I really believe all of us, religious or not, orthodox or not, have so many good and useful things to learn from the Bible and from what the Church teaches us.
The world would be a better place if all of us would not only believed in God but also truly loved Him more than anything.
I therefore take upon myself to write useful information on the subject for all f you out there who are seeking some spirituality, complexity and profoundness in your life. Couse make no mistake, orthodoxy is all that and much more.
What exactly is orthodoxy?
The origin of the word itself is Greek orthos= straight or right and doxa= opinion . So we could say it means the right opinion, but it actually means the true belief.
Orthodoxy is the second largest united Christian group after Catholicism . The Christian church is based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the son of God, who came as a man into the world and send His 12 apostles to preach His words and to baptize in His name.
The 12 apostles were chosen by Jesus to follow Him and help him spread the word of God around the world. They were gifted with the power of healing and taking demons out of people, therefore more and more people started believing that Jesus was truly the son of God, after they saw all the miracles.
The Church was made by His Apostles as well, when He said to them : “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and know, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mattheew 28:19,20).
The apostles were blessed by the Holy Spirit coming down on them and trough their preaching and their miracles, more than 3000 people from Jerusalem who believed in Christ were baptized. This is considered to be the Birthday of the Church.
Afterwards, Christianity spread in a very fast pace alongside Judea and Samaria. Because of great efforts of Apostle Paul and others, churches began to spring up in cities throughout the Roman empire and beyond.
We can read about most of this part of then history in the Book of Acts and Epistles of Paul (from the Bible).
From other early Christian writings, we find out how Apostles Peter and Paul were killed in Rome by Nero in A.D 65, one beheaded and the other crucified. Likewise, all but one of the Apostles died as a martyr (defending their believes in Jesus Christ and God). Apostle John was the one who lived until old, after surviving many attempts on his life. He got exiled on an island where he wrote the last books of the Bible: a Gospel, three Epistles and the Revelation.
The Age of Persecution
Starting with the 12 Apostles and following with many others, Christians were persecuted by the Roman empire because of their believes and because they were thought to be a threat to the empire.
The end of the New Testament Church didn’t come with the death of the Apostles. Once Jesus Christ gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to them, they didn’t fail to fulfill their role. They baptized and preached and healed people and established churches, just as Jesus had told them.
After their death, other faithful men attended to those churches and preaches the same teachings .One of Apostle John disciples, named Ignatius he was thrown to the lions by emperor Trajan, after being made bishop. On the way to Rome he wrote many letters to churches, which still exist today and offer precious insight into the early Church, after the Age of the Apostles
The most important thing to realize here is that in that time of history there was only one Church. All people had the same believes and worshiped God in the same way, the way Jesus Christ had thought them. You couldn’t just get out of the church and go to a different denomination’s church like you can today because there was no such thing!
As time passed by, people began to forget about the truth thought to them by Jesus and that’s how the Church began to split.
Can’t wait to learn more about the christian orthodox religion? Another post coming soon. Until then, share the information with people that might be interested!