A different creed

At our morning worship service on Tuesday, during my synod’s Fall Theological Conference, we used the following creed in worship.  It is called The Maasai Creed.  It was composed by the Maasai people of East Africa along with missionaries from the Congregation of the Holy Ghost, in 1960.

It is very different from what we are used to, but in some ways similar.  It doesn’t confess everything the Apostles’ Creed confesses (e.g. no virgin birth) , but it gets the gist of it.   Theologically it may be a little rough, but rough is not necessarily bad.  I might have used some different words in spots, but hey…let’s consider the source and context.

So whatever it is worth I share this with you and curious to read what you think of it.

We believe in the one High God, who out of love created the beautiful world and everything good in it. He created Man and wanted Man to be happy in the world. God loves the world and every nation and tribe on the Earth. We have known this High God in darkness, and now we know Him in the light. God promised in the book of His word, the Bible, that He would save the world and all the nations and tribes.

We believe that God made good His promise by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, a man in the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village, who left His home and was always on safari doing good, curing people by the power of God, teaching about God and man, showing the meaning of religion is love. He was rejected by his people, tortured and nailed hands and feet to a cross, and died. He lay buried in the grave, but the hyenas did not touch him, and on the third day, He rose from the grave. He ascended to the skies. He is the Lord.

We believe that all our sins are forgiven through Him. All who have faith in Him must be sorry for their sins, be baptised in the Holy Spirit of God, live the rules of love and share the bread together in love, to announce the Good News to others until Jesus comes again. We are waiting for Him. He is alive. He lives. This we believe. Amen.

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