No, not the music group (although I did like their music).
Creed as in “system of belief.”
I was raised in a religious “tradition” that did not hold to creeds. I confess that I had never…NEVER…even heard of a thing called the Apostle’s Creed or Westminster Confession of Faith or the Nicene Creed. I was probably in my 20s, maybe 30s, before I even read the AC all the way through. You see, I was also raised with the moniker “No creed but Christ; no book but the Bible.”
I. STILL. BELIEVE. THAT.
However, I am not as adamant as I used to be. I used to think they were spawns of the devil, written to confuse simple Christianity. But maturity has brought another viewpoint. For some, having things written down is good. It helps “organize” a person’s belief system in their head and therefore, make more sense to the ordering of their faith.
I still couldn’t tell you the Apostle’s Creed, although I have referred to it from time to time when teaching or preaching. I know the first line of the Westminster Shorter Catechism only because it is referred to so much when talking about purpose and worship: “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” The Nicene Creed? Totally lost.
I hope you don’t think bad of me (there is my people-pleasing part of me coming out) , but I really don’t care whether I know how to quote any creed. I honestly don’t need a creed to tell me what I believe, but I’m okay with those who do as long as they do not allow the creed to surpass the importance of the Bible. No book takes precedence over the Bible. No writing should either. No work of man-which to me is exactly what a creed is.
After yesterday’s post and great discussion, I thought it would be good to take a quick break and reiterate my beliefs. But please allow me to do it in an unconventional way using this video. Yeah, it is dated (check out the hair and clothes). Yeah, the acting part of it is in the “what the?” category since it makes no sense. It is the only one I could find the lyrics on the video.
What are your thoughts about creeds? Do you hold to one?