President Hinckley has encouraged members of the Church to read the Nicene Creed and compare it with the testimony of Joseph Smith on the nature of God.
I suspect many of us have an opinion on the Nicene Creed, but how many of us have read it? I would like to perform a research experiment here at BCC. Below is the text of the Nicene Creed. Follow President Hinckley’s challenge, read it and post your thoughts. PLEASE read it without pre-conceived notions as to what it says. Just examine the text, forget its history, and answer this question:
Is there a problem with the theology of the Nicence Creed?*
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
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 believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He 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.
*By this I mean don’t get hung up about "one holy and catholic church" etc. In fact, substitute it with "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" if it helps get you into the theology. What is the foundational problem with this text from a Latter-day Saint point of view? As a student of religion, I am very interested in your input. I will then gather your responses and express my opinion at a later date.