Trinity - Apostles vs Nicene Creed  

The Christian Trinity evolved over many years from religious verdicts given at various councils.

The Christian doctrine of Trinity holds that God is three consubstantial persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit as "one God in three Divine Persons".

The table below details the historical development of the Christian Trinity which started as a Unitarian theology and evolved into a Trinitarian one.

Apostles
CREED
Nicene
CREED
Athanasian
CREED
Chalcedon
CREED
180 AD
147 years after Jesus
325 AD
292 years after Jesus

Council Of Nicaea
381 AD
348 years after Jesus

Council of Constantinople
451 AD
418 years after Jesus

Council of Chalcedon
Type
UNITARIAN
To worship God alone, and praise Jesus and Holy Spirit

Father = God
Jesus
Holy Spirit
BINATARIAN
To worship God and Jesus, and praise the Holy Spirit

Father = God
Jesus = God
Holy Spirit
TRINITARIAN
To worship God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit

Father = God
Jesus = God
Holy Spirit = God
TRINITARIAN
To worship God, Jesus, fully man and God, and the Holy Spirit

Father = God
Jesus = Man+God
Holy Spirit = God
Overview


The Apostles Creed emphasis was on the worship of the one, true God.

Although the Trinity is mentioned in the Apostles Creed, there is no mention of the doctrine of the Trinity, such as Jesus or the Holy Spirit being equal to God.


The Nicene Creed emphasis was on the worship of God and his equal, Jesus, the Son. Little was said about the Holy Spirit.

The Nicene Creed affirmed the unity of God, insisted that Jesus was 'eternally begotten' from the Father before all time, and declared the Son is of the same essence (homoousios) as the Father; and Mary conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and through her, Jesus, true God, became also true man.

The Nicene Creed, it does not state that a person must believe in the Trinity to be saved.

By now, Trinitarians were firmly in control of the Church, and non-Trinitarian Christians were routinely persecuted, killed and their writings destroyed.


The Athanasian Creed clarified the divinity and worship of the Holy Spirit.

The Creed contains a clear and detailed statement of the Trinity ('The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; and yet there are not three Gods but one God').
It also upholds the full Deity and humanity of Jesus, his death for sins, resurrection, ascension, second coming and final judgement.

Athanasian Creed obligates every Christian to believe in the Trinity; the incarnation of Jesus; that Jesus is both God and man in order to attain salvation and be saved.


The Chalcedon Creed recognised that Jesus was both Man and God, but was only one Person.

Over time, Christians began to believe at the point of incarnation, Jesus lost all His deity and became man. Other Christians believed that he never became truly human.

The Chalcedon Creed re-affirmed that Jesus was God, but he was also man
Text
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; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spake by the Prophets. And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.

And the catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal. And yet they are not three Eternals, but one Eternal. As there are not three Uncreated nor three Incomprehensibles, but one Uncreated and one Incomprehensible. So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord. And yet not three Lords, but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be God and Lord, So are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords.

The Father is made of none: neither created nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits. And in this Trinity none is before or after other; none is greater or less than another; But the whole three Persons are coeternal together, and coequal: so that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshiped. He, therefore, that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe faithfully the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right faith is, that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man of the substance of His mother, born in the world; Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood; Who, although He be God and Man, yet He is not two, but one Christ: One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking the manhood into God; One altogether; not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead; He ascended into heaven; He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty; from whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give an account of their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.

This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.
Therefore, following the holy fathers, we all with one accord teach men to acknowledge one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at once complete in Godhead and complete in manhood, truly God and truly man, consisting also of a reasonable soul and body; of one substance with the Father as regards his Godhead, and at the same time of one substance with us as regards his manhood; like us in all respects, apart from sin; as regards his Godhead, begotten of the Father before the ages, but yet as regards his manhood begotten, for us men and for our salvation, of Mary the Virgin, the God-bearer; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, recognized in two natures, without confusion, without change, without division, without separation; the distinction of natures being in no way annulled by the union, but rather the characteristics of each nature being preserved and coming together to form one person and subsistence, not as parted or separated into two persons, but one and the same Son and Only-begotten God the Word, Lord Jesus Christ; even as the prophets from earliest times spoke of him, and our Lord Jesus Christ himself taught us, and the creed of the fathers has handed down to us.
960 views · 3 hrs ago |   •   Author: Guest   •   Updated: 02 May 2018
ALL ARTICLES ARE INTENDED FOR GENERAL EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THE INFORMATION IS BELIEVED TO BE CORRECT, ACCURATE AND TRUTHFUL. ARTICLES ARE LIVE DOCUMENTS AND MAY BE UPDATED WITH NEW CONTENT AT ANY TIME. WHERE AVAILABLE, SOURCES AND REFERENCES ARE CREDITED. IF YOU SPOT ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS KINDLY CONTACT US WITH DETAILS
trinity-apostles-nicene-athanasian

