Samantha, just Samantha (samantilles) wrote,
Samantha, just Samantha

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I get really fecking annoyed when I am called a non-christian because ignorant people listen to ignorant, uneduated parish pastors who have as much historical knowledge of the coming of their own church as a thimble has room for a 32oz coke. I'm tired to no avail to realize over and over again that as a simple college student who has taken History 101-World Civilizations to 1500 I have more historical knowledge of the growth of Christianity around the world than those spouting hatred and ignorance from the pulpit on sundays stating how Catholics are not Christians, but are actually Buddhists, *saying its a bad thing, while I personally have studied and appreciate the tenets of Theravada Buddhism greatly* or Satanists or heretics because we worship Mary instead of Christ. They spew how we are condemned to an automatic trip to hell for the heresy and blasphemy we spout. Well, Christians tell me this... would you consider this heretical?

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Someone tell me how this, the Nicene Creed, and the foundation and heart of the Catholic Church is heretical, blasphemistic, Satanistic, or anything but the foundations of your own Churches? The Apostle's Creed is simply a truncated form of the Nicene Creed, with no substantial differences except for a few word changes and cutting so that children can learn a creed before taking on this mouthful... I was in the fifth grade when I finally memorized the Nicene creed in English, let alone in Latin.
Tell me how this creed is not Christian! Please someone tell me! I must know! This creed is the only required faith in the Catholic Church, it is only with these words we call ourselves Christian, and Catholic. Oh, and before you ask, the word Catholic is officially defined as "universal" and the Catholic Church is named so because we happen to have a 1/4 of the world as our parishoners. The Phrase "We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church." means that we believe in the evangelization and unity of all Christians in one faith and love for our Lord, Jesus Christ. I might also remind people who are not familiar with Christian history, that there was only one church for 1000 years until the Great Schism, which at that time a political power struggle created a second identical Catholic Church in Constantinople, the new Political capital of the world. It wasn't until the 1500s that the Reformation and the breaking from the corrupt Church government that different denominations came into being. I might also focus on the word denomination, or "to come from." Yes, thats right! Each and every single Christian denomination has its foundation in the Catholic Church, and each denomination has minimal and sometimes negligible differences in the actual faith of the Catholic Church. Most of the Reformation was aimed against corrupt practices by the church hierarchy, very much less so in actual theological differences... *I could go on for a while, and I might return with a documented essay, which will not be LJ-Cutted, but for now I must take a break before I give myself an embolism.*

Please, can some enlightened Protestant tell me why I, as a devout Catholic, reciting the creed above, is heretical, blasphemous, and Satanistic?? Because in my years of studying the many religions, not just the Judaic based mono-theistic ones, I cannot come to the same conclusion as some pastor who has no knowledge of anything outside the history of this century.
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