The significance of the Nicene Creed is evident in its first two passages:
WE BELIEVE in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
The Nicene creed is important, and it is restated at religious services on a weekly or even daily basis depending upon each faith’s practice because of its nearly universal theme. In short, it is a reaffirmation of the fundamental tenets of Christianity and is used by numerous faiths within Christianity, including the Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches. Its origins date to the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea of AD 325, and it has survived major disruptions within the Catholic Church and revisions that have involved tenuous maneuvers within the ranks of the major Christian denominations. Its core affirmations, however, involve the creed’s statement of belief in the immortality of the soul, of the resurrection, and of the possibility of forgiveness of sins through the baptismal process.