In the Bible, John 1:3 states that God the Son created everything;
so why do the Creeds
say that God the Father was the Creator?
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God. The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were
made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. ...He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world
knew him not.
...And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his
glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace
and truth." -John 1:1-3,10,14
God the Father was indeed the Creator.
The Bible teaches that He created all things by Jesus
confirms the presence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy
Spirit, at the Creation.
the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. ...And the spirit
of God moved upon the face of the waters." -Genesis
make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the
beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by
Jesus Christ." -Ephesians
John refers to Jesus
Christ in John Chapter 1 as
Word of God" ("And the Word
was made flesh and dwelt among
us...and we beheld his glory...the only begotten of the Father."
"A father begets,
a mother conceives. God
the Son is begotten
of the Father and conceived of the Virgin Mary. The begetting
is an eternal relationship, the conception is an event
in time." -Ken
was involved in Creation as the
- "And God said, Let there be
light," -Genesis 1:3
- "And God said, Let there be an
expanse between the waters to separate water from water."
- "And God said, Let the water under
the sky be gathered to one place,"
- "And God said, Let the land produce
vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear
fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds."
Contrary to the implication of the question, the Creeds
do not say that God the Father is the Creator alone.
The Bible reveals that the Holy Spirit is Lord; that He is God, just as the
Father and the Son are Lord and God:
the Lord is
that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is
said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that
you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the
money you received for the land?
Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it
was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think
of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God." -Acts
So the Nicene
Creed , which is a summary
of essential Apostolic
teaching, also clearly states that the Holy Spirit is
Lord (and therefore
worshipped as God) and is the Creator (giver) of life. Both
God the Father and Jesus Christ (God the Son), along with the
Holy Spirit (as God and Lord); were all as co-eternal
persons of the Trinity, involved in the Creation.
Excerpted from the Nicene
"I believe in one God, the Father
Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord
Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father
before all ages; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom
all things were made;...
...And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of
life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son
together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets."
In the Apostle's Creed much doctrine
(not just the doctrine of this question) found in the Nicene
is absent, as this creed is a
bare-bones doctrinal summary, historically used as a Baptismal Creed,
and in the liturgy as a confession and remembrance of the commitment to
the basic Apostolic
teaching that was made at our Baptism.
In the Athanasian Creed, there are
specific mentions of Jesus Christ as Creator - but neither is there
of the Father as Creator. This Creed
is more concerned with the
Trinity; and in making clear that Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, and
the Father are all to be worshipped as God, and are equally God.
Excerpted from the
"...we worship one God in Trinity, and
Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the persons nor dividing the
substance. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son,
and another of the Holy Spirit. But the Godhead of the Father, of the
Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory equal, the majesty
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the
Holy Spirit. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy
Spirit uncreated. The Father incomprehensible, the Son
incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.
eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal. And yet they
are not three eternals but one eternal. As also there are not three
uncreated nor three incomprehensible, but one uncreated and one
So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son
almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty. And yet they are not three
almighties, but one almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God,
and the Holy Spirit is God; And yet they are not three Gods, but one
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit
Lord; And yet they are not three Lords but one Lord. For like as we
are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by
himself to be God and Lord; So are we forbidden by the catholic
religion to say; There are three Gods or three Lords.
The Father is
made of none, neither created nor begotten. The Son is of the Father
alone; not made nor created, but begotten. The Holy Spirit is of the
Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not
three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits. And in this
Trinity none is afore or after another; none is greater or less than
another. But the whole three persons are coeternal, and coequal.
that in all things, as aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity
in Unity is to be worshipped."
The Apostle John knew the Old Testament
well. He did not write anything that contradicted it.
Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the Gospel of John (verses
1:1-14), he revealed and made clear what had been the truth all along:
the part that God the Son played in Creation.
Colossians 1:14-17 indicate that the Savior,
Jesus Christ, is from eternity God
the Son, who created all things for His glory, and
holds them all in control by His will. This perfectly coordinates with
John 1:1-3, where it states that the Word was God.
Verse 14 says:
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us...", thus it
is clearly Jesus Christ. Back in verse 3, it tells us:
were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was
Genesis 1:26 states:
"And God said, Let us make man in our
image, after our likeness...".
The Trinity is shown in the
creation of all things. The name Elohim is the word
translated "God" in Genesis 1:1, and is a plural
form in Hebrew ("im" being in Hebrew a
Jesus Christ was present at
Creation with the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2) and God the
Father, creating the heaven and the earth and all that is in them.
All comprise the one triune God.
The Trinity is not easy to understand, yet the Scriptures clearly and
consistently demonstrate the existence of the three co-eternal as the one true God.
Our lord Jesus said: "I and the Father are one." and
who has seen me has seen the Father." Isaiah 9:6
states that the
child's name that was to be born, who is obviously Jesus Christ, was
to be called, amongst
other names, "The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father."
rise or fall on their accuracy in representing the truth of the Holy Scriptures.
Creed correctly acknowledges
"God, the Father Almighty" as
the "Maker of all things visible and invisible."
correctly acknowledges the role played in the Creation of the
Jesus Christ...by whom
all things were made..."
"But to us there is but one God, the
Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by
whom are all things, and we by him." -I
- wiki.answers.com: "In the Bible John 1" (First section written by John
Welsh. Addendum section written by "Frank1983".
Edited by Monk Preston, with comments and Scriptures added.)
Collins: "The Nicene Creed"
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