In this 4th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on God the Father. We will reflect on what it means to "believe" in something while coming to a deeper understanding of who God is in light of the first line of the Apostle's Creed.
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Ceiling of the Royal Chapel
by Antoine Coypel (1768-70)
When we pray the Apostle’s Creed, it is important to do more than repeat the words. Thinking about what you are praying allows the Holy Spirit to help you understand better the Truths of the Faith that are in the Creed. Because the Apostle’s Creed summarizes the entire Catholic Faith, each line has many meaningful parts. Let’s look at the first line closely, and reflect on what it means:
“I Believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.”
“I believe in God”
God wants us to choose Him without being forced to. When we begin with “I,” we accept responsibility for choosing to believe in God and His Truths. The phrase “believe in” means to accept something as true without evidence. Saying “I believe in…” is making the choice to accept whatever comes next without needing proof first.
Did you notice that there are no words to describe God before we say His name, only after? That is very important. God is the ultimate mystery. When we say, “I believe in God,” we accept that we cannot know everything about God in this life.
“the Father Almighty”
Like your Father is the head of your house, describing God first as “the Father” tells us what is most important about God. God is the head of all creation, the Father of us all. Calling God “the Father” helps us remember all the times in the Old Testament that God acted fatherly to the people of Israel. He gave them food. He gave them rules to help them live well. He protected them from enemies. He punished them when they disobeyed. He forgave their wrongs, again and again.
Calling God the Father “Almighty” means that there are no limits to God’s fatherliness. God’s power to love us, to feed us, to teach us, to discipline us, and to protect us does not depend on us being good children.
“Creator of heaven…”
To “create” means to make something from nothing. Can humans create anything? No. Humans can only make things. Making something requires materials you can put together. If you wanted to build a Lego City, you’d need Legos and a table or floor to work on. We know God doesn’t have a body. We also know God is always busy. From these two facts we can say that when God is doing something, He does it without any materials. This is wh... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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