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The Maasai Creed

It is well-known and often lamented that the ecumenical creeds, like all confessional statements, are preoccupied by the issues that were debated when they were written, rather than merely presenting all the most important things we should believe. Some of the problems with this are pointed out in Tom Wright's How God Became King (where on earth is Jesus's life in all this?), and others become apparent when you talk to a certain type of "progressive" Christian (gay marriage isn't in the creeds, so ha!) But I wasn't aware that anything had ever been done about this - attempting, for instance, to contextualise historic Christian orthodoxy to a thoroughly different culture, in credal form.

Until I came across the Maasai Creed the other day. This is beautiful.

We believe in the one High God, who out of love created the beautiful world and everything good in it. He created Man and wanted Man to be happy in the world. God loves the world and every nation and tribe on the Earth. We have known this High God in darkness, and now we know Him in the light. God promised in the book of His word, the Bible, that He would save the world and all the nations and tribes.

We believe that God made good His promise by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, a man in the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village, who left His home and was always on safari doing good, curing people by the power of God, teaching about God and man, showing the meaning of religion is love. He was rejected by his people, tortured and nailed hands and feet to a cross, and died. He lay buried in the grave, but the hyenas did not touch him, and on the third day, He rose from the grave. He ascended to the skies. He is the Lord.

We believe that all our sins are forgiven through Him. All who have faith in Him must be sorry for their sins, be baptized in the Holy Spirit of God, live the rules of love and share the bread together in love, to announce the Good News to others until Jesus comes again. We are waiting for Him. He is alive. He lives. This we believe. Amen.

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