I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of
heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
This statement contradicts all the statements that follow. Whether it is true or not, it is merely stated as a belief, because it is impossible to prove. It was placed here to exclude the Gnostics, who believed that God the Father created the spirit world, but that an "evil" god (called the "demiurge") created the similarly evil material world. This was a leftover from the Persian religion taught by Zoroaster. Using the images of Revelation, many Christians do actually believe in a Satan, though merely as a fallen angel, who seeks to overthrow God even though he was defeated by Michael. Those who believe this are saying that God created evil and, I believe that such a God is not worthy of our attention. If God does exist then God should be a symbol of our highest ideals. It is humans who create evil.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of
God, begotten of the Father before all ages;
The use of the term "Lord (κυρίου)" is unfortunate as this word is also used for the Lord God. Jesus would not have wanted to have himself called "Lord", but rather "a servant of the Lord" which Jesus demonstrates in the lesson he gave at the Last Supper of washing the disciples' feet:
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (John 13:12-15)
With "Lord" in juxtaposition with "Master", it is clear that "Lord" is a title of respect and not meant to imply that Jesus is Lord God.
The use of the term "Son of God" is meant to imply that Jesus is literally "the son of God", when actually it is just a title of respect like "Lord". The "Son of God" is the title of the second position in the Essene hierarchy with "God" obviously being the first. The third position is "Son of Man" for the "Son of God" is also called "Man" in the sense that he translates the "Word of God" to Man. You would assume therefore that Jesus should have the title of "Son of God", but actually Jesus never said he was the "Son of God"; he only said was the "Son of Man". It is others that call him the "Son of God" as a term of respect, such as the angel in Luke 1:35,
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God. (That the Holy Spirit is actually a person will be revealed later on.)
or in derision, such as by Caiaphas,
The high priest said to him, 'I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.'(Matthew 26:63)
Why would it be necessary for God to turn Himself into a the Holy Spirit (dove) to impregnate Virgin Mary (see Luke 1:35 above), who, being a woman was merely "the rib of Adam"? Is this not reminiscent of Zeus turning himself in beautiful creatures to cavort with any earthly woman he chooses! In any case, "before all Ages" is only possible for Adam because many Ages had passed before the conception of Jesus. As the "Son of Man", Jesus could be equivalent to Adam, who was created by God Himself. It is strange that the concept of Christ, the "Anointed One" was not pursued as this concept had clearly been adopted by the disciples and followers, and accepted by Jesus. In this situation Jesus, as the descendent of David, would be given the sole kingship of God's New Kingdom.
Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten,
not created, of one essence with the Father
through Whom all things were made.
John the Baptist was called the "Light": There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:6-13)
Jesus was called the "Word": The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
After his death Jesus took over this "Light" image. In John 08:12 Jesus says: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life; in other words the image of Light on a higher plan being reflected by those who seek eternal Life. The Essenes called themselves "the Sons of Light".
Clearly, the necessity of saying that Jesus is "Light of Lights" is to deny any claim of this to John the Baptist. It also is meant to refute the philosophy of Simon Magus which is referenced in Hippolytus: "Refutations of All Heresies" Book VI Chapter 7. More detail can be found here: Gospel-Q: first chapter of the Gospel of John. Simon's philosophy described a universe divided into three levels with Man on the lower level. Of course these three levels were all part of God who encompasses all things.
To eliminate these three levels of Simon's philosophy, it was necessary for the Creed to declare "the Son" as being "consubstantial", a term coined by Tertullian in "Against Hermogenes 44" where he used it to translate the Greek term "homoousios". The word "consubstantial" describes the relationship among the Divine persons: God the Father and God the Son ("born" or "begotten" "of the Father's own being) and also later on in the Creed: the Holy Spirit as being of the same substance: separate but equal. For "the Son" to equal "the Father" is to contradict the meaning of "son", defined as "being a male offspring". If Jesus is the same as God, then how is it that he was a human being who died on a cross and then was resurrected with his physical body up to Heaven? How could God feel physical pain and how could this physical body with all its scars be assimilated into God? Actually, why is it necessary of Jesus to be God? Cannot Jesus' record prove that he was a person of exceptional Godliness!
The word "begotten" is repeated, but here specifically says "begotten not "created" thus eliminating Jesus as an "Adam". One would think that the "image of God" as described in Genesis 1:27, God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he create dd them would be sufficient, but apparently this was rejected as a Jewish concept. It is interesting to think that "begotten" elevated the status of women from "rib of God's male creation" to "mother of God"!
