"Whereunto, he called you by our gospel to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, Brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle."
- St. Paul the Apostle, II Thessalonians 2:14-15
"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you,
and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."
- St. Jude The Apostle, 1:3
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,born of the Virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died, and was buried.He descended into hell.The third day he rose again from the dead.He ascended into heaven,and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy universal Church,the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,hallowed be Thy name,Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done on earthas it is in heaven;give us this day our daily bread;and forgive us our trespassesas we forgive thosewho trespass against us;and lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil.For Thine is the kingdomand the power and the gloryforever and ever. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God,the Father Almighty,maker of heaven and earthand of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,the only - begotten Son of God,begotten of His Father before all worlds,God of God, Light of Light,very God of very God,begotten, not made,being of one substance with the Father,by whom all things were made;who for us men and for our salvation came down from heavenand was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Maryand was made man;and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.He suffered and was buried.And the third day He rose again according to the Scripturesand ascended into heavenand sits at the right hand of the Father.And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit,the Lord and giver of life,who proceeds from the Father and the Son,who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,and I look for the resurrection of the deadand the life of the world to come. Amen.
These Are Our Beliefs!
CH. XIII. SUMMARY OF THE CREED, OR RULE OF FAITH. NO QUESTIONS EVER RAISED ABOUT IT BY BELIEVERS. HERETICS ENCOURAGE AND PERPETUATE THOUGHT INDEPENDENT OF CHRIST'S TEACHING.
"Now, with regard to this rule of faith--that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend--it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen "in diverse manners" by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics." Chapter XIII
"In the Lord's apostles we possess our authority; for even they did not of themselves choose to introduce anything, but faithfully delivered to the nations (of mankind) the doctrine which they had received from Christ." Chapter VI
- St. Tertullian160-220 AD (Church Father of the Early Episcopate*)
from "The Prescription Agaisnt Heretics"