a bit of a mystery and that even I don't fully understand it.
I believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten 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 from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
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.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

I also recognize that the sorts of heresies we are dealing with today are different than they were in the 4th century. But it's a good start, and from there I can build up on that.

I find that while I'm discussing with them about basic Biblical concepts, that I can fire off numerous examples from my head, but they are simply too illiterate to recognize those sections and match them together.

I think the next part will need to be sitting through entire books of the Bible, but in an audio book form, so that we can at least get through the New Testament. One Gospel, maybe Mark for being the shortest. I really like John's writings, but I think his wording is too esoteric for younger children to grasp. I don't think I fully appreciated John until I have grown older and experienced the darkness that he speaks of.

I have read the Bible numerous times and constantly since I was 11 years old. It was the church summer camp going into 7th grade that I officially "accepted" Christ. When I am speaking on pretty much any topic, my brain constantly fires off relevant Bible verses in relation to the subject.

I want to be able to have the same frame of reference with my children when I try to communicate philosophical concepts and help them discern between truth and lies.

When I was younger, I believed more on Faith that the Bible was true. It felt sort of stagnant, but I would push through it because it was my "duty." I didn't have any frame of reference since my life was so full of innocence.

As I have gotten older and experienced the sin in this world and those around me, the words in Scripture have come to life and manifested its truthfulness in a way that I could never had imagined as a child. I can feel the words of the Psalms much deeper into my soul due to the betrayals I have faced.

It is through suffering that the Truth of Scripture is even more true. Also, being able to see the Biblical struggles being played out in front of my eyes in society is another eye opener.

To me, the Truth of Scripture is the strongest it has ever been in my entire life, and I imagine it will be even stronger as I see more and more evil in the world.

I never had an adult while I was a child who could articulate the truth of Scripture in such a personal manner and with intellectual depth. I was always trying to figure stuff out on my own through trial and error. I had poor counsel. I was alone.

My children and grand children will never know how that feels because they'll have me to help direct them to the best wisdom and advice that has been time tested over the centuries. I am but a guide to point them toward greater wisdom than myself.

I am so jealous for my children and happy for them at the same time.

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