More Alike Than Different

apostles_creedIf your neighborhood is anything like mine, there is a church on every corner. The population of the county I live in is a little less than 56,000 and I would not be surprised if there were 150 churches. Without getting into church splits and all the baggage that entails, let’s ask this question instead: Are there really that many theological and doctrinal issues that divide us? While there are some real distinctives, such as between Protestants and Catholics, the truth is most Christians are more alike than we are different. To define the differences between Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians we really have to get kind of nit-picky. The basic tenants of the Christian faith – in other words the things that really matter – are shared by all Christians everywhere.

Please read this post from the original Internet Monk. The discussions and debates can be a distraction to those of us inside the church and a stumbling block to those on the outside, but at the end of the day we are more alike than we are different.

What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.”  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 1 Corinthians 1:12-13

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Creeds of the Christian Faith

I wrote a post a couple of months back about answering questions that kids/youth might ask about the Apostles Creed.  I mentioned both the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed in the article, but did not include the text nor link to the full text of either one.  Someone hit my blog searching for the Nicene Creed, so I thought “Hey, you should link those things.” 

The Apostles Creed, and the longer Nicene Creed, are statements of belief.  They come from the early centuries of the Christian church, and represent the common ground that all believers in Christ share.  You can link here for the Apostles Creed,and read a couple of different incarnations of the creed, as well as view it in Latin and Greek.  Click here for the Nicene Creed.

I hope these links provide a valuable resource.  If anyone finds the information inaccurate, please let me know.  The post I wrote on May 1st entitled Tough Questions is about what it means in the Apostles Creed that Jesus “descended into hell.”  Go to Tough Questions to weigh in on that issue.