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In answering your question and addressing your concerns, it will be helpful to keep in mind that, as was the case with the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed was written at a time of theological controversy in the church. Written perhaps around 500 A.D., the Athanasian Creed stated scriptural truths to confront the heresy of Arianism. Arianism argued that Jesus Christ was a created being, so therefore he was not equal to the Father and the Holy Spirit. You can see that such a denial of Jesus is a rejection of the Bible’s teaching of the Trinity; with that denial of Jesus, there would no longer be three persons of the Godhead equal in power and majesty and glory. The Athanasian Creed was drafted to combat the error of Arianism and state what Scripture says about the God of the Bible being a triune God and that there is salvation only through Jesus Christ, the God-man. The wording of the Athanasian Creed does not demand that people understand the mysteries of the Trinity and the incarnation of Jesus Christ. The Athanasian Creed does declare that the only saving faith that exists is that which is centered in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity (Matthew 3:16-17; John 14:6; 10:30; Acts 4:12). Because the Creed states scriptural truths, our church body finds agreement with it and uses it—if only sparingly—in our worship services.
The Bible is silent on what happened to the ark of the covenant. A common thought is that the Babylonians destroyed it, along with other temple furnishings and the temple itself, when they invaded Jerusalem in 586 B.C. Some Bible scholars wonder if the ark of the covenant was even extant at that time. Your question is one that the Bible does not answer.
Pastor Timothy J. Winkel
2651 Shettler Road
Muskegon, MI 49444
Telephone: 231 777 3011