STATEMENT OF FAITH

LMBM INC. STATEMENT OF FAITH

Our organization was founded on the Tradition of the Catholic Church and scriptural teachings of Jesus Christ that celebrate commonalities with our Christian brothers and sisters.

We adhere to the following statements of faith highlighted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the beliefs proclaimed in the Nicene Creed.

God

We believe that God is the almighty Principle and Creator of all that exists. God not only has created all things, but also, at each instant, holds all things in existence. Everything in the created world depends utterly upon the free choice of God for its existence. We believe that the existence of God is something which is knowable from natural reason and science: God’s existence can be proven. (CCC 31-35)

We believe that this same God who freely created all things has revealed in history His particular love for human beings. God has revealed Himself in a variety of ways throughout human history. He has revealed certain truths about Himself, about His love for the created world, particularly human beings, and about His providential plan. (CCC 50-53)

The Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

One of the things which we believe that God has revealed about Himself is that He exists as a Trinity of three divine Persons. This is NOT to say that there are three distinct gods or that there are merely three modes according to which the same god reveals himself. Rather, we believe that the same God exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit: three Persons all of whom are identical to the same, numerically singular divine nature. All three Persons are fully and equally God. (CCC 253-256)

This is one of the central Mysteries of our faith. God’s nature so profoundly transcends our own, that we are not fully able to comprehend Him. Therefore, we do not comprehensively grasp what exactly it means for God to be three Persons in one nature. However, we believe that it is so because God has revealed it.

Jesus Christ

In the “fullness of time” we believe that the Son: the second Person of the Blessed Trinity assumed the nature of a human being and walked the earth as the Person Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is thus fully human and fully divine. Whereas the Trinity may be described as three Persons in one nature, Jesus Christ may be described as one Person with two natures: human and divine. (CCC 464-469)

Jesus Christ is a real, historical Person who walked the earth nearly 2000 years ago and died upon the Cross. We believe that Jesus Christ is truly the God of the universe and that He willed to assume a human nature in order to redeem and save us.

The Incarnation, or the act of God’s taking on a human nature and “becoming man” in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the second central Mystery of our faith. Though we may not fully comprehend how it is that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, we believe that Jesus is telling the truth when He tells us that it is so. (CCC 470)

Resurrection

We believe that after three days in the tomb, Jesus Christ rose from the dead and walked the earth again. While God cannot die, Jesus did truly die in His human nature – His Body did truly separate from His Soul – but that He rose again from the dead after three days. (CCC 627)

The Resurrection is the definitive proof of Jesus’ divinity: it is because He rose from the dead that we believe Him when He claims to be God. Because He is God, we believe everything else He has said to be trustworthy as well, including His claim that we too shall rise from the dead at the end of time. Jesus’ Resurrection sets the stage for our own resurrection. (CCC 988-1004)

The Bible

The Bible (also called Sacred Scripture) is a collection of ancient texts compiled by the early Church which we believe to be divinely inspired. While the individual books of the Bible were written over the course of many centuries, because they are authored by God who is not bound by time or place, they do very much cohere as one book which we call the Bible. (CCC 128-130)

The Creed

The Creed is the most concise form of our belief as Catholics. From the time of the Apostles, members of the Church have handed on the faith in these concise formulae. The two principle forms of the Creed are The Apostles’ Creed, which is so called because it is a summary of the faith of the first Apostles, and the Nicene Creed. (CCC 185-197)

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.