We are the Christian church of the Eastern empire. In other words we are not European christianity.
We differ from the Latins in that we reject papal supremacy.
We reject anullments of marriages as an 8th century Frankish innovation. We instead recognize divorce and remarriage only as a condescension and even then no more than two and only if the couple is of child bearing age.
We believe in the Trinity as the Nicene Creed explains. That is God the Father is unbegotten and from his hypostasis alone is the Son begotten and the Holy Spirit proceeds eternally from the hypostasis of the Father. Rome does not teach that the Father is the sole originate of the Trinity.
We believe the Ever-Virgin Mary is Theotokos but died a natural death as we do. So there is no Immaculate Conception dogma in Orthodoxy nor do we attempt to dogmatically define a point in time of when she was purified.
We have a more rigid fasting practices. We baptize usually in triple immersion and are chrismated and communed right away.
As far as protestants, our differences:
We reject Sola scripture. Scripture, the sacraments, the liturgy, prayers, hymns, icons dogmas of ecumenical councils constitute the Apostolic Traditions and compromise the entire faith, with this also required proper praxis and phronema.
We believe in the communion of Saints.
We reject all protestant ecclesiology, whether branch theory, invisible earthly church or whatever else they will think of next. The Orthodox Church is the Church of the Father's and is the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church,full stop. When Christ was crucified not a bone of his was,broken. That means there are no sects, branches, fractures in the body of Christ. There are no left and right lungs of the church. There are is no such thing as "heterodox families" of Churches and there is no World council of churches. This means we reject the European innovation of ecumenism.
We reject the ordination of females into the sacerdotal order of the priesthood. And view it as a modernist western heresy.
We believe in the real presense in the Eucharist. Calvinists who reject this are Nestorians who divide the one Christ into 2 hypostasis, and refuse to recognise the body of Christ as His.
Edited by Kosta, 22 December 2015 - 03:36 PM.