I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary;
Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried;
On the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
I believe in
the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
*None of the earliest versions of the Apostles' Creed contain the controversial line "He descended into hell." (Click here for further info.)
*The word "catholic" simply means "universal." It is not to be confused with the Roman Catholic Church. Therefore, all Christians—i.e., those who in repentance Luke 24:47 and faith embrace Christ alone—can freely recite The Apostles' Creed in good conscience.