Catechism of the Catholic Church

54 Part One C hapter O ne I B elieve in G od the F ather 198 Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, 1 the beginning and the end of everything. The Credo begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works. A rticle 1 “I BELIEVE IN GOD, THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH” Paragraph 1. I Believe in God 199 “I believe in God”: this first affirmation of the Apostles’ Creed is also the most fundamental. The whole Creed speaks of God, and when it also speaks of man and of the world it does so in relation to God. The other articles of the Creed all depend on the first, just as the remaining Commandments make the first explicit. The other articles help us to knowGod better as he revealed himself progressively to men. “The faithful first profess their belief in God.” 2 I. “I B eliev E IN O ne G od ” 200 These are the words with which the Niceno-Constanti­ nopolitan Creed begins. The confession of God’s oneness, which has its roots in the divine revelation of the Old Covenant, is inseparable from the profession of God’s existence and is equally fundamental. God is unique; there is only one God: “The Christian faith confesses that God is one in nature, substance, and essence.” 3 201 To Israel, his chosen, God revealed himself as the only One: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord ; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” 4 Through the prophets, God calls Israel and 1 Cf. Isa 44:6. 2 Roman Catechism, I, 2, 2. 3 Roman Catechism, I. 2, 2. 4 Deut 6:4-5. 2083 2085 2083