(Just handed this in. An assignment in “translation”.)
Write a “translation” or paraphrase of the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed into contemporary vernacular English.
|I believe in God, the Father almighty,creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
|What I take to be true – in such a way that it changes my entire life and informs how I act – is that there is a God, and that He is the most powerful being in existence. All of the natural and supernatural world was created by Him.God has taught us to refer to him as “Father” because he has adopted those who believe in him as children. His first-born and the only son like him in power and substance, is both fully human and God; his name is Jesus. We follow and obey Jesus because he is the one who saves us.
Jesus was born from a human mother, who was a virgin; a young woman named Mary. God moved in a supernatural way in her body, miraculously for the only time in history making in her a human child – except God’s own spirit was the power that made her pregnant (not a man). Jesus was conceived, and born, as a human, yet was still fully God. And God became Father, and Jesus is his Son.
Jesus grew up and suffered because of what he had been born to do. His purpose put him at odds with the ruling government of the day, and a man named Pontius Pilate sentenced him to be beaten and put to a painful death. Jesus’ was put on a Roman torture device that was made of wooden beams and nailed to it, and the process resulted in his death. Jesus’ body was put in a tomb; yet his spirit went down into hell itself. On hell: He was separated from his Father, the most painful and heart-breaking thing he had ever experienced. His death was for the crimes committed by mankind against the laws of God so his Father’s anger would have been directed at him.
Two days after Jesus had died, His spirit had returned to his body, and he had a pulse. His body was no longer dead – he miraculously was alive and well.
Jesus didn’t stay on earth. Because Jesus is fully God, and still fully human, he is the first fully alive person to return to God. His exit was a dramatic one, as he left going up into the clouds, to be together with his Father – the all powerful God – once again. Jesus sits beside him, on his right side – in a place of honour and power and love.
One day, Jesus will come back to earth to rule as judge and determine with infinite wisdom what every person has ever done. He will declare what was right and wrong for everyone, both those alive, and those who have died.
I think it is true that God is a Spiritual being, and moves powerfully, with purpose, in all matters of life and death around the world.
… that there is purposeful and all-encompassing body of people who also believe in Jesus, called “the church”
… that there is a spiritual unity between individuals when they believe, and when they take communion (eat bread and drink wine together to remember Jesus’ life and death and resurrection and ongoing life-giving force in our lives)
… that Jesus’ has forgiven sins (no longer considers relevant) for those of us who look to him to save us because he took the cost of our disobedience against the law of God upon himself when he died,
… that one day our bodies – which die – will be brought back to life like Jesus’ was,
… and that we are welcomed into not just spiritual but physical life that never ends after we die in this world.
I agree with what has been said.