that the Holy Scriptures differ from all other books in the world in that they
are the Word of God. They were written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Since
they are the Word of God, they contain no errors and are the infallible
On the basis of the Holy Scriptures the sublime article of the Holy Trinity;
that is, we believe that the one true God is the Father and the Son and the Holy
that God has created everything that exists.
that God created man in His own image, pure and holy with free will, and that
sin came into the world by the fall of the first man. Therefore, all men are
born in sin and subject to the wrath of God.
that men are unable, through any efforts of their own, to reconcile themselves
to God and thus conquer death and damnation.
that in the fullness of time the eternal Son of God was made man by assuming,
from the Virgin Mary through the operation of the Holy Spirit, a human nature
like ours, yet without sin. Jesus Christ is therefore "true God and also true
man." The purpose of this miracle's incarnation of the Son of God was that He
might become the Mediator between God and men, both fulfilling the divine Law
and suffering and dying in the place of mankind. Christ has reconciled the whole
sinful world to Himself.
that because of Jesus' death on the cross, God declares a person just or
righteous and forgiven. This happens not because of human effort, but because
the justification won by Jesus is applied to the one who believes in Jesus as
that faith in Jesus is a gift of God, given by the power of the Holy Spirit, so
that all the glory belongs to God.
that God comes to us by means of grace. These are the Word, Holy Baptism and
there is one holy Christian Church on earth, the Head of which is Christ and
which is gathered, preserved and governed by Christ through the
that Jesus will come again to take all believers to Himself. On the final day,
the dead will be raised, and with the living, will be bodily transformed. The
final judgment will take place and unbelievers will go into eternal damnation
and believers into eternal life.
that Christians are called to tell others that the only way of salvation is by
faith in Jesus Christ and to show their faith by their deeds of love towards