Creeds

Have you ever heard of a creed? A creed is simply a statement of belief. Many Christian denominations hold to various creeds, like the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed, or some other creed. Have you ever wondered what the Bible says about creeds?

The Bible actually never mentions creeds. They are nowhere authorized, nor do we have any explicit “model creeds”. Some believe that passages like 1 Timothy 3:16 represents an early creed, but such is simply unverifiable speculation. All the creeds mentioned above are the work of men. Since creeds seem to be so popular, why are they not in the New Testament?

What creed is really necessary in the New Testament? We are to hold to everything taught in the New Testament by faith. If a creed is really true, everything it says is already said by God in the Bible. If a creed in some way adds to the revelation of God, then it is to be rejected anyway (cf. Galatians 1:6-9). This is why the Bible is silent on creeds; there is no need for them! Let us hold to the Word of God, and not any creed of man!

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