A Need for Creed

In today’s first reading, Paul outlines the earliest creed to the newly initiated believers in Corinth.  But what is the purpose of setting forth a creed?

In short, a creed is a formal statement of Christian beliefs, such as the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed.  So, why do we need a creed?  We need a creed because it codifies the beliefs that we agree upon as the most important facts that underlie our faith.

I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,
of the Gospel I preached to you,
which you indeed received and in which you also stand.
Through it you are also being saved,
if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,
unless you believed in vain.
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:
that Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he was buried;
that he was raised on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
After that, he appeared to more
than five hundred brothers and sisters at once,
most of whom are still living,
though some have fallen asleep.
After that he appeared to James,
then to all the Apostles.
Last of all, as to one born abnormally,
he appeared to me.

It’s all about our faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  He lived for us, died for us, and rose from death so that we might live.

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