  5 videos on 'Creed'

The Council of Nicaea, Arian and Athanasian Creed    8:06
1.   367 views · 6 hrs ago  |  1 year ago
How did the Nicene Creed confirm the Trinity? - ReligionForBreakfast    7:35
2.   188 views · 5 days ago  |  2 years ago
Truth about Council of Nicaea (Nicene Creed)    9:30
3.   175 views · 4 days ago  |  2 years ago
Creeds and Church Councils - Ryan Reeves    24:18
4.   133 views · 4 days ago  |  10 months ago
Nicene Creed (Nicaea) - Jim Papandrea    1:06:39
5.   12 views · 3 days ago  |  1 week ago
Watch Video 
  Previous Next Article  
Articles
All Articles (101)
10 Commandments - Bible vs Quran10 Commandments - Christian vs MuslimAbrahamic ReligionsAngelsAre you a Muslim?Arius vs Bishop AthanasiusBible - 12% of New Testament copied from Old TestamentBible - Ego Eimi in Exodus 3:14 and John 8:58Bible - Exodus 3:14 TranslationsBible - Jesus in the Old TestamentBible - King James' Missing VersesBible - Lost Books of the BibleBible - Mark 16:9-20 Longer EndingBible - Matthew 28:19: Greek vs HebrewBible - Pagan Texts in the BibleBible - Revelation, A ForgeryBible - The Synoptic ProblemBible - The Violence & KillingsBible Authors: Who Wrote It?Bible Errors: 672 VariantsBible History - KJV vs NIVBible NT - Manuscript Dating reveals 250 year gap in evidenceBible OT - Manuscript Dating reveals 1303 year gap in evidenceBible Verses - KJV vs NIVCatholic vs Protestant - BibleCatholic vs Protestant - ChristianityChild MarriageChristian HeresiesConstantine and ChristianityConstantine, Nicaea and HistoryDid Jesus pray to God or Allah?Early Christian SectsEarly Church CouncilsEarly Church Fathers on Jesus' DivinityEarly Church Fathers on NT GospelsGod vs AllahGod, Evidence ForGods Names and AttributesHow do Muslims pray?Ishmael and Isaac in Bible and QuranJesus - A God of Many FacesJesus - Amongst Savior GodsJesus - Crucifixion in the GospelsJesus - Crucifixion TimingJesus - Resurrection in the GospelsJesus - Resurrection TheoriesJesus and the 12 DisciplesJesus in the QuranJesus is one of many Sons of GodJesus on the Cross or Tree?Jesus the dying & rising GodJesus the GodJesus the Jewish ProphetJesus the MuslimJesus the Son of GodJesus the Zodiac Sun-GodJesus vs Isaac - The SacrificeJesus vs Jonah & WhaleJesus vs KrishnaJesus vs PaulJesus vs YeshuaJesus vs ZeusJesus was 30, 40 or 50 years old?Jesus, 12 Disciples and Paul InterviewJesus, Serapis & 7 Pagan GodsJewish BeliefMark, Matthew, Luke and JohnMessiah - His Aims & ObjectivesMessiah - Jesus?Monotheism vs PolytheismMuhammad - Most Influential Man in HistoryMuhammad in Bible: He is is altogether lovely - Song 5:16Muhammad in Bible: Kedar rejoice and Sela sing - Isaiah 41/42Muhammad in Bible: Prophet like unto Moses - Deuteronomy 18:18Muhammad in Bible: Select VersesNew Age Movement and Alice BaileyNicene Creed - Council of Nicaea 325 ADNoahide LawsPalestine and Creation of Israel in 1948Paul vs JamesProphets of GodProphets were Sinners?Purpose of LifeQuran - A Mathematical MiracleQuran - Chapter & Verse MiracleQuran - Hafs vs WarshQuran and ViolenceQuran vs ScienceRoman CalendarTerrorism, the Risk to AmericansThe Lost GospelsThe Prophets PrayerTrinity - A Pagan ConceptTrinity - Apostles vs Nicene CreedTrinity - Comparing Father, Son and Holy GhostTrinity - Different ViewsTrinity - Three Are OneTrinity in the BibleWar on TerrorWho did Abraham sacrifice?Women in Religion

Submit Article


3,113 Videos     New videos uploaded every week!

