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Narthax

A passage between the main entrance and the nave of a church that is enclosed

Nation

A distinctive culture plus time with complex and extensive traditions that are passed on through multi-generations.


Nativity

Represents the birth of Jesus Christ in human being form

Natural Life

The carnal life of nature that all human beings live

Nature Worship

The deitification of the things of nature leading to the worship of a false god


Nave

Extends from the main entrance or narthex to the chancel (area which surrounds the altar) of a church with aisles normally used by only the congregation

Nestorianism

Christian doctrine that declares Jesus Christ exists as two persons, as man and the divine Son of God (Logos), rather than combined as a unified person. This view of Christ was condemned at the Council of Ephesus in 431, which led to the Nestorian schism, separating the Assyrian Church of the East from the Byzantine Church.

Nicene Creed

Ecumenical Christian statement of faith accepted by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and major Protestant churches. The Nicene Creed was drafted at the Council of Nicaea in the 4th century AD in an attempt to unify the Christian church under Emperor Constantine (See Arius)

The Nicene Creed (International Consultation on English Texts translation
as printed in: The Lutheran Book of Worship, The Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal))

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.