Doctrine of God

“We believe with the heart and confess with the mouth that there is one only simple and spiritual Being, which we call God; and that He is eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, unchangeable, infinite, almighty, perfectly wise, just, good, and the overflowing fountain of all good” (BC, article 1).

In the unity of the one spiritual Being are three distinct Persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit [Genesis 1:26-27; Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14]. “The Father is the cause, origin, and beginning of all things visible and invisible; the Son is the Word, Wisdom, and Image of the Father; the Holy Spirit is the eternal Power and Might, proceeding from the Father and the Son” (BC, article 8). “The Father is called our Creator, by His power; the Son is our Savior and Redeemer, by His blood; the Holy Spirit is our Sanctifier, by His dwelling in our hearts….This doctrine of the Trinity has always been affirmed and maintained by the true Church since the time of the apostles to this very day”  (BC, article 9).

“We believe that the Father by the Word, that is, by His Son, has created out of nothing the heaven, the earth, and all creatures,” in six days [Genesis 1; Exodus 20:11; John 1:1-3]. “He also still upholds and governs them by His eternal providence and infinite power for the service of mankind, to the end that man may serve his God” (BC, article 12). “He rules and governs them according to His holy will, so that nothing happens in this world without His appointment; nevertheless, God is neither the Author of nor can be charged with the sins which are committed. For His power and goodness are so great and incomprehensible that He orders and executes His work in the most excellent and just manner, even when devils and wicked men act unjustly.” Therefore, not even “a sparrow can fall to the ground without the will of our Father (Matt. 10:29-30), in whom we do entirely trust; being persuaded that He so restrains the devil and all our enemies that without His will and permission they cannot hurt us. And therefore we reject that damnable error of the Epicureans, who say that God regards nothing but leaves all things to chance” (BC, article 13).

We also reject all theories of origins or development that involve evolution.