OUR BELIEFS

OUR BELIEFS


In our essential beliefs -- we have unity.

"There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all..." Eph. 4:4-6


In our non-essential beliefs -- we have liberty.

"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls... So then each of us will give an account of himself to God... So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God." Romans 14:1,4,12,22


In all our beliefs -- we show charity.

"...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains -- but have no love, I amount to nothing at all." 1 Cor. 13:2


The Essentials We Believe:

1. We affirm the NICENE CREED as the principal creed of the church and we also recognize that the Western Baptismal Creed, commonly called the APOSTLES' CREED are reliable statements of the Christian faith. We are also guided by the hymn commonly called the ATHANASIAN CREED.


THE NICENE CREED
We trust in one God, the All-Governing Father, maker of heaven and earth, and of everything that is visible and invisible.

We trust in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the unique Son of God, who was fathered by the Father before this age began, light from light, true God from true God, fathered, not made, of one substance with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. 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 trust in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who 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.



THE APOSTLES' CREED
I trust in God, the all-governing Father, who made heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, his unique Son, our Lord. The one who was conceived by the Holy Spirit; the one who was born of Mary, the virgin; the one who suffered under Pontius Pilate; the one who was crucified, died and was buried; the one who went down to the lower places; the one who got up again from the dead on the third day; the one who went up to heaven; the one who sits at the right hand of God, the Father who is able to do all things, from there he is coming to judge the living and the dead.

I trust in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the fellowship of the holy ones, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the flesh, and eternal life. Amen.



THE ATHANASIAN CREED
Whoever wants to be saved must, above all else, adhere to the catholic faith because a person will certainly be lost unless he adheres to the whole faith in its entirety.

This is what the catholic faith teaches:

We worship one God in Trinity and we worship the Trinity in unity. We distinguish between the Persons, but we do not divide the substance because the Father is a distinct Person; the Son is a distinct Person; and the Holy Spirit is a distinct Person. Yet, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are one divine being, having equal glory and coeternal majesty.

What the Father is, the Son is, and the Holy Spirit is. The Father is uncreated, the Son is uncreated, and the Holy Spirit is uncreated. The Father is boundless, the Son is boundless, and the Holy Spirit is boundless. The Father is eternal, the Son is eternal, and the Holy Spirit is eternal. And yet, there are not three eternal beings, but one eternal being. And there are neither three uncreated beings, nor three boundless beings, but one uncreated being and one boundless being. In the same way, the Father is omnipotent, the Son is omnipotent, and the Holy Spirit is omnipotent. Yet, there are not three omnipotent beings, but one omnipotent being.

So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; and yet, there are not three gods, but one God. The Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, and the Holy Spirit is Lord; and yet, there are not three lords, but one Lord. Because just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to profess each of the Persons individually as God, we are also prohibited by the catholic religion to say that there are three gods or three lords.

The Father is not made by anyone, nor created by anyone, nor generated by anyone. The Son is not made nor created, but is generated by the Father alone. The Holy Spirit is not made nor created nor generated, but proceeds from the Father and the Son. There is, then, one Father, not three fathers; one Son, not three sons; one Holy Spirit, not three holy spirits. Not one of the members in this Trinity is before or after the others, nor are any greater or less than any of the others, but all three Persons are co-eternal and coequal with one another. So that, as we have already said, we worship complete unity in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity.

This, then, is what anyone who wants to be saved must believe about the trinity.

It is also necessary for eternal salvation that a person faithfully believes in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The true faith is this:

we believe and profess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and human. As God he was generated from the substance of the Father before time; as human he was born in time from the substance of his mother. He is perfect God and perfect human, having a rational soul and human flesh. He is equal to the Father in his divinity, but he is inferior to the Father in his humanity.

Although he is God and human, he is not two, but one Christ. And he is one, not because his divinity was changed into flesh, but because his humanity was assumed to God. He is one, not at all because of the mingling of substances, but because he is one person. Just as a rational soul and flesh are one man, so God and man are one Christ. He died for our salvation, descended to hell, arose from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty, and from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead. At his coming, all are to arise with their own bodies; and they are to give an accounting of their lives. Those who have done good deeds will go into eternal life; those who have done evil will go into everlasting fire.

This is the catholic faith. A person has to firmly and faithfully accept it or else he cannot be saved. Amen.



