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Christianity vs Orthodox Christianity

Christianity vs Orthodox Christianity

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Orthodox Christianity
Place of origin: Jerusalem Palestine, Rome, and Armenia.
Place of worship: Church, Chapel, Cathedral, basilica. Church, Chapel, Cathedral, shrine, parish.
Practices: Prayers, Sacraments, worshipping in Church, reading the Holy Bible. 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.
Founder: Jesus Christ Jesus Christ, and His Apostles.
Clergy: Priests, monks, nuns, ministers, & bishops, and deacons. Pastors and some churches Board of Elders Priests, monks, nuns, Bishops, Patriarchs.
Concept of Deity: Believe in the Trinity. Three persons in one Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Scriptures: Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts (the Old Testament and the New Testament), varies in the old(depending on if its a Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox)Bible, and 27 in 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 Bibles.
Goal of religion: To gain Eternal Salvation in Heaven. To gain Eternal Salvation.
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.
Literal Meaning: Christian: Meaning "Follower of Christ" Orthodox: Conforming to approved doctrine. Christian: Follower Of Christ.
Geographical distribution and predominance: Worldwide. Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East. Many are in North America too.
Branches: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox. 2 main branches are: Eastern and Oriental. Both break off into further branches, such as Greek(Eastern), Coptic(Oriental), etc.
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 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.
Geographical predominance: Christianity has spread worldwide across all six settled continents, predominantly Europe, North, Central, and South America, Australia, and New Zealand Eastern Europe, Middle East, Far East, and North America.
Birth of Jesus: Virgin Birth, though the Father. Virgin Birth in Bethlehem.
Life after death: Man is appointed to die once, and after that come judgment. Those that are redeemed, live on in Heaven, those that rejected God suffer for eternity in Hell. Eternal Salvation in Heaven; Eternal Damnation in Hell.
Angels: Angels are God's messengers. Angels are God's messengers.
About: Following Our Lord Jesus Christ. Following the Teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church.
Status of women: They can become nuns in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and can be priests to Protestant churches. For the most part, women are equal to men in modern-day society. However, the Bible says women are inferior to men in multiple places. Women may become nuns.
Belief of God: God is the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Holy, Just, Loving Creator of the Universe. Believe in God, as revealed in the Nicene Creed.
Use of statues and pictures: Used in Catholic & Orthodox Christianity; Depections are not represented in most Protestant denominations. Icons are widely used in Orthodoxy.
Rites: The Sacraments: Minimum 2; Maximum 7. Sacraments(aka 'Mysteries')
View of Animistic religions: Pagan. Pagan.
View of other Abrahamic religions: According to Christian doctrine, Judaism is a true religion, but with incomplete revelation (incomplete without the Messiah). 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.
Time of origin: Approx. 33 AD. Pentecost.
Definition: Follower of the Christ Approved doctrine.
Promised Holy one.: Christ both the First & Second Comings. 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.
Resurrection of Jesus: Affirmed. Affirmed
Clothes: No Prohibitions Encouraged to dress conservatively; Clergy dress in robes.
God's role in salvation: Salvation is a completely free gift from the Lord and comes by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ only. This faith is demonstrated thorugh accepting his message of selfless compassion and producing good works in keeping with repentance. 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 Abrahamic religions: Judaism is incomplete without the Messiah; Both Islam and Baha'i are wrong to believe in men that are greater than the Messiah Judaism is complete without the Messiah; Both Islam and Baha'i are wrong to believe in men that are greater than the Messiah.
Death of Jesus: Death by Crucifixion, Resurrection, and the Ascent to Heaven Death by Crucifixion.
Belief: Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Believe in Christ Jesus, and received Eternal Salvation from Him and His Church.
Second coming of Jesus: Affirmed, No one knows the date of return not even Jesus, only the Father Affirmed
Concept of God: One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Holy days: Sunday is the Lord's Day, Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas. Sunday(The Lord's Day), Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter, New Year, Pentecost, Saints' Feast Days
Day of worship: Worship should be a continual process in the lives of Christians. Sunday is not the only day Christians can attend Church. Sunday(the Lord's Day).
Prophets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophets_of_Christianity Prophets are people Chosen By the Holy Spirit, to reveal His Message to humanity.
Identity of Jesus: Son of the Living God, and Saviour of the world, and 2nd person of the Godhead. 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.
Three Jewels: Christ, Grace, and Virtue Christ, Grace and Virtue
Place and Time of origin: Jerusalem 33 AD Pentecost.
Marriage: 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. 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.
Means of salvation: Through Christ's Death, and Resurrection. Through the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and through the Sacraments(or Mysteries).
Ressurection of Jesus: Affirmed by all Christians Affirmed.
View of Oriental religions: Pagan. N/A.
Holy days/Official Holidays: Christmas (birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus for our sins), 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.
Human Nature: Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of their sin. All men and women sin, so Christ Died for all our sins.
Offshoot religions: Rastafarianism, Unitarian Universalism, and Deism. N/A.
View of other Dharmic religions: All religions outside of belief in Christ's death and reconstruction for our sins are false. Views all non-Abrahamic religions as pagan in worship.
Original Languages: Aramaic & Greek. Aramaic, Greek, and Armenian.
Confessing sins: Catholic & Orthodox Christians confess their sins to the priest, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Most Protestants do not believe in the Sacrament of Confession. Confesses to pastors, for absolution and for intercession.
Virtue in which religion is based upon: Selfless love. Love.


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