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This is my belief about God the Father, Jesus Christ and Holy Ghost. It is a statement of my Christian faith, i.e., summary of what I believe. And why I believe, you can navigate this website for details. 

The Apostles' Creed is a statement of the basics of the faith. The Apostles' Creed was not written by the Disciples of Lord Jesus. The name is deemed this as a sum and substance of the early Apostolic teaching which the disciples would have originally held to. Earliest version found is A.D. 215.  The current version is A.D. 542.

The Apostles' Creed 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.[1] The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic [2] church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
Amen.

 

Notes:

1. "Descended into hell" may refer to literally going down into hell to another part called paradise before the Cross but not the pits of hell itself to be subject to the Devil. During his death, Jesus went to paradise (Luke 23:43) and not ascended to his Father (John 20:17). 


2. The word "catholic" refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Did Jesus descend into Hell [1] and raise a great Multitude from Hell on Easter Sunday?

Matthew 27:52-53

"And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many." 

Psalm 16:10 (written around 1440 B.C.):
"For thou will not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer  thine Holy One to see corruption."

When Christians recite the Apostles' Creed they affirm their belief that Jesus descended into hell (Sheol in Hebrew or Hades in Greek ).  Early church fathers, Tertullian, Hippolytus, Origen, among others, regarded the descent literally into Hell.

 

Reports of Saints who rose from the dead with Jesus on Easter

The Ante-Nicene Library is a collection of manuscripts written by important Christians from the time of Jesus Christ to the Council of Nicea (325 AD).  These manuscripts were not included in the Christian Bible, so they are non-canonical.

Within this library are numerous writings about how Jesus descended into Hades while His body lay in the tomb, and that numerous saints (one report 12,000) rose from the dead with Jesus on Easter Sunday. These reportedly remained on earth for the 40 days Jesus remained after having risen and ascended into Heaven with Jesus. There are many reports of these risen saints having been seen in Jerusalem after Easter Sunday.

The Gospel of Nicodemus, Vol 8, Chapter I:

Then Rabbi Addas and Rabbi Finees, and Rabbi Egias, the three men who had come from Galilee, testifying that they had seen Jesus taken up into heaven, rose up in the midst of the multitude of the chiefs of the Jews, and said before the priests and the Levites, who had been called together to the council of the Lord: "When we were coming from Galilee we met at the Jordan a very great multitude of men, fathers who had been some time dead"...And they went, and walked around all the region of the Jordan and of the mountains, and they were coming back without finding them. And, behold, suddenly there appeared coming down from Mount Amalech a very great number, as it were, twelve thousand men, who had risen with the Lord. And though they recognized very many there, they were not able to say anything to them for fear and the angelic vision; and they stood at a distance gazing and hearing them, how they walked along singing praises, and saying; "The Lord has risen again from the dead, as He has said; let us all exult and be glad, since He reins for ever. Then those who had been sent were astonished and fell to the ground for fear, and received the answer from them, that they should see Karinus and Leucius in their own houses. And they rose up and went to their houses, and found them spending their time in prayer.

Concerning the King of Edessa, Vol 8, Page 653:

"He humbled and emptied and abased Himself, and was crucified, and descended to Hades and broke through the enclosure which had never been broken through before, and raised up the dead, and descended alone, and ascended with a great multitude to His Father".

Pilate quotes Ben Isham, a sentry at Christ's Tomb

Below from Acta Pilati (Pilates report to Caesar)..from Archko Volume.  The Archko Volume is a controversial document written by Rev. W. D. Mahan, a Boonville, Missouri minister. 

Christians should keep in mind that only Holy Scripture is deemed to be inspired by God.  See the controversy surrounding the Archko Volume here

See more on the Archko Volume here: http://www.bibleprobe.com/archko.htm

BELOW IS A PORTION ONLY taken from "Acta Pilati", said by Rev Mahan to have been found by him in the Vatican Archives.  Rev. Mahan said it is from a letter by Pontius Pilot to his emperor Tiberius Caesar...

BEGINS WITH:

"To Tiberius Caesar, Emperor of Rome. Noble Sovereign, Greeting: The events of the last few days in my province have been of such a character that I will give the details in full as they occurred,

"He said that about the beginning of the fourth watch they saw a soft and beautiful light over the sepulcher. He at first thought that the women had come to embalm the body of Jesus, as was their custom, but he could not see how they could have gotten through the guards. While these thoughts were passing through his mind, behold, the whole place was lighted up, and there seemed to be crowds of the dead in their grave clothes. All seemed to be shouting and filled with ecstasy, while all around and above was the most beautiful music he had ever heard; and the whole air seemed to be voices praising God."

 

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