Who for us men and for our salvation
came down from heaven and was incarnate
of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.
The Creed assumes that "Heaven" has a definition that declares it to be up somewhere up in the sky or like Mount Olympus where Zeus lived and yet Jesus said, "The kingdom of God does not come with careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:20,21) Perhaps it would be more precise to say "that Jesus came out of Heaven".
To be incarnate (becoming flesh in human form) could just be to appear as a ready-made man, but given the Bethlehem story, Jesus' incarnation apparently occurred in the usual way of having a father and a mother who create a fertilized egg, that becomes an embryo, a baby, a child, and then an adult. There are certain species that can self-fertilize and God could have just make this possible for Mary. The fact that the Holy Spirit is mentioned as the father is suspicious and it turns out that the Holy Spirit is her betrothed Joseph.
The leadership of the Essenes as defined in Community Rule 1QS, I & VIII of the Dead Sea Scrolls shows three priests (the third position was relaxed outside of the monastery to be a non-priest, thus Jesus or Joseph as the heirs to the throne of David). These three persons where the representatives of the Priests, the Levites, and the Israelites (the people) having the title of God (Pope), Son of God (Man), and Son of Man (Holy Spirit); thus God speaks to the representative of God (the Pope) who passes it on the his servant, a Levite, who then passes it to the representative of the people (the David King) who passes it to his subjects. Jesus in Mark 12:36 says: David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, "The Lord said to my Lord, 'Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.'" Here King David is in the position of the Holy Spirit at the right hand of God. (The right hand would be the right hand cross from the center cross at the Crucifixion, which would have been the correct place for Jesus, but Pilate swapped Pope Simon with Jesus.) This gives the clue to the deception of saying that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary when really it was Joseph who was occupying the third position of Holy Spirit! Mary is not the perpetual virgin as believed, but is called a virgin meaning a nun in the monastery of women.
Josephus gives us full descriptions of the Essenes, seeing them as one of the three Jewish philosophies of the period of Christian origins. After he has given a full account of the monastic Essenes, which agree at numerous points with the Scrolls, he goes on to "another order of Essenes", those who had to marry for dynastic reasons. This would apply to Joseph. He writes: They give their wives a three years' probation, and only marry them after they have by three periods of purity given proof of fecundity. They have no intercourse with them during pregnancy, thus showing that their motive in marrying is not self-indulgence but the procreation of children. (Jewish Wars 2, 161) That Joseph did not follow the timetable for sexual relations, as they were merely betrothed, implied that he committed spousal rape, which made Jesus illegitimate in the eyes of some, but this is too long to cover here.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
and suffered and was buried;
This concept of Jesus being crucified for us came later, but at the time he was crucified as a replacement for Theudas (listed as Thaddaeus the disciple) who was the leader of the Therapeuts from Egypt, and was involved in the demonstration in Jerusalem with Simon Magus and Judas in the preceding December that caused many deaths and made them guilty of sedition, which is the crime that is punishable by crucifixion. Jesus was put in his place because Theudas was too old to survive long enough to take poison on the cross and pretend to die. In Eusebius, Fragments Of Papias, Church History XXXIX 8-10), Eusebius says It is worth while however to add to the words of Papias given above other passages from him, in which he records some other wonderful events likewise, as having come down to him by tradition. That Philip the Apostle resided in Hierapolis with his daughters has been already stated; but how Papias, their contemporary, relates that he had heard a marvellous tale from the daughters of Philip, must be noted here. For he relates that in his time a man rose from the dead, and again he gives another wonderful story about Justus who was surnamed Barsabbas, how that he drank a deadly poison, and yet, by the grace of the Lord, suffered no inconvenience. Of this Justus the Book of the Acts records that after the ascension of the Saviour the holy Apostles put him forward with Mathias, and prayed for the (right) choice, in place of the traitor Judas, that should make their number complete. The passage is somewhat as follows; And they put forward two, Joseph, called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Mathias.(Acts 1:23) (This Joseph is James, the brother of Jesus. Since he is being referred to as Barsabbas and Justus, these names could equally apply to Jesus since apparently Barsabbas the surname of the sons of Joseph and Justus is the honorary title of crown prince.) At the ninth hour Jesus asks for the poison. He is taken off the cross and taken to the tomb where he is revived.
