The Poem of Our Beliefs

Often Christians have treated the Apostle’s Creed as s statement of faith, a set of certainties that we completely understand. What if instead we looked at it as a poem which does the best it can to capture unending mysteries in a few brief words? Certainly the things it speaks about are unfathomable, and yet, somehow, they are able to be grasped enough to alter how we see ourselves, our God, and our world.

Today, read this poem that has been passed down from the original Christian communities. Let it speak to you. Let it expand your heart and mind and love for God.


I believe in God, the Father almighty, 
creator of heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. 
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead. 
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, 
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 
the Holy catholic Church, 
the communion of saints, 
the forgiveness of sins, 
the resurrection of the body, 
and the life everlasting.