I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day, He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Many faiths subscribe to the Apostles’ Creed. For an interesting history of this prayer and its origin, please see: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01629a.htm.
1. In this prayer, “Catholic Church” is referring to the entire body of Christ’s Church, regardless of any particular Christian faith. It does not refer to the Roman Catholic Church. The word “Catholic” means “universal”.
2. In the phrase “He descended to the dead”, in some versions of the Creed, it says “He descended to hell.” In either sense, it does not mean that Jesus went to the Hell of damnation and fire that is spoken of in the Bible. Remember, that until Christ died for us and was resurrected, souls who had previously passed over were not admitted into heaven but were in limbo. Thus, Christ went to a place where the dead, who had previously passed, resided — this place of limbo.