Below is the Creed of St. Athanasius. I would appreciate knowing where you might depart from it, beyond semantics and/or language.
Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith.
Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
And the Catholic Faith is this:
That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.
The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Ghost uncreate.
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible,and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.
And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal.
As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty.
And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.
And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord.
And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be both God and Lord,
So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion, to say, here be three Gods, or three Lords.
The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.
The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or less than another;
But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.
So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;
God, of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Substance of his Mother, born in the world;
Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting;
Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father, as touching his Manhood.
Who although he be God and Man, yet he is not two, but one Christ;
One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of the Manhood into God;
One altogether, not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person.
For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ;
Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead.
He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies and shall give account for their own works.
And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting, and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.
"Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith."
Well...i definitely depart from that. Catholicism has some Very concerning doctrines which do not fit scripture..though they do fit a multitude of pagan belief systems. Our Savior made salvation a simple concept..."whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life".
I believe that our Creator is reflected in the image of man and therefor what is often thought of as three distinct persons can be summed up much more precisely and correctly by understanding that He is Spirit (the Holy Spirit) and He is flesh (Messiah) and He is a living soul (the Father).
Firstly, there's a difference between the Catholic Faith and Roman Catholicism. I agree that Roman Catholicism has some very troubling doctrines such as the Marian cults within the RC church. Although I worship in a sacramental and liturgical fashion, my core leans more toward Protestantism, which would be sola fide. I also believe sola gratia, sola scriptura, solo Christo and most importantly soli Deo gloria. One of my favorite Bible teachers preaches that "the main things are the plain things and the plain things are the main things".
With all due respect what you are suggesting sounds like a form of Modalism. Again I understand issues with RC and I also understand that much error crept into the church after Constantine. However, modalism was condemned by Tertullian in 216 A.D., well within the time period of the ante-Nicene fathers. All things necessary for salvation is taught in the Scripture, whose canon is exemplified with that in the KJV. One of the reasons I do not except RC teaching on Mary is because there are no canonical sources within Holy Scripture that attest to those doctrines. The sources for such doctrines come from extra-canonical books, more properly known as pseudegraphia, such as the Gospel of Thomas.
There are several ancient texts that are considered pseudegraphia which were not included in the Hebrew canon as well. It's not about being an ancient text, it's about whether or not it is "God-breathed". Not everything that has been written about YHWH or Jesus is God-breathed, even if it was written over 2000 years ago. I trust in the sovereignty of God and that the canon of His scripture, the canon that is broader agreed upon across the spectrum of the Church Universal is what He has given us to guide and direct us and teach us about His Son. And this work has been accomplished by the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that was sent forth by the Father and the Son to lead us into all truth, that same Spirit that was promised to the disciples before His Ascension.
I agree with this... "the main things are the plain things and the plain things are the main things".
I do not hold to modalism as that would state that there are "offices" and He simply takes one to perform a function..but humanity is made like Him, right? He is One Elohim...."our Elohim YHWH is One Elohim" He is omnipresent and Omniscient.
"There are several ancient texts that are considered pseudegraphia which were not included in the Hebrew canon as well. It's not about being an ancient text, it's about whether or not it is "God-breathed". Not everything that has been written about YHWH or Jesus is God-breathed, even if it was written over 2000 years ago. "
I agree....measure everything by His Word.
But you do not believe in the three distinct persons, and like it or not, that is a form of modalism. Scripture clearly teaches that Jesus the Christ (Y'shua the Messiah) empty Himself of His Godhead when he became incarnate. St. Paul discusses this in several of his letters. I believe in the Doctrine of the Incarnation, an event that took place in space and time. I have a whole theory on it that some have referred to as "Gayle's Disneyland Theology".
The One God, the Almighty, became Incarnate as a man, humbling Himself to enter into His creation as a helpless baby. I don't understand because I am a mortal and even in the world to come none of us will understand the operation within the Godhead. It is a mystery to which I surrender myself along with others like the sovereignty of God in all things. I sometimes think that might be the sin and the pride of Satan, that he demanded to know God as He only understands Himself. Since the Almighty entered into His creation in a material fashion there is no way that would not cause a massive shock across the space/time continuum. This sent waves across time in both directions reverberating about the Incarnation, Jesus' life, his passion, crucifixion and most glorious Resurrection. That's why I believe the are various mythos and/or prophecies about an incarnate god on either side of the event. Another aspect is that the further out in time it goes the waves are decreased into ripples, which is why one needs to stay as close to the event as possible. And that's why I look to patristic era Christianity as a more reliable source of authentic Christianity than anything else.
I know that I'm a pain in the a**, but I'm a stickler for orthodox theology and I trust that the Lord has given me a very clear understanding on that matter. Since I still believe that the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit are operative, I also know that I have been given the gift of discernment which at times has been uncanny. Since I also believe in the sovereignty of God, I trust that He allowed me to wander in my spiritual ozone for His own will and purpose.
soli Deo gloria...to God alone be the glory
"The One God, the Almighty, became Incarnate as a man, humbling Himself to enter into His creation as a helpless baby. "
That's something i believe too...