9/11 African Al-Aqsa Allah Amish Angel Antichrist Apostasy Apostle Paul Aramaic Arch Of Titus Arian Controversy Arius Asherah Astrolog Athanasius Atheism Atonement Baptism Bible Canon Big Bang Black Blasphemy Blood Sacrifice Buddhism Caesar Calpurnius Piso Catholic Child Bride Christmas Church Father Codex Colonial Constantine Convert Covenant Crucifixion Crusades Darwin Dead Sea Scrolls Didache Docetism Early Christian Easter Ebionites Economic Hitman Ego Eimi Evolution False Flag Fasting FGM Flavian Gaddafi Gamaliel Gaza Genocide Gnostic Golgotha Goliath Hadith Haile Selassie Hebrew Israelite Hindu Hindu God Homosexual Horus Idolatory Incest Iraq Isaiah ISIS Islamophobia Israel Jerusalem Jesus Barabbas Jewish Temple Jihad Judaism Kaaba KJV Knights Templar Krishna Libya Logic Makkah Malcolm X Manuscript Mecca Melchizedek Messiah Mithras Monotheism Moon God Morality Mormon Mount Of Olives Mount Sinai Natural Selection Nazareth New Testament New World Order New Year Nicaea Nicene Creed Noahide NOI Obesity Pagan Palestine Paraclete Pharaoh Philosophy Piso Flavian Polytheism Pontius Pilate Protestant Qiraat Quran Ramban Rasta Red Sea Resurrection Ring Composition Rohingya Roman Rome Sabbath Sacrifice Salvation Satanic Verse Science Septuagint Serapis Shariah Shia Shiva Sibyl Siege Of Jerusalem Sikh Slave Spanish Inquisition Spirituality Srebrenica Sun God Swine Sykes-Picot Temple Mount Ten Commandment Terror Tertullian Titus Flavius Torah Trinity Unitarian Universe Vatican Violence Women Yinon Plan Zeus Zion Zionism Zodiac
ABOUT US
MuslimProphets.com is an educational entertainment website focused on the lives and teachings of 'Prophets of God', including Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, who established the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

MuslimProphets.com presents evidences, scripture, photo, video, maps, news headlines, public debates and diverse, 'alternative' views held by Theologians, Apologists, Scholars and Street Preachers.

Take a Site Tour
SCRIPTURES (580)
Torah 5   BOOKS
Psalms 1   BOOK
Apocrypha 381   BOOKS
Old Testament 32   BOOKS
New Testament 27   BOOKS
Quran 1   BOOK
Hadith 10   BOOKS
ARTICLES (101)
Are you a Muslim?
3 mins | Online Test
Trinity - Apostles vs Nicene Creed
961 views · 0 secs ago
Quran and Violence
2879 views · 1 sec ago
Palestine and Creation of Israel in 1948
485 views · 8 secs ago
Ishmael and Isaac in Bible and Quran
2198 views · 18 secs ago
Did Jesus pray to God or Allah?
4368 views · 32 secs ago
Go Social :      Facebook  |    Twitter  |    Youtube
About Us  |  Help/FAQ  |  Contact Us    •    Terms  |  Privacy/Disclaimer  |  Sitemap
In accordance with Islamic etiquette, all prophet names should be followed with 'Peace Be Upon Him (PBUH)'. This is omitted to keep text content minimal.

DISCLAIMER: All content on website is provided for general information and educational purposes only. While information and commentary provided or referenced comes from sources believed to be reliable, this cannot be guaranteed. Links are offered for additional reading, however we do not necessarily support comments on external sites. You are invited to conduct your own research. If you spot any mistake, error or omission of information, kindly contact us so we can correct it. Unless otherwise indicated, all images and content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License distributed by Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Pixabay, Flickr or Pexels. All Torah, Psalms and Bible Old/New Testament quotes are from The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV) in the public domain. All Quran quotes are from the Taqi-ud-Din al-Hilali/Muhsin Khan English translation.