I can answer general questions about the teachings of the Orthodox Church and Orthodox monasticism, particularly differences from Protestants and Catholics.
Orthodox Christian convert from Protestantism over 30 years ago.
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese
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1 year seminary training. 30 years research.
I enjoy helping people become more aware of the vast treasure of the ancient Christian Faith that has been safeguarded by the Holy Orthodox Church for over 2000 years.
Orthodox comes from the Greek: Ortho Doxa, which has several meanings: Right Glory, True Praise, Correct Doctrine. The Orthodox Church teaches that it has correctly preserved the Apostolic Witness from the time of our Lord's Incarnation th until the present day.
Our Lord, God, and Savior, Christ Jesus, did not give us a book. He gave us the Church, the continuing worshipping community of believers. It is in the Church and through the Church that the compendium of writings that we call the Bible was created.
Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism have very different ideas about the meaning of "original sin", so we also have very different ideas about what baptism actually accomplishes. The Romans believe that
The pain of the sickness of sin is described in Holy Scripture as being like thrown into a lake of fire. It is intense and you can't get away from it. Imagine suddenly being with someone whom you have
The Orthodox Church takes a bit of a different view when it comes to sin. We see sin as a sickness to be healed, not a crime to be punished. We are suffering from the sickness of sin, even unto death
In the opinion of St. John of Damascus, who lived among the Moslems as a high-ranking slave, Islam is a Christian heresy. I understand where St. John was coming from, but I'm not sure that I agree that
Christ is Risen! Please do note that in my response I said "it might be said ..." I did not mean that the Church would be removed, in fact, that would be in direct contradiction to what Christ Himself