A creed is a statement of your beliefs. The Apostles creed was not actually written by the apostles but probably was written by many people in a council. In the Roman Church, when you were baptised they would ask you, “What do you believe?” In reply you would have to recite the Apostles Creed. If you got any bit of the recitation wrong you would not be baptised. The creed was used to stop what Jesus called ‘hungry wolves’ from entering the church and corrupting it – but still those hungry wolves came in, even though the creed put a barrier up.
In the apostle Johns time, a heresy sprung up in the church called the Docetic Heresy. The people who believed the Docetic Heresy believed that Jesus was God – but that He was not a real man, but that He looked like a real man but really He was a ghost. They could not believe that God would become incarnate for them! Such a thought ran gooseflesh down their spines. The apostle John wrote this to these people, and so started us on the way to creed writing. 1 John 4:2-3 says:
By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has not come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
Written by Meggie. Inspired by Omnibus II, Church Fathers through the Reformation.