We Believe in
Christians believe in one God, who is also the Trinity; meaning that He is one God in Three Persons: God the Father - the creator; God the Son - the redeemer; and God the Holy Spirit - the communicator.
Fundamental to the Christian faith is the belief that Jesus Christ is both truly God and truly human, and that He died on the cross and rose to life. Because God loves us so much, he wanted us to be like him and so He became like us, even suffering with us. Without Jesus, there can be no Christian Faith. The early Church formulated this faith in a series what we now call Creeds, from the Latin first word Credo which means I believe. This is the Apostles Creed.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and Earth, and in his Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified dead, and buried. He descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church; the communion of the Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Faith of the Church
The Creeds neatly summarise the Christian Faith, which is the belief of the Church. Along with the Sacraments and Holy Scriptures, this Faith can not be altered, to suit fashion or human needs. As Christians, we believe that our Faith is true, just as Jesus himself said that he was the way the truth and the life. By its very nature, truth can not change; what is true one moment can not be false the next. Otherwise it would not have been true in the first place! And because the truth can not change, neither can the Christian Faith.
However, whilst the Christian Faith can not alter, how Christians relate to God can. Just as relationships evolve, not least in families, so too does the relationship between humanity and God. Views and attitudes change with the passage of time. That is why some things that might once have been deemed acceptible or indeed, unacceptable, are no more. And so what might not have caused St Paul to bat an eyelid, are now condemned outright by the Church, for instance, slavery and the death penalty.
That is why Anglo-Catholics have had a long and rich tradition of recognising this, and the need on the one hand to adhere to the Faith, as it is taught by the Church, whilst also relating it to an ever changing world.