Orthodox Christianity – Introduction and Basic Elements
Since the beginning of the time, people were expressing desire and need to be saved and rescued from inevitable things; their personal problems, problems of their loved ones and other people they cared about, such as death, suffering, misery, etc. Not everyone was there to be by them all the time, whenever they needed someone around, so that would probably be the reason why religions started to exist. There are many possible ways to describe and assume things about religion, but we won’t be dealing with that at this moment, for we are to stay focused on this specific topic.
The “specific” topic that we will concentrate on is one of many religions in twenty-first century, and that is Orthodox Christianity. Around 800 Common Era, a lot of people thought worshiping saints was a terrible sin, heresy. In the next two hundred years, wars were taking place in order to bring the liberty back to the Holy Land – Jerusalem. After many, many years, in 1054 C.E. – the major “splitting” of the Church had occurred. On one side, there was Roman Church – Catholics, and on the other side, there was Constantinopolitan Church – Orthodox. Each of those two had their sets of rules and the paths they followed. God(s) Worshiped
Orthodox Christianity belongs to the group of monotheistic religions, which means that theists of this religion believe in existence of one God, the creator of the Universe and the world we know. God is one of three things that make one unity in this religion – the Holy Trinity. Holy Trinity is consisted of three things and those are: Father (The God), Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit (God’s messenger). In scripture (The Bible; Greek word “biblia”) many interesting things about Holy Trinity can be found, such as – the way it acts towards sinners, etc. Son or Jesus Christ (Messiah) was sent to Earth by Father (God), to save human order from their sins and immorality.
Misconceptions about this religion
Many people forget that the point of being religious is following the message that has been stated in the Bible, and not constructing whole life on the Bible, which is clearly outdated, for it has been written more than thousand years ago, and was constantly under some minor changes. I have had a lot of opportunities to meet people who have different religious views and stands, and I can say that 85% of all the people that I had ever talked to – had the next misconception. One group thought Allah was the only true God, second group thought God was a true God, and other group thought Yahweh was the only true God, but what they didn’t realize was that the whole God entity is one thing, same thing. As the religion spread across the world, so did the conception of the God and ways of worship. Allah came from Arabic language and has the meaning of the word “God”, so does Yahweh, which comes from Hebrew language. Also, many people see the Satan as the source of all evil, and never do any research about the history of Satan/Devil, that goes by the name of Lucifer.
Like every other angel, Lucifer was an angel once and what happened was that he got himself thrown out of the Heaven for trying to take over the throne of God. He wasn’t happy because God gave a choice to humans, whether to believe in Him or not, to regret for their sins or not, unlike Angels, who had no choice, and had to obey God. Another theory for Lucifer being thrown out of heaven is because he made Eve take the apple from the tree of knowledge. Lucifer is also known as the “Morning Star”, because of his name (Lux, Lucis – in Latin) which has the meaning of “Light”. Light brings new things to learn and new opportunities, and Lucifer brought “enlightenment” to Adam and Eve, about being naked. Sacred Writings
Misconceptions are only one of many things you can find in the Bible. As I mentioned a couple of times above, the Sacred Writing for Orthodox Christianity...
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