What is the Nicean Creed?

 

A fundamental idea of eternal truth is that it is eternal and must come from God.  The origin of truth is very important.  The First Council of Nicea represents, for me, the beginning of a real problem in religion.

The First Council of Nicaea was a council of Christian bishops convened in Nicea (present day Turkey) by Constantine I in AD 325. The Council is seen as the first effort to attain consensus in the church through an assembly representing all of the Christian world.   The First Council of Nicaea resulted in the first uniform Christian doctrine, called the Creed of Nicea.  With the creation of the creed, a precedent was established for subsequent general councils of Bishops to create statements of doctrine.  The Nicean council is known for the establishment of the doctrine of the literal divine sonship of Jesus Christ and the setting of the date of the celebration of the Resurrection.  These points of doctrine and tradition were established by vote.  In subsequent councils, other numerous points of doctrine and elements of the canon of scripture have been established by vote.

Conclusion:  My struggle with this idea is that most of the doctrine of the Catholic churches were established this way.  Many of the LDS doctrines were adopted from these traditions.  I cannot believe that eternal truth can be established by popular vote.  Political, social, and traditional biases play into such assemblies.  The true nature of God (if he exists) can only be established through communication through true prophets or through direct communication.  The challenge for me is trying to understand how we are to determine which prophets are true when there appear to be so many false ones.  At any rate, the Nicean Creed does little for me.


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