PM3123: The Subscription to the Apostles’ Creed

In which we demonstrate that there is no contradiction between the teaching of the Maratrean Christian Church, and the Apostles’ Creed.

Given that, as an auxiliary ecclesia, there is no contradiction between the teachings of the Maratrean Christian Church and the teachings of the religion of Maratreanism, it therefore follows that there is no contradiction between the Apostles’ Creed and the religion of Maratreanism either.

Article 1: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth

I believe in God: The Maratrean Christian Church teaches the existence of God. While the Maratrean Christian Church does not deny that God is equally Goddess, according to its own tradition it speaks of God rather than Goddess. The Maratrean Christian Church teaches inclusive monotheism – that one God is known under many names, forms, images, servants, representatives, emanations, aspects, mediators, etc. However, while the Maratrean Christian Church acknowledges that the one God is known under these many forms, for its own purposes it restricts itself to those forms based in the Christian tradition, while not denying the validity of other forms based in other traditions.

the Father: The Maratrean Christian Church affirms the reality of divine parenthood, that God is our heavenly parent and that we are children of God according to the soul. The Maratrean Christian Church acknowledges that the Divine Parent may be known as either Divine Father or Divine Mother, but for its own purposes it restricts itself to the term Father only.

almighty: The Maratrean Christian Church affirms the omnipotence of God, which it understands to mean, that whatever God wills without doubt happens exactly as God wills it, and whatever happens is without doubt what God wills. It is impossible for anyone to disobey God’s will of decrees, even as it is common to disobey God’s will of revelation.

creator of heaven and earth: The Maratrean Christian Church affirms that God created the heavens and the earth, which is to say all spiritual and material entities, through causing to exist in souls various experiences in particular patterns, said entities being particular patterns in those experiences.

Article 2: I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.

I believe in Jesus: the Maratrean Christian Church affirms that Jesus is a major prophet, and a prophet of the highest rank, a fivefold prophet. The Maratrean Christian Church bases itself on the tradition which remembers the establishment by Jesus of the Holy Cause.

Christ: the Maratrean Christian Church affirms that Jesus is anointed, which is to say, anointed with remembrance – this is the fifth and highest rank of prophecy.

only: the Maratrean Christian Church understands this claim in light of the doctrine of relative uniqueness – that something may be unique in a particular context, whether or not it is unique absolutely. The Maratrean Christian Church does not teach that Jesus Christ has an equal in any other context, but neither does it teach absolutely that there is no other context in which such an equal might exist; it teaches declares the uniqueness of Christ in its own context.

His only Son: the Maratrean Christian Church understands that all are children of God, and therefore all are sons and daughters of God. The Maratrean Christian Church does not consider “His only Son” to be in contradiction with this understanding, for it understands “His only Son” not to be referring to the general sense in which we are all sons and daughters of God, but an especial sense – an especial sense of being a child of the divine, particular with respect to the general sense of being a child of the divine. This especial sense refers to the anointment of being Christ.

our Lord: every Prophet is a Lord of the Cause; therefore, Jesus is Lord.

Article 3: He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

We affirm the doctrine of the virgin birth. The meaning of that doctrine, is that Jesus was born physically of a single parent, as a sign that our souls are born of a single parent – he was born according to the body as all are born according to the soul; for the many, birth according to the body is an imperfect sign of birth according to the soul – but in him, that sign was perfected.

the Holy Spirit: See discussion below, under Article 8.

Virgin Mary: We affirm that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, her entire life long, never knew sexually any man whatsoever.

Article 4: He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

We declare that Jesus died a martyr for the holy Cause. While that his manner of death was by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate we do not hold to be a thing knowable with certainty, we declare it to be highly probable, and we teach that rather than anything to the contrary.

Article 5: He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again.

He descended into hell: We affirm, that upon his death, Jesus descended into hell – the abode of the damned, the lake of fire, the second death – and that while damned in hell, Jesus experienced himself all suffering that anyone has ever or shall ever experience in hell. Jesus drank fully from the cup of eternal damnation, drank it entirely into himself. Having consumed it utterly, it was left as naught, and he ascended therefrom unto the glory of the resurrection. Hell, meaning the penal chamber, of the perfect justice of heaven. This was an aspect of the anointing of remembrance, that he would remember even this. Truly on this account is he known as Christ!

On the third day he rose again: Without doubt he rose again, as a demonstration of the immortality of the soul. Whether it was on the third day or the second or the fourth is of no import; we shall say the third, simply that we have no reason to say anything otherwise.

Article 6: He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He ascended into heaven: The doctrine of the Ascension of Christ: He ascended into heaven as without doubt all according to the soul ascend into heaven; he went unto the joy of blessing, even for himself. This was the cessation of his apparitional resurrection.

seated at the right hand of the Father: The doctrine of the Session of Christ: The “right hand” must be understood as meaning a place of honour or power. “Seating” implies rest and completion. This is a reference to the union that comes subsequent to blessing. The state of union is a state of identity with the glory and power and will of the utmost divine.

Article 7: He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

He will come again:  which we take to mean, one like unto him shall come again, whether or not it be he or another. John the Baptist is Elijah come again (Matthew 11:14); in the same manner may Jesus come again. And this is the coming of the Saviour-to-Come, whose coming is promised by every true prophet and in every true scripture; Jesus himself promised the same to come. And indeed, as all are one, whoever shall come, shall be none other than Jesus, as none is other than anyone else.

to judge the living: This does not refer to the judgement which is the right of heaven alone, and is never found upon the earth, not even in the last days. Rather, it refers to the judgement which First Triumph represents, in which the usurpation is judged by its overthrow.

and the dead: In those days the living shall honour the memories of those departed who had done well in their life, and remember with proper disapproval the memories of those who had done wickedly; quite unlike today, when the wicked are celebrated and honoured, while those who had done good have their memories defamed.

Article 8: I believe in the Holy Spirit

the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit can be understood in two senses, which may even be one sense rather than two – the captain of the Causal Spirits, who is a quasi-personal spirit, if not even personal. The second sense, is that insofar as every soul has a spirit, the utmost divine soul, the original and final soul, has also a divine spirit. So the Holy Spirit may be taken to refer to either of these and to both of them, if they are distinct from one another.

Article 9: the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,

the holy catholic Church: the term “Church” here means the entirety of the holy Cause; not only the Maratrean Christian Church, but also the central vessel, and the other auxiliary ecclesiae, and even, to a lesser degree, the derogative and federative ecclesiae. It flotilla of the Cause is without doubt holy; it is catholic, in that it is universal – it is established not for a single nation or people or race, but for all of the nations and peoples and races of the earth.

the communion of saints: the saints being those who have vowed themselves to the holy Cause; their holiness being not inherent in themselves, but in the Cause they have vowed themselves to serve. The communion of the saints is the possession by them of property in common; this is the doctrine of the holy establishment.

Article 10: the forgiveness of sins

We believe that we ought to forgive others what they have done to us, and that whatever anyone has done to us or to others will be forgiven them.

Article 11: the resurrection of the body

We declare that immortality is bodily immortality, for material things are naught but patterns in the experiences of souls, and the soul has no existence apart from its experience; therefore the soul cannot exist save that it experiences things, even material things, and therefore the existence of soul surviving death implies that material things survive death also; this is what is known as the resurrection of the body.

Article 12: and life everlasting

This is the forward-vein of the ever-remaining.