Of Creeds and Faith


I don’t do creeds, really, but I have faith.

What is faith ?

Hebrews 1:1 tells me that “Faith (or trusting, as another translation has it) is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” In other words, Faith is being confident of what we hope for and being convinced about things we do not see.

It doesn’t say a thing about the need to believe or confess a certain number of points of a creed.

I have nothing against creeds per se. But when our faith, or “right faith”, or if we are a “good believer” is measured by if, and how much we adhere to the various points of a creed, I think there is a problem. Then, they are used as a weapon to keep the other out (or to identify who’s really “in”) – and suddenly you have us vs. them.

But faith doesn’t work that way. We may have little faith, or a lot of faith, and the amount of faith we have varies throughout our lives, even throughout  day sometimes – but we can always trust in the object of our faith: God, and his promises.

God doesn’t love us more or less if we ascribe to all points of the nicene or athanasian creed, if we do more or less good things – God loves us and offers us grace regardless of who we are and what we, and sometimes despite what we do and all our fuck-ups.

It is not about rules and following them; it is about being offered a new chance, it is about dying and being made new; it is about being reconciled with ourselves, our neighbors, our friends and our enemies.

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