The core of our beliefs are summarized in three important documents: (1) The Canon of Faith (AKA The Apostles' Creed), (2) The Seven Articles of Isaric Orthodoxy, and (3) Ha Purshana Sharira (The True Distinction). The texts of the first two are provided below, the former in Aramaic and English, and the latter in English only. Both are numbered according to the traditional Hebrew and Aramaic alphabetic numbering system.
The Canon of Faith
(ḁ) “Bàḁhèymìn va χàd Èlaha, ha Àba Xàylþana va čola, ha Baroya di-šmàya we di àrˀa;
“I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth;
(b) We va Yèšuàˀ ha Màšiχa, Bàro Iχida, Maràn,
And in Yeshua the Messiah, His only Son, our Lord.
(g) Àšèr bàṭin hwa mìn ha Ruχa di Qudša, we yàlid mìn Màryàm ha-Bþulþa.
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Maryam.
(d) Xəšàš þàχiþ Pònṭius Pilaṭus; we càlib hwa, we miþ, we qàbir.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate; and was crucified, and dead, and buried.
(h) Nəχàþ li Šiol; we ha yàwma þàliþaya, dənàχ mìn bàyþ-miþëya'l.
He descended to Sheol; and the third day he rose from the dead.
(w) Slàq li-šmàya; we yòþèb hu be ha ḁida yàmina di Èlaha ha Àba Šàddaya.
He ascended to heaven, and is sitting at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
(z) Mìn þàma þub yeḁþe lìmdan yal ha χaḁyëya we yal ha miþëya.
From there He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
(χ) Bàḁhèymìn va ha Ruχa di Qudša,
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
(ṭ) We va ha Ǧìdþa Qàdišþa Čolanayþa, we va šèwþafuþ-qàdišëya'l,
And in the holy universal Church, and in the communion of saints,
(y) We va ha šubqana di χèṭahëya,
And in the forgiveness of sins,
(yḁ) We va ha qiamþana di ha pàgra,
And in the resurrection of the body,
(yb) We va ha χàyya ǧalminaya. Ameyn.”
And in the life everlasting. Amen.”
The Seven Articles of Isaric Orthodoxy
(ḁ) First, that YHWH is God, and there is none beside Him.
(b) Second, that YHWH is one Divine ousia revealed in three hypostases that are manifest as three prosopa—the Father, in Whom is the very Mind of God, and the Son, in Whom is the Logos of God, and the Holy Spirit, in Whom is the life-giving and sustaining Breath of God. These three together constitute the full and revealed personhood of the One True God; yet, the Father alone, as the beginning of all Divinity and the primal personage of God, is rightful possessor of the title 'God,' whereas the Son and the Holy Spirit are subservient and agentive extensions of the same, that is, personified aspects of God. The Divine hypostases upon which these prosopa stand are coexistent, coessential, coeternal, coinherent, and coequal in divinity (though not in greatness) relative to one another, each unique in manifestation and function; yet all three are of singular being, authority, and purpose; One.
(g) Third, that Yeshua the Messiah is the Only-Begotten Son of God—a created human being at whose innermost part is the Uncreated Logos of God, Who is from the beginning and Who emptied Himself according to the will of the Father, descended from the seventh and highest heaven, and, through the work of the Holy Spirit, entered the womb of the virgin Maryam, binding to Himself the flesh of man, including a perfect and sinless human soul. In Him, therefore, are mystically united the fullness of divinity and humanity in an indissoluble union—the one nature of the person of Yeshua bar-Yosef of Nazareth, which is without mixture or separation, confusion or change. Moreover, through Him are fulfilled, and are yet being fulfilled, the many biblical statutes and prophecies of old pertaining to the offices of Prophet, Priest, and King; accordingly, to Him is the sole right to be called Messiah and Restorer.
(d) Fourth, that man, although made in the image of God, naturally, politically, and morally, is now fallen because of his own sin, being enslaved to the will of the flesh and thus totally depraved from the moment of his conception.
(h) Fifth, that YHWH, through His perfect love and His prevenient grace, allows fallen man a measure of freedom of will and conscience, and, through His Holy Spirit, reaches out to all men without discrimination, convicting them of their sins and testifying concerning Truth. In accordance with His justice and righteousness, God withholds His holy judgment upon the guiltless babes of men, who are not subject to the law until the time of their soul competency and legal accountability, for it is written, "each shall die for his own sin."
(w) Sixth, that YHWH has cut a New and Better Covenant with man through His Son, Yeshua the Messiah, Who freely offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who will receive Him as Lord and Savior. The primary evidence of this is the Holy Bible—Old and New Testaments, being both divinely inspired and divinely authoritative. The sign of the New Covenant is the circumcision of the heart by the Holy Spirit, and its principal ordinances are two—believer’s baptism and the breaking of bread, which is the Eucharist. These ordinances stand as lasting memorials of the saving work of our Lord; they are neither a means of salvation nor a means of grace, but are outward expressions of an inward faith.
(z) Seventh, that faith in Yeshua the Messiah is the sole means of man’s salvation from damnation, which is accomplished by man’s confession and repentance, his yielding to God, and his receiving the Holy Spirit. The result of these is man’s justification, regeneration, and ongoing sanctification through his spiritual respiration, until the death of his physical body, which is the end of his flesh and the fulfillment of his glorification in the third heaven, which is Paradise. There man shall remain until the return of the Lord to the earth, whereupon his soul shall be clothed in new flesh and he shall once more be counted among the living. Then he shall witness the passing away of the old world and the coming of the new; and his days upon the earth shall be without number, free from all sin and sorrow, as it was in the beginning.
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