Orthodox faith. What makes it special?
The teachings and covenants of various religious doctrines are paramount compared with those who founded them. This seems to be a matter of course. But the exception to this rule is the Orthodox faith. Why is it the opposite in Orthodoxy? Is the moral teaching of Christianity less important than the personality of Christ himself?
It is well known that for the first decades the Christian Church lived without the New Testament books of the Bible. Only decades later the Gospel was written and spread. The church fully existed and expanded without the books of the New Testament, conquering many countries with good news. Is it any wonder?
If you understand that the most important thing in Christianity is not to be surprised. And the most important thing in Orthodoxy is Jesus Christ Himself. And not only theoretically, but in essence.
The Orthodox faith speaks not so much about morality as about the person of the Savior, about His resurrection and the victory over death. Religious disputes of the first centuries concerned His personality, in which incomprehensibly joined two natures: a perfect Deity and a perfect humanity.
The main event of the Gospel is not the Sermon on the Mount with its moral height, but the resurrection of Christ. He resurrected first, and at the end of the story we all will be resurrected. Now, not a half human existence awaits us — one soul, a personality, but after the general resurrection, a resurrected spiritual body. Only a whole person, having both soul and body, will be able to live fully in eternity, in communion with God.
According toOrthodox faithThis victory over the mortality of the body and the firm expectation of a general resurrection is the main joy of Christians. And at the same time - a stumbling block for all the "natural" pagan cults and philosophical currents that surrounded him.
The Pharisees tried to stone Christ for “blasphemy” when they heard Him reveal the truth about Himself as God to people. He told them the truth. No one could accuse Him of lying. And the miracles that only God could do, only proved the truth of His words.
Towards the end of His earthly ministry, the Savior opened the teaching of the Holy Trinity to people, which the Orthodox faith has been keeping for twenty centuries without distortion.
He promised to create a church on earth. Establish in her the sacrament of communion, that is, the mysterious, ultimate union with Him. Many of those who walked with Him for a long time departed from him in embarrassment.They understood everything literally and could not feel the spiritual meaning of what they heard. Those who love the truth remain.
And Christ after the Resurrection bestowed upon them the Holy Spirit, who made the disciples happy, wise, and holy already here - in this life.
At the divine service, the Orthodox Church thanks God not for moral teaching, but for the Cross sacrifice for our sake and for the granted perspective of eternal life with Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Thus, the Orthodox faith is inseparable from life in Christ, in His Church.