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what Christians believe
& why it matters
Sunday focus during autumn
For modern people, belief in a creed—any creed—is intellectual failure. Creeds involve faith. Faith makes claims about reality that can't be tested. So moderns view creeds as structures of fantasy.

The Nicene Creed does offend every modern explanation of reality. Most importantly, it claims you were not born to die; you have a destiny—you were created for a purpose. The Creed challenges you to confront your destiny. As Mumford & Sons sing, "Awake my soul. You were made to meet your Maker."

The Creed does not—can not replace the rich portrayal of Jesus in the Gospels. It does point to those elements in New Testament that are essential to Christianity, and would be sufficient for salvation if one knew nothing more. The Creed does not draw believers away from the Bible. In fact, it directs readers to the Jesus of the New Testament.

The Nicene Creed is a concise summation both of the Christian story and of the Bible's vision of reality. It's a vehicle that accurately defines Christianity. And it provocatively challenges alternative belief systems and visions of reality. The Creed is an instrument by which Christians can recover a wholistic reading of Scripture, and—just as crucially—a fuller comprehension of what authentic Christianity looks like.

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