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Athanasian Creed

The Anthanasian Creed was formulated by the great leader and teacher Athanasius in the 4th century A.D. It is also a discertation upon the doctrine of the Trinity. It is as follows:

Anthanasian Creed

Whoever wants to be saved

should above all cling

to the catholic faith.

Whoever does not guard it

whole and inviolable

will doubtless perish eternally.

Now this is the catholic faith:

We worship one God in trinity

and the Trinity in unity,

neither confusing the persons

nor dividing the divine being.

For the Father is one person

the Son another,

and the Spirit still another.

But the deity of the Father, Son,

and Holy Spirit

is one, equal in glory,

coeternal in majesty.

What the Father is,

the Son is,

and so is the Holy Spirit.

Uncreated is the Father;

uncreated is the Son;

uncreated is the Spirit.

The Father is infinite;

the Son is infinite;

the Holy Spirit is infinite.

Eternal is the Father;

eternal is the Son;

eternal is the Spirit.

And yet there are not

three eternal beings,

but one who is eternal;

as there are not

three uncreated and unlimited beings,

but one who is uncreated

and unlimited.

Almighty is the Father;

almighty is the Son;

almighty is the Spirit:

And yet there are not

three almighty beings,

but one who is almighty.

Thus the Father is God;

the Son is God;

the Holy Spirit is God:

And yet there are not three gods,

but one God.

Thus the Father is Lord;

the Son is Lord;

the Holy Spirit is Lord:

And yet there are not three lords,

But one Lord.

As Christian truth compels us

to acknowledge each distinct person

as God and Lord,

so catholic religion forbids us

to say that there are

three gods or lords.

The Father was neither made

nor created nor begotten;

the Son was neither made nor created,

but alone begotten of the Father;

the Spirit was neither made nor created,

but is proceeding

from the Father and the Son.

Thus there is one Father,

not three Fathers;

one Son, not three sons;

one Holy Spirit, not three Spirits.

And in this Trinity,

no one is before or after,

greater or less than the others;

but all three persons are in themselves,

coeternal and coequal;

and so we must worship

the Trinity in unity

and the one God in three persons.

Whoever wants to be saved should

think thus about the Trinity.

It is necessary for eternal salvation

that one also faithfully believe that

our Lord Jesus Christ became flesh.

For this is the true faith

that we believe and confess;

That our Lord Jesus Christ,

Gods Son, is both God and Man.

He is God, begotten before all worlds

from the being of the Father,

and he is man, born in the world

from the being of his mother-

existing fully as God,

and fully as man

with a rational soul

and a human body;

equal to the Father in divinity,

subordinate to the Father in humanity.

Although he is God and man,

he is not divided,

but is one Christ.

He is united because God has taken

humanity into himself;

he does not transform deity

into humanity.

He is completely one

in the unity of his person,

without confusing his natures.

For as the rational soul and body

are one person,

so the one Christ is God and man.

He suffered death for our salvation.

He descended into hell

and rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand

of the Father.

He will come again

to judge the living and the dead.

At his coming

all people shall rise bodily

to give an account of their own deeds.

Those who have done good

will enter eternal life,

those who have done evil

will enter eternal fire.

This is the catholic faith.

One cannot be saved

without believing this

firmly and faithfully.

Lutheran Book of Worship

Copyright 1981 Augsburg Fortress

Statement of Faith