This morning I came to work rather ponderous, but not pondering anything in particular. I so enjoyed Elder Holland's talk this last Sunday that I went and downloaded it
, watched it, and did about 4 hours of research into the Nicene Creed
, which Elder Holland mentioned.
First, I must say, hearing Elder Holland's talk was... uhhh.... amazing. On many different levels.
A few thoughts on why I think it was amazing:
- I don't think in the history of general conference, has there been given a talk which states so bluntly our accuracy, and others' inaccuracy. (might be totally wrong about this, since GC has been going on long before I was born)
- I don't think in the history of general conference has there been a talk which has been aimed at Christians.
- The talk will most certainly get lots of backlash from the Chrisitan community.
Anyway.... While I was watching the video, I stopped it intermittently and researched what Elder Holland was saying, from a Christian standpoint.
I went to various websites authored by Christian pastors and read everything that 4 hours would let me read about the nicene creed.
Evidently, the nicene creed has as many variations as there are Christian sects. Even Catholics subscribe to the nicene creed's statements.
It also seems that the nicene creed was created around the same time that people were putting together what is now the canon of the New Testament.
The claims Elder Holland remarked as being in the nicene creed are indeed in the nicene creed, one version or another - although not all are blatantly obvious in the very first version, written in the year 325 AD - there are references to all claims when searching among all versions of the creed.
That's about it for now. I love studying out and finding truth. It really makes me feel good, especially since one can't really rely on any sort of journalism now-a-days to provide unbiased and unspun truth.