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Rule of the Faith Composed by Most Blessed Athanasius

Rule of the Faith Composed by Most Blessed Athanasius

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Published by Miguel Vas
Taken from the Council of Basel-Ferrara-Florence
Taken from the Council of Basel-Ferrara-Florence

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Published by: Miguel Vas on Nov 10, 2010
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RULE OF THE FAITH COMPOSED BY MOST BLESSED ATHANASIUSTaken from the Council of Basel-Ferrara-FlorenceWhoever wills to be saved, before all things it is necessary that he holds the catholicfaith. Unless a person keeps this faith whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perisheternally. The catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in the Trinity, and theTrinity in unity, neither confounding the persons nor dividing the substance. For there isone person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the holy Spirit. But theGodhead of the Father, of the Son and of the holy Spirit is one, the glory equal, and themajesty co-eternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the holy Spirit. TheFather uncreated, the Son uncreated and the holy Spirit uncreated. The Father infinite, theSon infinite and the holy Spirit infinite. The Father eternal, the Son eternal and the holySpirit eternal. Yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal. As also they are not threeuncreateds nor three infinites, but one uncreated and one infinite. Likewise the Father isalmighty, the Son is almighty and the holy Spirit is almighty. Yet they are not threealmighties, but one almighty. Likewise the Father is God, the Son is God and the holySpirit is God. Yet they are not three gods, but one God. Likewise the Father is Lord, theSon is Lord and the holy Spirit is Lord. Yet they are not three lords, but one Lord. For  just as we are compelled by the christian truth to acknowledge each person by himself to be God and Lord, so we are forbidden by the catholic religion to say there are three godsor three lords. The Father is made by none, neither created nor begotten. The Son is fromthe Father alone; not made nor created, but begotten. The holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son; not made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding. So there is one Father,not three fathers; one Son, not three sons; one holy Spirit, not three holy spirits. And inthis Trinity nothing is before or after, nothing is greater or less; but the whole three persons are co-eternal together and co-equal. So that in all things, as has been said above,the unity in Trinity and the Trinity in unity is to be worshipped. Whoever, therefore,wishes to be saved, let him think thus of the Trinity.It is also necessary for salvation to believe faithfully the incarnation of our lord JesusChrist. The right faith, therefore, is that we believe and confess that our lord Jesus Christ,Son of God, is God and man. God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before theages; and man, of the substance of his mother, born in the world. Perfect God, perfectman, subsisting of a rational soul and human flesh. Equal to the Father according to hisGodhead, less than the Father according to his humanity. Although he is God and man, heis not two, but one Christ. One, however, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by the taking of humanity into God. One altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person. For as a reasoning soul and flesh is one man, so God and man isone Christ. He suffered for our salvation and descended into hell. On the third day he rosefrom the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty. Thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. At his coming all shallrise again with their bodies, and shall give an account of their own deeds. Those whohave done good shall go into eternal life, but those who have done evil shall go intoeternal fire.This is the catholic faith. Unless a person believes it faithfully and firmly, he cannot besaved.

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