Are the confessions of the Apostle’s Creed and the word daegae, a Korean modifying word denoting feelings like usually, generally, or for the most part, in the Lord’s Prayer based on the Bible?
If they are not based on the Bible, who wrote them and why, and why do churches use them in their prayers?
Should someone who denies the Apostle’s Creed be considered to be heretical?
Jesus said that when he leaves, night will come (Jn 9:4-5; 1 Thes 5:1-8). What does night refer to? Let us know and believe. Everyone will be judged by Jesus’ law that gives freedom.
● Words of Warning that Believers Must Keep (Prv 1:1)
1. Jn 10:35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came–and the Scripture cannot be broken–
2. Jn 12:48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.
3. Gal 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
4. Rv 22:18-19 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
5. Rv 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
6. Dn 7:25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Daegae (A Korean modifying word denoting feelings like usually, generally, or for the most part.) for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell, the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church (Korean version: holy public council, Sanhedrin), the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer was taught by Jesus and recorded in Matthew 6:9-13. However, the Apostle’s Creed is not recorded in any chapter or verse in the Bible
Although the word daegae does not exist in the Lord’s Prayer, every Korean denomination has recited it with the word daegae in it during every church service. After the Shincheonji Church of Jesus presented a refutation against the use of the word daegae in the Lord’s Prayer, many churches now recite it without that term. But some churches still recite it the previous way. Adding the word daegae seems like a work of deception, but has not revealed that it changed Jesus’ words (Dn 7:25).
Who added the word daegae into the Lord’s Prayer, and for what reason? Why was the false word added to the prayer? Who should take responsibility for this action? It is unlawful to add things and it is like sowing weeds among the wheat (Mt 13:25). Let us examine whether the Apostle’s Creed, which has been memorized and recited by believers of each denomination during church services, is truly based on the Bible or not.
It is understood that the Apostle’s Creed is following the confession of faith of the apostles. With the Bible as the standard, let us find out if the apostles really confessed their faith as stated in the Apostle’s Creed. If the Apostle’s Creed is truly the confessions of the apostles, then it must be in accordance with the Bible. If it is not, then reciting the Apostle’s Creed is like failing to act according to the six laws (words of warning that believers must keep) listed above. The scripture cannot be broken, nor can one add or take words away from it. Doing things that are not in the Bible (Gal 1:8) or not in accordance with the Bible is unlawful, and it will be called the weeds among the wheat. It is said that anyone who adds to or takes words away from the scripture will not be able to enter into the holy city, the kingdom of heaven, and plagues will be added to them (Rv 22:18-19). A liar is the devil (Jn 8:44). Anyone who adds what is not there is a lying devil and will not be able to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Deuteronomy 4:2 also tells us to obey God’s commands without adding to or subtracting from them. One who says, “I believe in God, I love God,” but does not keep his commands is not a true believer. If the Apostle’s Creed is truly a confession of the faith of the apostles, then it must be in accordance with the Bible.
● Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was Crucified, Died, and was Buried
Did Jesus really suffer under Pontius Pilate and get crucified and buried? Let us listen to the apostles’ testimonies.
If we look at Peter’s testimony in Acts 2:22-23, he said that the Israelites, with the help of wicked men, put Jesus to death by nailing him to the cross. Also, in Acts 4:8-10, he said that the rulers and the elders of the people (religious leaders) crucified Jesus. In Acts 7:52, Stephen said that your ancestors “even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him.”
The Apostle’s Creed, which is supposed to be the apostles’ confessions of faith, states that Pilate killed Jesus. Is this consistent with the testimonies of the apostles? Even though one reads the entire New Testament, there is nothing like the content that is similar to the Apostle’s Creed. If you look at Matthew 16:21, Jesus predicted that he would suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed. Are we going to believe in the scriptures regarding what Jesus and his disciples had said? Or are we going to believe in the Apostles’ Creed, which was written as a disguise so that the Jews and the rulers could avoid being blamed for their sins?
Next, let’s take a look at what John heard and testified about what Pilate said in John 19:6. Pilate said that he found no basis for a charge against Jesus, and he made an effort to release him. At this moment, the Jews shouted out and said to crucify Jesus. Who really killed Jesus?
In Luke 23, Pilate tolerated Jesus for calling himself king and said three times that he found no basis for a charge against him. Also, in Matthew 27:24-25, Pilate declared Jesus’ innocence, took water, washed his hands, and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood and it is your responsibility.” The Jews responded that Jesus’ blood is on them and their descendants. As can be seen from above, how can it be said that Pilate was the one who killed Jesus? From John 11:47 and onward, it talks of how the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin, plotted to take the life of Jesus, and gave orders to arrest him once he was found because they feared everyone would believe in him if they let him go on doing what he was doing.
Today, as it was in the past, if someone does not have the revealed word, but only teaches men’s teachings, would they let their congregation members go and learn the revelation of heaven, the truth? Wouldn’t they persecute instead? Although someone may claim to believe in Jesus, but does not know Jesus, who is the Word, they will not be able to welcome the Counselor, the Spirit of truth, who comes in the name of Jesus (Mt 23:39; Jn 14:16-17, 26). As in the time of the First Coming, the leaders will prevent people from going to the Counselor (Mt 23:13). The group that God is with became the group that received persecution from the evil ones, and the group that the devil was with became the group that persecuted as was written in the Bible (Mt 5:10-12; 7:1-2).
