Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Stephen's Creed

Here are the lyrics:

I believe there's only one God, and He's a trinity
The Father, Son, and Spirit, Almighty God is He
I believe He's the Creator, by Him were all things made
He knows all and He's holy; forever He's the same.
But you and I are sinners so God sent His only Son
To be born of a virgin, He's God and man in one.
I believe for my salvation Christ suffered and He died,
He rose again the third day and lives in heaven on high.


Wayne and Genene said...

I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time. It was so good hearing all the blessings sing while I was there.

Jessie said...

So sweet, thanks for posting.

Laurie said...

Amen! How sweet is that! What a blessing!
Oh, may these words, through the Holy Spirit, capture and change the hearts and minds of little children of all ages!

Gracie said...

Oh, that was so sweet! Little ones have such an amazing ability to learn and remember! And you're doing an excellent job of teaching the MOST important truths!!!!

Peachtree said...

Precious! Thanks for sharing!

Adam Pastor said...

Greetings Laurel

How sweet! :-)

It is so wonderful to train up a child in the way of the Lord.
Simply wonderful, especially in light of Deut 6.4-7

(Deu 6:4-7) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

The above is the Jewish creedal statement (which the Jews call The Shema) which defines who their GOD is.
Jesus, himself, the Messiah, quotes this verse as the foremost (first) of all the commandments in Mark 12:28-34.

My point is: have you noticed that in this creedal statement which is Jesus' creed (therefore, as Christians, followers of Christ, this ought to be our creed);
there is no room for a trinity?

Note the scribe's response:
(Mark 12:32) And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

It is obvious then, that neither Jesus nor the scribe were trinitarian.

If Jesus was never taught such a concept as the trinity when he was a child in light of Deut 6.4-7 (the first of all the commandments), then is it right that we teach such things to children??
Surely we ought not to!

Jesus' creed stipulates that GOD is ONE i.e. ONE Being, ONE Person, for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

Jesus identifies his Father as
the only true GOD.
[John 17.3]
The early church concurs ...

(1 Cor 8:4) ... that there is none other God but one.
(1 Cor 8:6) But TO US there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; ...

Thus, there is solely ONE GOD,
the Father.

A child can easily understand that.
Indeed, this was the understanding of the early church:
TO US there is but one God, the Father

This teaching is indeed foundational for a child's understanding of GOD; i.e.
the fact that GOD is ONE & this ONE GOD is the Father;
indeed, the GOD & Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
[2 Cor 11.31, Eph 1.3, Col 1.3, 1 Pet 1.3]

Therefore, I encourage you, as a truthseeker, to please consider the difference between Jesus' creed and the creedal statement that you are teaching Stephen.

For more info on this subject,
I recommend this video:
The Human Jesus

Take a couple of hours to watch it; and prayerfully it will aid you in your quest for truth.

Yours In Messiah
Adam Pastor