The Creed And The Christ -- By: Christopher G. Hazard

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 080:319 (Jul 1923)
Article: The Creed And The Christ
Author: Christopher G. Hazard

The Creed And The Christ

Christopher G. Hazard

It is written that all things were made through that eternal Word who became the Christ of God, and that in Him all things consist, or, in other words, hold together. Thus the universe declares the glory and the complexity of Christ and raises the questions of creation and consistency. We are led to ask what is the true nature of things and how do they consist in Christ, finding creation both a revelation and an enigma. Innumerable patent facts involve underlying and coherent principles and invite philosophy to discover and record them. This is true in two worlds: the world of science and the world of religion.

The two inquiries, what truth is and how truths agree together, originate Christian creeds. A creed is what the mind makes of truth in its endeavor to find and state a complete and harmonious understanding of it. It is the product of a mind that feels that it needs and must formulate a law of thought. It is a statement of belief that results from the constant effort of the mind to discover and relate to each other the basic truths of religion. We organize truth as we do action; our thought as our work. Eagerly as men search for knowledge they strive for system. Comprehensiveness is each thinker’s dream, and coherency his aim.

The mind of our day is not favorable to the creeds of Christendom. There is a good deal of joy in the world over the idea that they are “crumbling.” Theology is now regarded very generally as the product of the theorizings of an unpractical and outgrown age. It has been largely superseded by sociology. The study of the love of God has given place to the study of the love of men. There is a prevailing contempt for revealed truth that is a following of the way of Cain; for it assumes a son-ship to God and a brotherhood of man which do not exist, and which can come to be only by submission to the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. Evolutionary doctrine

can indulge sin and still feel that it is progressing. Not so Scripture doctrine. The difference explains the popularity of the one and the unpopularity of the other. So it is that theology is unfashionable. Thus is the Church tempted to abandon her teaching function. Here is the explanation of the decline and even the degeneration of the religious press. The public weariness of religious creeds has been well expressed by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, in her verse: —

“So many Gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind!
While just the art of being kind
Is all this sad world needs.”

An illustration of this view was furnished in the case of the minister who sought to impress upon his young daugh...

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