Why isn’t the Creed in the Bible?
It may seem odd that each Sunday after the homily, we all stand a recite a bunch of words that aren’t actually in the Bible. Yet, although the sentences of the Creed are not directly taken from Scripture (as the Hail Mary and the Our Father), the Creed summarizes all of Scripture by depicting the story of salvation through the lens of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All of these essential truths of Christianity were first experienced by the apostles and then passed down orally to the next generations. As history progressed, Christians summarized these truths into one single statement of faith that we know today as the Creed. Creed comes from the Latin word Credo, meaning “I believe.” But our belief in the words of the Creed is more much than an intellectual assent; it is a belief that penetrates both the mind and the heart. To say, “I believe” in all the truths listed in the Creed is to say, “I trust” and “I commit” to the living Tradition of the Church. As Catholics, we do not fall into the trap of believing only what is directly said in the Bible. This would be foolish since the Bible is actually a product of the living Tradition of the Church. Instead, we recognize that both Scripture and Tradition are sacred. These two pillars of our faith are perfectly compatible and only support one another in conveying the essential truths of Christianity. If this topic interests you, I’d like to personally invite you to join us at our next Formation Night on May 14. We often get ridiculed as Catholics for giving more loyalty to the Church than to the Bible. I’d love to dive deeper with you into this question on the relationship between Scripture and Tradition. Join us in the Parish Life Center from 5:30-7:30pm on May 14 for food, fellowship, catechesis, and discussion. Childcare will be provided.“Wonder Why?” is a weekly article written by Fr. White explaining the why questions. From church teaching to changes in the parish, we are often faced with the question: “Why?”