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      • The Orthodox consider the ‘Holy tradition’ of the church to be divinely inspired along with the Bible but the Protestants only consider Bible as divinely inspired. The Orthodox Christians consider Mary to be the bearer of god and a virgin. While the Protestants disagree. The belief of salivation differs significantly.
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    What does "Orthodox" Christianity mean to you?

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    Is Eastern Orthodox the real Christianity?

    • The Authority of the Pope: Unlike Catholics, Orthodox Christians reject the authority of the pope as Christ's representative on earth. They see the pope as no greater than nor less than any other bishop (the pope is the bishop of Rome).
    • The Communion of Saints: Eastern Orthodox Christians believe that those who have died in Christ are alive today in heaven and that we can communicate with them through prayer.
    • Christ's Presence in the Eucharist: Orthodox Christians believe that the bread and wine of the Eucharist are literally transformed into the real body and blood of Christ.
    • Role of Mary as the Mother of Jesus: Like Catholics, Eastern Orthodox Christians believe that Mary was deserving of veneration as the mother of Jesus.
    • Where It All Began
    • The Primacy of Honor vs. The Primacy of Authority
    • Divergent Beliefs
    • What Caused The Great Schism?
    • The Question of Marriage

    Until the Great Schism, the only true head of the Church was the Pope. The Papal primacy was believed to have been a direct succession from St. Peter, one of Jesus’ trusted disciples. This primacy often represented the Church’s freedom of Religion in the years before the discordance started to develop within the Church. The complex mix of religious and political discordance among the top brass of the leadership in the Church would reach fever pitch by the year 1054. Top of the list of points of contention was the use of icons in the Church and the use of unleavened bread for communion. The Roman Catholic Church under the Pope was keen on enforcing a status quo in the everyday operations of the Church. On the other hand, another faction led by Patriarch Michael 1 Cerularius had grown tired of the norms and practices within the Church. However, despite the liturgical disputes, the Church had been intact until the Great Schism in 1054. It’s reported that one summer afternoon in the yea...

    One fundamental difference between catholic and orthodox Christians is the place of authority within the church context. At the time of the Great Schism, the Patriarch of Constantinople championed for a primacy of honor in the Church. Ideally, the Roman Catholic Church had adopted a primacy of authority in the handling and management of the Church from the onset. The primacy of authority seemed oppressive and somewhat tyrannical. Perhaps this was so given the absolutism bestowed on the Pope. When the Great Schism commenced, one of the main goals was to re-establish the approach to governance based on honor and collegiality. The rebellion encouraged the idea of Papacy as a position of honor as opposed to that of authority. As such, ever since the Great Schism, there has been a conspicuous difference between the Western Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, specifically in establishing the leadership structure. The primary difference is in the existence of the position of the Pope....

    If you are a staunch Catholic, what you consider fundamental beliefs differs from what mainstream Orthodoxia stands for. The Roman Catholic Church has a single-volume document known as the catechism. The document stipulates four critical elements that make up the catholic belief. The parts include the Apostle’s creed, the sacred liturgy, the life in Christ, and the Christian prayer. The main goal of having the catechism in place is to ensure that the catholic holy traditions remain intact. The Orthodox Church also has the Catechism of St. Philaret. The document in the orthodoxy context is a reformed version of the original Catholic catechism. However, in both faiths, the catechism is important because it guides the journey of faith from childhood to adulthood. The only difference is the contents of the documents and how they affect the absorption and practice of the respective religions. 1. Trinity vs. Triune Both Catholics and orthodox faiths believe in one true God. Understanding...

    Now that we understand the difference between modern Catholics and Orthodox, it’s essential to understand the cause of the Great Schism. Beyond the doctrinal difference, the great Schism also had everything to do with political differences. There had been emerging concerns regarding the morphing of Rome into a robust political base. The authority of the Pope was a specific concern. The rival factions also had religious disagreements regarding the use of unleavened bread for sacrament or communion. The West was in support of Unleavened bread, while the East was opposed to this option. To date, the Canon Law of the Latin Rite of Roman Catholic stipulates the use of unleavened bread for communion.

    Marriage and celibacy were the other main reasons for the split between the West and the East. From the start, the Western block believed in the Nicene Creed and the call for priests to remain celibate. However, Orthodoxia viewed the idea of celibacy as inconsequential. Today, Orthodox priests have the liberty to marry as long as they do so before ordination, not after. Over the years, there has been a conscious move towards easing the extremity that led to the Great Schism. The recent visit by the Pope and the Patriarch Bartholomew 1 that ended in a shared meal further proves this move towards brotherhood. Most Orthodox clergies see no reason for restrictions between Catholics and Orthodox Christians regarding marital ties. Even then, Catholic churches only allow marriage between the Catholic faithful and Orthodox Christians if the resident bishop agrees. In the end, its fascinating that these two factions that initially abided by agreed upon primary canon laws, ended up leading tw...

  2. Nov 06, 2021 · Main Differences Between Orthodox Christianity and Protestant Christianity Orthodox Christianity originated somewhere around the first century, whereas Protestant around the 16th century. Protestants follow the bible as their divine inspiration and the orthodox church holy inspiration of the church along with the bible.

  3. The main differences between Roman Catholics and Catholics are that Roman Catholics form the major Christian group, and Catholics are only a small group of the Christian community, also called as “Greek Orthodox.”. It is believed that when Christianity started, only one church was followed.

  4. The Greek Orthodox are Christians and part of the Church that Christ founded. There is no difference. It’s one and the same. The term “Greek” used to refer to the fact that historically the Orthodox Church was mainly Greek Speaking (at the time of Byzantium, the continuation of the Roman Empire).

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