Christianity vs. Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christianity

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Orthodox Christianity

Place of worship Church, chapel, cathedral, basilica, home bible study, personal dwellings. Church, Chapel, Cathedral, shrine, parish.
Goal of religion To love God and obey his commandments while creating a relationship with Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel so that others may also be saved. To gain Eternal Salvation.
Place of origin Roman province of Judea. Palestine, Rome, and Armenia.
Birth of Jesus Virgin Birth, through God. Virgin Birth in Bethlehem.
Rites Seven sacraments: Baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, matrimony (Catholic and Orthodox). Anglicans: Baptism and Eucharist. Other denominations: Baptism and communion. Sacraments(aka 'Mysteries')
Resurrection of Jesus Affirmed Affirmed
About Christianity broadly consists of individuals who believe in the deity Jesus Christ. Its followers, called Christians, often believe Christ is "the Son" of the Holy Trinity and walked the earth as the incarnate form of God ("the Father"). Following the Teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church.
Branches Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant. 2 main branches are: Eastern and Oriental. Both break off into further branches, such as Greek(Eastern), Coptic(Oriental), etc.
View of other Abrahamic religions Judaism is regarded as a True religion but incomplete (without Gospel, and Messiah) Islam is regarded as a false religion, Christianity does not accept the Qur'an as true. Judaism is true revelation, but, with incomplete revelation. Islam and Baha'i are wrong, because they follow men who claim to have been greater than the Christ.
God's role in salvation Humans cannot save themselves or ascend on their own to a higher level. Only God is good and therefore only God is able to save a person. Jesus came down from Heaven to save mankind. Salvation is a completely free gift from the Lord and comes by grace alone through Jesus Christ and partaking in the Sacraments(or Mysteries).
View of Animistic religions Paganism is Heathenism. Witchcraft is communication and interaction with demons, fallen evil angelic beings. These have no real interest ultimately, in helping their worshipers. Demonic possession is common. Pagan.
Practices Prayer, sacraments (some branches), worship in church, reading of the Bible, acts of charity, communion. Baptism: New Birth in the New Covenant with God. Holy Communion: Partaking in the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, under the Form of Bread and Wine. Personal prayer and devotion are also entirely a matter of personal preference.
Promised Holy one. Second Coming of Christ The Lord Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah of Old Testament Prophecy; He Will Come again at the end of time, to Fulfill New Testament Prophecy.
Confessing sins Protestants confess straight to God, Catholic confess mortal sins to a Priest, and venial sins straight to God (Orthodox have similar practice) Anglicans confess to Priests but considered optional. God always forgives sins in Jesus. Confesses to pastors, for absolution and for intercession.
Human Nature Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of sin. By knowing right and wrong Christians choose their actions. Humans are a fallen, broken race in need of salvation and repair by God. All men and women sin, so Christ Died for all our sins.
Original Languages Aramaic, Common (Koine) Greek, Hebrew. Aramaic, Greek, and Armenian.
View of other Dharmic religions N/A Views all non-Abrahamic religions as pagan in worship.
Legislation Varies through denomination. The the particular Church diocese.
Offshoot religions Rastafarianism,Universalism, and Deism, and Masonry. N/A.
Holy Days Christmas (celebration of the birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus), Sunday (day of rest), Easter (resurrection of Jesus), Lent (Catholicism), saints' feast days. Sunday(The Lord's Day), Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter, New Year, Pentecost, Saints' Feast Days
Original Language Aramaic, Greek, and Latin Aramaic, Greek, and Armenian.
Death of Jesus Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Will return. Death by Crucifixion.

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October 10, 2013, 2:29am

This comparison is rife with errors about Orthodox Christianity. No one should rely on it. If you want accurate information on Orthodox Christianity go to or

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March 18, 2014, 4:42am

The Orthodox section is biased and full of inaccuracies. To the compiler: please research first and then try to make objective text. This version is not helpful to anybody who is asking an information about Orthodoxy.

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April 19, 2014, 2:44pm

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I pray that you would please try ancient faith radio or talk to an Orthodox priest to gain a correct understanding of the Orthodox faith. We live in a world where many have never heard of the faith, and pray that your search leads you to a home in the Church.

Glory to God!

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