Creed of the Masai
I was listening to Jaroslav Pelikan being interviewed on NPR's "Speaking of Faith" today. To listen to the interview, or to check out this great podcast, go here.
In this interview, he refers to a creed written by the Masai people in 1960. He uses it as an excellent example of the bringing together of universal faith with local experience. I found this creed to be both remarkable and moving, and I wanted to pass it on to you all"
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.
This we believe. Amen.