In this 8th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on God the Father. We will explore the theological foundations of God's existence and His identity. The final acts of creation will be explored in detail.
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Expelling Adam and Eve from the Garden
by Gustave Dore
What does it mean when we profess: “I Believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth?”
I believe in
To believe in something means to trust the truthfulness of a thing based on the word of another person. In order to believe that something is true, we must also trust in the person that gives us the things to believe in. We trust that this person has the authority to know what is true and share it with others.
The Church gave us the Catholic creeds. It is on the Church’s authority that we believe the truths we profess in the creeds.
The beliefs we profess in the Apostle’s Creed are in a specific order. Each truth is ordered by time and importance. Creation is the first action recorded in Scripture, and God’s existence is the most important truth that exists.
God, the Father Almighty
God is a single, immaterial substance. It’s almost impossible for us to imagine a being that has no form, so from the words of Scripture we use physical images that come the closest to expressing who God is.
As the Father, God is depicted as an older, grandfatherly male. This helps us remember that God is the Father of all things. He created the world and everything in it. To “create” means to make from nothing.
The power to create also means that the one who creates is the source of all things. If someone is the source of all things, this logically means that this someone is singular. There is only one source. This is why we believe that God is One.
Because God is the single source of all things, He contains all things in Himself. Things like Truth, Beauty, and Goodness are a part of God’s unending existence. These things exist in God in their purest, simplest form. They are perfect, which is why we profess that God is Almighty. No created thing is as perfect as God, let alone more so.
Creator of Heaven
In the Creation Story, each “day” of creation is concluded with the statement that God saw what He had made, and that it was very good. This “goodness” shows us how God is connected to all of His creation. It also indicates the purpose for which all created things were made.
Heaven is where God’s highest creations are most closely united to Him. In Heaven God’s true image is seen. This is called the Beatific Vision. In the Beatific Vision, union with God is complete. There is no desire for anything... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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