February 24, 2019

The Heart of Our Faith

The Apostles’ Creed leaves out all the teachings of Jesus.  Every one of them.  Here is how some have put the problem. The place for the teachings of Jesus in the Apostles’ Creed is held by a comma – it’s the comma between “born of the Virgin Mary” [comma] and … “suffered under Pontius Pilate.”  Do you see?  Jesus’ whole life is left out, as if the only important thing is that he was born, and that he died.  That amounts to “Christianity-lite,” to me, especially when it comes to this morning’s text. It leaves out the hard stuff. It says to Christians, pay no attention to what the man Jesus said.  Just believe he died for your sins and live however the heck you want.