The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God the Father, all-Sovereign maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all the ages, light of light, true God of true God begotten not made, of one substance with the Father, through whom all things were made: who for us men and for our salvation came down from the heavens, and was made flesh of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man, and was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was burried and rose again on the third day according to the scriptures, and ascended into the heavens, and sits on the right hand of the Father, and comes again with glory to judge living and dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end:
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and the Life-giver, that proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped together and glorified together, who spoke through the prophets.
In one holy Catholic and Apostolic church:
We acknowledge one baptism unto remission of sins. We look for a resurrection of the dead and the life of the age to come.
Council of Constantinople, 381 A.D.
“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” C.S. Lewis
The Creed of Nicea
We believe in one God, the Father, Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father, only-begotten, that is, from the substance (ousia) of the Father; God from God, light from light very God from very God, begotten not made, of one substance (homoousios, consubstantial) with the Father, through whom all things were made both in heaven and on earth; who for us men and for our salvation came down and was incarnate, made man, suffered, and rose again on the third day, ascended into heaven, and is coming to judge the living and the dead;
And in the Holy Spirit.
And to those who say, ‘there ‘was a time when he was not’, and: ‘before he was begotten he was not’, and : ‘he came into being from nothing’, or those who pretend that the Son of God is ‘of another substance (hypostasis) or essence (ousia), or “created” or “alterable, or “mutable”, the Catholic and Apostolic church places under a curse.
Council of Nicea, 325 AD
"Who is Jesus..."
according to popular culture?
according to Matthew?
according to Mark?
according to Luke?
and according to you?
This is a fundamental question that was being raised over and over in the gospels. People around the world have also been asking the same question who Jesus really is. The same question Jesus asked Pharisees and his disciples in the first century who they think he was. This question remains and will continue to remain on the table for debate and explanation for the days to come. And our generation has a burden to tell the world who Jesus really is, as he is revealed to us in the gospel accounts and extra biblical materials.
ACCORDING OT POPULAR CULTURE
According to popular culture, Jesus is a man who was born into a nomadic people group in the vicinity of Palestine 2000 years ago. He is a good moral teacher and revolutionary leader. Probably, he is an apocalyptic teacher. In the throng of isms, some have very lowly view of Jesus. A person like Oprah Winfrey thinks that Jesus is a ‘guru’ who came to the world to awake our Christ’s consciousness that was non-operational in its deep slumber. He is a path or a god who can lead to the essence of all consciousness.
The another conception about Jesus in our present day culture is that he is a man who claimed to be the Messiah but failed miserably to live up to his own claim. He is a poor deluded guy. And some people are simply ignorant to all the historical facts and reject that he ever lived in this world. Continue reading Who is JESUS? →