2. We also hold to the statements of the seven Ecumenical Councils of the Early church.

Council of Nicea, 325
Rejected the heresy of Arianism, which held that Christ is a creature less than God the Father. The council declared that Christ is "of the same substance with the Father" and "God from God." The Son is co-eternal with the Father. It also adopted the Nicene Creed, established the date for celebrating Easter, recognized Rome, Alexandria, and Antioch as important jurisdictions, granted the See of Jerusalem a place of special honor.


Council of Constantinople, 381
Declared that Christ is fully human with a human soul. The council also stated that the Holy Spirit is worshiped and glorified with the Father and the Son. The Father is the source, the Son is begotten, and the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father. Made changes     to the Nicene Creed in regards to the Holy Spirit.


Council of Ephesus, 431
It also declared that it is wrong to teach Pelagianism, a teaching that there was no Original Sin and we can achieve salvation on our own good acts and works. It proclaimed the Virgin Mary as Theotokos (“God-Bearer,” or “Mother of God”). It also reaffirmed the Nicene Creed.

Council of Chalcedon, 451
Declared that the divine and human natures of Christ are permanently united, but without being mixed or confused or changed into some third entity. The council concluded that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly human and stated this in the Chalcedonian Creed. It established the Sees of Constantinople and Jerusalem as patriarchates, making them the primary jurisdictions of Christianity.

Second Council of Constantinople, 553
Reaffirmed the church's teaching regarding the two natures of Christ and corrected certain misunderstandings of the teaching, such as Nestorianism that taught that Christ did not only possess two natures, but was in fact two persons–one human and one divine. The Catholic Church taught and teaches that Christ has two natures but is one person. It condemned the teachings of Origen of Alexandria, and it decreed that only one person of the Trinity suffered in the flesh.


Third Council of Constantinople, 680-681
Asserted that the two natures of Christ carried out their own independent wills without conflict or confusion.



Council of Nicea, 787
Declared that images of Jesus Christ could be made and used in worship since Jesus Christ, in addition to being God is also human and human beings can be depicted in art. This ended the Iconoclast Controversy that taught that using images in worship was     wrong and destroyed religious art. Icons can be used and venerated according to the whole church.



SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
WELL, WE BELIEVE


ABOUT GOD:
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19;
1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14


ABOUT JESUS CHRIST:
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30;
Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4;
Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13


ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT:
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His guidance each day.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8;
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25;
Ephesians 5:18


ABOUT THE BIBLE:
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The Scriptures tell us everything we need to know for salvation.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13;
Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5


ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS:
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life because it blocks the Blessing that God intends for us.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a;
Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1


ABOUT SALVATION:
Salvation is God's free gift to us. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith as demonstrated through one's baptism.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12;
Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1


ABOUT THE CHURCH:
Jesus Christ has been given all authority in heaven and on earth by God the Father, who raised him from the dead. Jesus Christ has placed the authority given to him to the church. The church, therefore, exists to carry on Christ's ministry of reconciliation and mission as demonstrative acts that illustrate the reality of the dawning of the new age of glory that will be manifested at Christ's return.

We believe that it is the intent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, minister to the sick, comfort the lonely, welcome the stranger, and to visit prisoners; to care for the poor; and to care for the widows and orphans.

Matthew 25:34-40; Isaiah 58:7-8; Matthew 19:21;
Psalm 112:9; II Corinthians 9:6-9; James 1:27


ABOUT ETERNITY:
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with God is eternal Heaven. The permanent location for our eternal lie is the New Earth. We were created to live on this earth and God will permanently unite heaven and earth into one place. This is why we have an attachment to life and this planet--it was made to be our eternal home, and we were made to dwell on it for eternity; therefore, we are created with an attachment to it.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18;
Revelation 20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9


ABOUT CATHOLICITY
The Kingdom of God Catholic Cathedral holds that:

a. All persons who have received a Trinitarian baptism are by virtue of that baptism Christians and disciples of Christ.

b. All persons who have received a Trinitarian baptism and adhere to the ancient Catholic faith as expressed by the Nicene Creed are Catholics.

c. All persons who adhere to the full Catholic faith as received by the church until the Schism of A.D. 1054 are Old Catholics, in the fullness of the Catholic faith.

d. All Christians holding the fullness of the Catholic and Apostolic faith, regardless of their church affiliation, are regarded as being in communion with us, and may be received in fellowship and admitted to the sacraments, and receive pastoral care.


 

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