How do you apply the Apostles' Creed to your everyday life?
March 04, 2012 2:58AM
I, as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, do NOT apply the Apostles' Creed, nor any other creeds, to anything in our daily life.
Unbeknownst to many, the Apostles Creed was not formulated by the apostles. It was formulated long after the apostles had died. Professor G. C. Stead in The Expository Times, wrote among other things: "a statement of Christian belief which approximately agrees in wording with the Apostles' Creed cannot be found in any surviving writing earlier than A.D. 340."
The fact is that neither did Jesus formulate any creeds of faith to be recited. In fact Jesus said in Matthew 6:7: ". . . do not say the same thing over and over again . . ." (New Life Version)
(The Message paraphrased version) "The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They're full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don't fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, . . ."
The truth about creeds is that they are all 'human' creeds, contrived by humans; not by Jesus and the apostles. In fact the creeds changed over the years, as more things were added to the creeds. It has gotten to the point where the Encyclopædia Britannica says that among the churches of Christendom, "there are over 150 officially recognized creeds and confessions."
Jehovah's Witnesses find that we can lead a genuine Christian life, without feeling the need to constantly repeat creeds. We consider the endless repetition of religious sounding expressions (like Hallelujah, Amen, Praise Jesus, Jesus saves) much like the tribal mantras of people who do not know Jehovah God and Christ Jesus.