Day 27, Nicene Creed, 19th Line
in accordance with the Scriptures.
The fourth century was an exciting time for the Church as councils of bishops—inspired by the Holy Spirit—met to universally define our faith. Two results of these councils were the Creed we're studying and the official canon of the New Testament.
Today's line in our statement of faith both validates the Scriptures that speak of Christ’s resurrection, and allows Scripture to validate the Creed itself. How can these two testimonies of Christianity give each other credibility? Because both are rooted in the Apostolic Tradition of the Church, the original authority that defines our Christian faith.
Today, we know how important the Scriptures are to Christianity, and how easy it is for us to rely on this authority. Not only do we have physical access to mass produced copies of the Bible, but we can easily access any verse online at any time. However, this wasn't always the case, of course. Before everyday Christians could read the Bible on their own each day, they could memorize, recite and rely on the Creeds of our faith.
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This reflection is a part of By Heart: A Lenten Prayer Project.