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Part One

C

hapter

O

ne

I B

elieve

in

G

od

the

F

ather

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Our profession of faith begins with

God,

for God is the First

and the Last,

1

the beginning and the end of everything. The Credo

begins with God the

Father,

for the Father is the first divine person

of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of

heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation

of all God’s works.

A

rticle

1

“I BELIEVE IN GOD, THE FATHER ALMIGHTY,

CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH”

Paragraph 1. I Believe in God

199

“I believe in God”: this first affirmation of the Apostles’

Creed is also the most fundamental. The whole Creed speaks of

God, and when it also speaks of man and of the world it does so in

relation to God. The other articles of the Creed all depend on the

first, just as the remaining Commandments make the first explicit.

The other articles help us to knowGod better as he revealed himself

progressively to men. “The faithful first profess their belief in

God.”

2

I.

“I B

eliev

E IN

O

ne

G

od

200

These are the words with which the Niceno-Constanti­

nopolitan Creed begins. The confession of God’s oneness, which

has its roots in the divine revelation of the Old Covenant, is

inseparable from the profession of God’s existence and is equally

fundamental. God is unique; there is only one God: “The Christian

faith confesses that God is one in nature, substance, and essence.”

3

201

To Israel, his chosen, God revealed himself as the only One:

“Hear, O Israel: The

Lord

our God is one

Lord

; and you shall love

the

Lord

your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and

with all your might.”

4

Through the prophets, God calls Israel and

1 Cf.

Isa

44:6.

2

Roman Catechism,

I, 2, 2.

3

Roman Catechism,

I. 2, 2.

4

Deut

6:4-5.

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