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What are creeds and how they came about. Is there a Biblical basis for them and how many creeds are there till date?

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The 3 major creeds that every good Catholic knows about are

  1. The Apostles Creed

  2. The Nicene Creed (aka the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed)

  3. The Athanasian Creed

There are definitely others, but if you want the 3 most oft repeated ones, you can see the rest of them here seems to me that wiki article is lacking a few creeds.

Now, to find their meaning consider whether the following commandments are in the Bible.

  • Did Our Lord want His followers to keep the teaching that He entrusted to them?

If you love me, you will keep my commandments

John 14:15 (NABRE)

  • Did Our Lord want His followers to defend the faith he left with them?

Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope

1 Peter 3:15 (NABRE)

  • Were we instructed to hand down the truths that we were given?

And what you heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will have the ability to teach others as well.

2 Timothy 2:2 (NABRE)

So, that is why there are creeds. So that we may keep the faith, so that we can defend the faith and so that we can pass it down.

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So it is a gist of sort of what we believe. – Seek forgiveness Mar 22 '13 at 4:24
    
@jayyeshu-yes, a confession of our beliefs – SSumner Mar 22 '13 at 17:19
    
Many more creeds are cataloged in Schaff's Creeds of Christendom (vol 1, vol 2) and Creeds of the Evangelical Protestant Churches, all free online at these links. – metal Mar 22 '13 at 19:42

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