And He rose on the third day,
according to the Scriptures.
Jesus did not rise on the third day, he only prophesied that he would, but was revived that same evening and on the next day early in the morning Mary Magdalene spoke with him and he was taken back to back to his house by Peter and John Mark, the disciple that Jesus loved. (Three days come about because the Jewish Sabbath was made into the Christian Sunday which added one day: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.)
John 20:1-8 And on the first of the Sabbaths (Saturday), Mary the Magdalene does come early (there being yet darkness) to the tomb, and she sees the stone having been taken away out of the tomb, she runs, therefore, and comes unto Simon Peter, and unto the other disciple whom Jesus was loving, and said to them, 'They took away the Lord out of the tomb, and we have not known where they laid him.' Peter, therefore, went forth, and the other disciple, and they were coming to the tomb, and the two were running together, and the other disciple did run forward more quickly than Peter, and came first to the tomb, and having stooped down, sees the linen clothes lying, yet, indeed, he entered not. Simon Peter, therefore, comes, following him, and he entered into the tomb, and beholds the linen clothes lying, and the napkin that was upon his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but apart, having been folded up, in one place;
then, therefore, entered also the other disciple who came first unto the tomb, and he saw, and did believe.
In the Gospel of Peter: (34) And early in the morning as the Sabbath was drawing on, there came a multitude from
Jerusalem and the region round about, that they might see the sepulchre that was sealed.
(35) And in the night in which the Lord's day was drawing on, as the soldiers kept guard two
by two in a watch, there was a great voice in the heaven; (36) and they saw the heavens opened,
and two men descend from thence with great light and approach the tomb. (37) And that stone
which was put at the door rolled of itself and made way in part ; and the tomb was opened,
and both the young men entered in. (38) When therefore those soldiers saw it, they awakened the centurion and the elders, for they
too were hard by keeping guard ; (39) and, as they declared what things they had seen, again
they see three men coming forth from the tomb, and two of them supporting one, and a cross
following them. (40) And of the two the head reached unto the heaven, but the head of him
that was led by them overpassed the heavens. (41) And they heard a voice from the heavens,
saying 'Hast thou preached to them that sleep?' (42) And a response was heard from the cross,
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
When alive before the Crucifixion, Jesus was, as discussed previously, one of the three leaders and was seated on the right side of the Father Jonathan Annas at the Last Supper. He lived to be 78, dying in Rome in June, 72 AD. When he died, his spirit body lived on as it does for all human beings who follow the Golden Rule.
And He will come again with glory to judge the living
and dead. His kingdom shall have no end.
It was believed that God would bring about his kingdom and defeat the Romans long before the time of Jesus. Once the myth of the Resurrection and the Second Coming was believed, it made sense for this to be also the time of the second coming of Jesus. In 70 AD instead of the Restoration, the temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by Titus of the Romans. Peter and Paul were already dead, having been killed by Nero in 64 AD. Other Second Comings have been predicted, but it is clear now that the Second Coming is merely a fiction that is held onto to because clearly Jesus' death on the cross did not save people from sinning all over again.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life,
Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the
Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who
spoke through the prophets.
The derivation of this concept, as discussed previously, was from three positions in the Essence Church: Father, Son of God, and Holy Spirit (the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory). Since the Holy Spirit was the title of Jesus, it makes sense that it would be given importance.
In one, holy, catholic (universal), and apostolic Church.
Clearly, this is not possible as new Christian Churches are formed every year.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
John the Baptist, the one who initiated baptism refutes the concept that baptism forgives sins. He says "Baptism would be acceptable to God, if they made use of it, not in order to
expiate some sins, but for the purification of the body, provided that the soul was thoroughly purified beforehand by righteousness." (Josephus Antiquities of the Jews, 18.5.2)
I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the age to come.
There was no Resurrection for Jesus and there will be no Resurrection for us. As to the coming age, belief in Christianity is waning as Technology begins to rule our lives and possibly to cause the destruction of Earth. Soon we will be left without a Christian religion and be merely governed by laws that are politically motivated that claim to be Christian. This is all because the Church leaders ignored Jesus' good works and created instead a recitation of lies: the Nicene Creed. Nowhere is there to be found a mention of the need for agape-love and the Golden Rule. With their temporal power consolidated at the expense of the "heretics" that they created, the Church Leaders just returned home to their riches.