Christianity vs Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christianity

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Place of worship Church, chapel, cathedral, basilica, home bible study, personal dwellings. Church, Chapel, Cathedral, shrine, parish.
Founder Jesus,Peter and Paul Jesus Christ, and His Apostles.
Concept of Deity Believe in the Trinity. Three persons in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Place of origin Jerusalem Palestine, Rome, and Armenia.
Scriptures The Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament. Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts(the Old Testament and the New Testament). Orthodox Bibles have more Books in their Old Testament than Protestant or Catholic Bibles.
Life after death Man is appointed to die once, and then face judgment. Those who believe live on in heaven, while those that rejected God suffer eternity in hell. After the culmination of the events of the Book of Revelation all believers shall be bodily resurrected. Eternal Salvation in Heaven; Eternal Damnation in Hell.
Literal Meaning Christ means "the anointed" or "Messiah". A Christian is a believer in Christ. A believer is also called and known as a saint in Protestant branches. Orthodox: Conforming to approved doctrine. Christian: Follower Of Christ.
Angels Angels are servants of God used as messengers and warriors and guardians of humanity. Angels are God's messengers.
Rites Seven sacraments: Baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, matrimony (Catholic Anglican and Orthodox). other denominations just Baptism and communion. Sacraments(aka 'Mysteries')
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.
Status of Adam Adam was the first man created by God. He fell into temptation and brought sin and death to the human race. Adam was the first man Created By God. He disobeyed God, and sin entered into the world.
Use of statues and pictures Used in Catholicism Orthodox Christianity; statuary is not used in most Protestant denominations. Statues are not worshiped but looked to as a point of focus in prayer and meditation. Icons are widely used in Orthodoxy.
Clergy Priests, Monks, Bishops, Pastors, president. depending on denomination Priests, monks, nuns, Bishops, Patriarchs.
Time of origin Approx. 33 AD. Pentecost.
Birth of Jesus Virgin Birth, through God. Virgin Birth in Bethlehem.
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.
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).
Practices Prayers, 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.
About Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Following the Teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church.
Belief of God One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit Believe in God, as revealed in the Nicene Creed.
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.
Clothes Conservative Christians dress Modestly (women usually put up their hair, dresses below knees, cover up the top, some even cover their head) men wear dress clothes do not show chests legs and arms. although Liberal Christians reject Prohibitions. Encouraged to dress conservatively; Clergy dress in robes.
Means of salvation Through Christ's death and resurrection. Salvation is by grace, through faith. Not by works, lest anyone should boast. Through the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and through the Sacraments(or Mysteries).
Geographical predominance Christianity exists strongly worldwide while it is concentrated in Europe, the Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Eastern Europe, Middle East, Far East, and North America.
Holy days/Official Holidays Christmas (birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus), Sunday (day of rest), Easter (resurrection of Jesus). Sunday(The Lord's Day), Advent, Christmas and New Years, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, Saints' Feast Days.
Status of women Can become nuns in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and may be priests in Protestant churches. The Bible states that men and women have different roles but are not inferior. Women are equal to men in modern times. Women may become nuns.
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.
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.
Identity of Jesus Son of the Living God and Saviour of the world. Second person of the Trinity. Jesus is the Logos, or eternal Word. He is the Son in the Holy Trinity Who Descended into time to become the man Christ, Jesus. He is both fully God and fully man.
Marriage Marriage is between one man and one woman. Jesus affirms this in Mathew 19:3-9 ‘...Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’. Monogamistic:. "and two shall become one." One man and one woman are united under God in the holy sacrament of Matrimony. In Heaven, marriage does not exist, except for Marriage between God and the soul.
Death of Jesus Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Will return. Death by Crucifixion.
Offshoot religions Rastafarianism,Universalism, and Deism, and Masonry. N/A.
Principle God created man. Man sinned and fell under its curse. God redeems sinful man through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Those that He redeems, He regenerates them and they become "born-again". Because our first parents sinned, all human beings sin. So Christ Came down from Heaven to Save us all from our sins.
Resurrection of Jesus Affirmed Affirmed
Geographical distribution and predominance Europe, North & South America, Australia & New Zealand. Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East. Many are in North America too.
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.
Second coming of Jesus Affirmed, No one knows the date of return not even Jesus, only the Father. Affirmed
Ressurection of Jesus affirmed Affirmed.
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.
Day of worship Worship should be daily. Many Christians attend church on Sundays. only sundays is considered mandatory. Sunday(the Lord's Day).
Three Jewels Faith, Hope and Charity Christ, Grace and Virtue
Legislation Varies through denomination. The the particular Church diocese.
Holy days Sunday, Christmas, Holy Week & Easter, Pentecost, Saints' Feast Days Sunday(The Lord's Day), Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter, New Year, Pentecost, Saints' Feast Days
Use of statues Permitted in Catholic & Orthodox Churches, Icons are used.
View of other Dharmic religions N/A. Views all non-Abrahamic religions as pagan in worship.
Virtue in which religion is based upon Love, Repentance of sins. Love.
Concept of God Eternal, uncreated, triune, Single and unique, Creator of life and the universe, righteous, just, merciful. All-knowing, everywhere present. One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Belief of God One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One True God in 3 Divine Persons: The Father, the Son(the Lord Jesus), and the Holy Spirit.
Original Languages Aramaic, Latin, and Greek Aramaic, Greek, and Armenian.
Original Language Aramaic, Greek, and Latin Aramaic, Greek, and Armenian.
Place and Time of origin Approx. 33 AD. Pentecost.

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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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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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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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March 24, 2011, 3:53pm

hi i am a christian young man...n i am trying to seek help on whether i should continue dating a catholic woman..i love her to death n the only thing that is slowing us down is our religion, some how i feel i should continue just bcause we connect like that...but then again it gets to me will i become a catholic too...or should i stay christian...i mean i do love her n this is the point where i make a decision...she wants me to follow her way...but then again what about my way...should i have a saying in this...or just go along with...i am just confuse on whether we should go forth in our relationship...cause in the end i want to live my life as a holy man n a follower of jesus christ....

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November 22, 2010, 11:46am

Love God and your neighbor as yourself is a process requiring a person to know himself, to know why he re-enacts, recreates his life in patterns wasting energy, separating himself from his true nature and from God. Gospel of Thomas says if you know what is inside you it can help you; if you don't know what is inside you it can kill you. Christ came to the earth, sacrificed from deity to mankind, in order to lead us, instruct us to the truth. When mankind murdered Christ, God through Christ sent the Holy Spirit to counsel us, and to send us to teachers, counselors, physicians of the soul to teach us the non violent kingdom of God is Gtotally separate from the vilolent kindom of man. Whenever the spoken or written word deviates from that principle, whenever it separates us from the non violent God it's not from the Holy Spirit; when it connects to God, moves to make us whole it is of the Holy Spirit.

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October 9, 2011, 8:54pm

Just convert to catholocism. It will be a lot easier on you.

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