The Apostles' Creed:
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of Heaven and Earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried. 1
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into Heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal 2 church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
1 Note: The phrase, He descended into Hell (Sheol); is sometimes included at this point. It is unknown in the older versions of the Creed before the 5th century, though believed by the Church (Source: "The Creeds of Christendom" by Philip Schaff; Vol. II, P. 46).
2 The word "catholic" (with a small "c") usually is used in the different English Versions of the Creed at this point. It is in general use by both Protestant and Orthodox believers. The word "catholic" has come to mean "universal" or "general" (as in the "General" Epistles). Martin Luther (and the Lutheran Churches) have substituted the word "Christian" at this point in the Creed, to avoid any confusion of the term with Roman Catholicism. We have used the word "universal" for the same reason. The actual Greek word: katholikos, literally means "according to the whole."
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