Whether it is the First or the Second Coming, the situation is the same. What did the top religious leaders at that time discuss with the elders early in the morning? In Matthew 27:1-2, it says the chief priests and the elders of the people met early and discussed killing Jesus. In 1 Thessalonians 2:15-16, it is written that “the Jews killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.” As mentioned above, we examined whether the Apostle’s Creed is truly based on the Bible. Who really killed Jesus? Was it Pilate? According to the Bible, it was not Pilate, but the Jewish chief priests and elders. The Apostle’s Creed says, “…suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified, and died,” but this was a lie in an attempt by the Jews to put all the blame on Pilate after they killed Jesus (Acts 3:13-15). Whoever admits these to false words is also committing the same sin.
● The Holy Public Council
The Sanhedrin of the Dark Ages killed more than 5,000 Christians. This public council never fulfilled its role as a public council.
Let us find out if this public council did holy work, and understand more about it through the Bible. In Matthew 26:59, it says that the public council that the chief priests attended at that time became a place to find false evidence against Jesus so they could put him to death and a place where false witnesses could be gathered. Are not people gathering today as well to harm those who are proclaiming the revealed truth in justice and righteousness? In Matthew 27:1, it says that all the chief priests, the elders of the people, and the teachers of the law–all of the Sanhedrin–met early one morning, not to pray for God’s kingdom and righteousness, but to discuss how to bind Jesus and hand him over to the governor. Also, Acts 5:12-27 shows that the Sanhedrin was the place which insulted and imprisoned the apostles.
The place Apostle Paul was dragged to was also the Sanhedrin (Acts 22:30). In Acts 23:12 and onward, it says that the members of the public council formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. It could be said that this public council was a group bent on carrying out the devil’s work. This was the devil’s nest that hindered the preaching of the revealed truth, made up lies, and killed people. How can this kind of place be considered as a holy public council?
● Believe in Eternal Life
While people confess to believing in eternal life, if anyone mentions it, they are labeled as a heretic. And they do not believe it. If they don’t believe in eternal life, for whom and to whom are they making this confession of faith? To Satan? Or to the public council? I would like to ask this of the congregation members who believe in God and his Word. To say what Jesus, the apostles, and the Bible did not say or to make up something and add to or take away something from the Bible is the same action as changing the set times or the laws God testified about in Dn 7:25. It is the same action which will be condemned as preaching a gospel other than the ones the disciples preached (Gal 1:8). And it is the action which will receive curses and plagues reserved for those who add to or take words away from the Bible (Revelation 22:18-19). They have ignored the warnings in the Bible and added to and taken away from it. Instead of being stubborn, everyone needs to repent in order to receive salvation.
Now is the time we need to recall the words of Matthew 24, the events of Revelation 6-18, the words which say that all nations are deceived just as it was in the days of Noah and Lot, and the words of warning which say that all nations have been destroyed because of the wine of adultery (the devil’s lies). We must remember that everyone will be judged according to what they have done as recorded in the books (the Bible) (Rv 20:12). Lies come from the devil, and spreading un-truths or lies is sowing the weeds among the wheat, and those who received the lies or un-truths have received the seed of the devil. Thus, they must be born again through the word of truth.
● Conclusion regarding the Apostle’s Creed
As can be seen in Matthew 27, the Jewish chief priests and elders asked Pilate to kill Jesus, but Pilate acknowledged Jesus as a king and announced his innocence three times. The Jews told Pilate that they and their descendants would be held accountable for the cost of the sin of killing Jesus. Pilate then washed his hand in front of the Jews and handed Jesus over to them.
The Apostles’ Creed and the word daegae in the Lord’s Prayer were not spoken by the apostles, yet people have been deceived into thinking that it is the apostles’ confessions of faith. What was made by the corrupted Catholic Jews to put the blame on Pilate in order to avoid the blame of having killed Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 27, was handed down to the Protestants who kept it without having any doubt or worries. Those who believed and confessed to the Apostle’s Creed without knowing this fact have been deceived, and this kind of action is the same sin that the Jews, the chief priests, and the elders at that time committed by crucifying Jesus (Acts 3:13-15). They have not been able to realize it from the Bible and have thus been deceived. Therefore, they must truly repent, be born again, believe what is written in the Bible, and receive salvation.
It was not Pilate who was responsible for killing Jesus, but rather the chief priests, the elders, and the Jews, who met at the public council and discussed killing Jesus. From the very beginning, the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which received the revelation from heaven, has never included the word daegae when reciting the Lord’s Prayer and never recited the Apostle’s Creed. Which do you think Jesus and the Bible will acknowledge as righteous – Shincheonji or the Protestant churches? I believe that congregation members who have discernment and truly believe in the Bible will judge for themselves. The word daegae and the Apostle’s Creed are the words of deception and words that were added to what is in the Bible. So Christians must not confess to or recite this prayer.