The «Orthodox Church«
Although the «Orthodox» and Catholic Church have many similarities in the teachings, there are also differences between the two. This arises from the fact that it was formerly one church.
The separation between the two churches dates back to 1054. By separating the eastern and western Christian part of the Roman Empire there were the two churches. There is also the question of which of the two was the first. According to one it was the Catholic Church who separated from the Orthodox and according to another explanation is the other way. In any case, originally one church, after a schism continued separately.
The Patriarch of the Western part (Catholic Church) saw himself as the successor of Peter, as the Patriarch of the Eastern saw himself as the spiritual leader of the «New Rome» (so the whole church). The Orthodox and Catholic churches are sister churches, But their faith is very far apart.
If we look at the creed of the Orthodox Church we have a clear picture of the same views and positions of this church. To a large extent, this creed similar to those which are a reformed church adheres.
However, there are positions that are read from a biblical perspective, that are not correct. Here are a few things that stand in the creed of the Orthodox Church.
– «And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the life-giving, Who proceedeth from the Father , who is adored and glorified , together with the Father and the Son, Who has spoken through the prophets. «
The Holy Spirit should not be worshiped. Jesus Himself says that if the Holy Spirit came to Him, He will point to Him. (Joh.16: 14)
-In one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
The Bible urges us not to believe in a church, and the church itself is certainly not sacred.
-I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.
We are forgiven by grace through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus, not by baptism. (Romans 6)
The baptism in the Orthodox Church can only be done by the priest. When absolutely necessary by a layman. This is done by three immersed. In the absence of water, one may be lifted in the air. This happens with children aged 4 to 7 months by the godparents. After the baptism, the baby’s perfect by the mystery of the Myrrh anointing that is sealed with the Holy Spirit.
The Bible teaches us not baptism as a child, Jesus himself was baptized as an adult, a baptism in the air is not found in the Bible. Also a seal with the Holy Spirit of a baby, I can’t find it in the Bible. We receive the Holy Spirit as an colleteral (2 Cor. 5:5)
At the Orthodox Church is the Bible not the inspired Word of God. Not like we as Christians see this. Orthodox see the Bible as an icon in the words of Jesus. As they themselves write:
The Bible is not in itself sufficient to revealed truth to know. Therefore, there is the Sacred Tradition given. Which is a significant proportion from.
Clearly, the female Giver of the Bible is the best placed to explain to others.
The Bible says something different, namely:
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Tim 3:16-17
Thereby God is male so God cannot be a female giver.
The Orthodox Church prays for the deceased. This must be done in several days and several times a year. In the Orthodox Church like the Catholics are so called saints. But here they are called icons. According to the explanation on the website of the Orthodox Church God spoke: Let us make man in our likeness as an icon. This justifies them honoring the icons in the church. However, we read in Genesis God says, » Let us make man in Our image . «He does not speak about icons. He is the only One worthy of our honor, not a man or icon.
According to the Orthodox Church Jesus may be portrayed as an icon because He was a Man on this earth. However, this contradicts the second commandment.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: Ex.20 4-5a
Although the Orthodox Church has a Christian belief, it is clear that much of the doctrine they preach is not biblical.