How old is the Orthodox Christian faith?

by 1389 on January 4, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), icons, Orthodox Christianity

I am the vine, ye are the branches
“I am the vine, ye are the branches” – from OrthodoxPhotos.com

How old is the orthodox faith?

If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex-monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517.

If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to re-marry.

If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded by John Knox in Scotland in the year 1560.

If you are a Congregationalist, your religion was originated by Robert Brown in Holland in 1582.

If you are Protestant Episcopalian, your religion was an offshoot of the Church of England, founded by Samuel Senbury in the American colonies in the 17th century.

If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1606.

If you are of the Dutch Reformed Church, you recognize Michelis Jones as founder because he originated your religion in New York in 1628.

If you are a Methodist, your religion was founded by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1774.

If you are a Mormon (Latter Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, New York, in 1829.

If you worship with the Salvation Army, your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.

If you are Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year in which your religion was born and to Mary Baker Eddy as its founder.

If you belong to one of the religious organizations known as “Church of the Nazarene, Pentecostal Gospel,” “Holiness Church,” or “Jehovah’s Witnesses,” your religion is one of the hundreds of new sects founded by men within the past hundred years.

If you are Roman Catholic, your church shared the same rich apostolic and doctrinal heritage as the Orthodox Church for the first thousand years of its history, since during the first millennium they were one and the same Church. Lamentably, in 1054, the Pope of Rome broke away from the other four Apostolic Patriarchates (which include Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem), by tampering with the Original Creed of the Church, and considering himself to be infallible. Thus your church is 1,000 years old.

If you are Orthodox Christian, your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It has not changed since that time. Our church is now almost 2,000 years old. And it is for this reason, that Orthodoxy, the Church of the Apostles and the Fathers is considered the true “one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.” This is the greatest legacy that we can pass on to the young people of the new millennium.

by Rev. Dr. Miltiades Efthimiou

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 PeterC January 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I’m sure that’s very nice. I’m Jewish.

2 1389 January 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

@ PeterC,

Blog admins 1389 and CzechRebel are Orthodox Christians. Some of our regular contributors and colleagues are Jewish. 1389 Blog wholeheartedly supports the rights of Israel, Judaism, and the Jewish people.

3 Hans January 6, 2014 at 9:46 am

A very enlightening thread, indeed! Thank you.

4 Uncle Vladdi January 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm

It’s not going to get much older if tools like this one keep being consecrated as priests:

From: http://sheikyermami.com/more-about-the-wall-at-st-james/

In January 2011, Awad and his Holy Land Trust hosted Atallah Hanna, a Greek Orthodox Archbishop. Awaddescribed Hanna as “inspiring.” According to Christianity Today, Atallah Hanna has expressed support for suicide bombings:

“As you know, political parties in Palestine agree to the continuation of the intifada, which includes different approaches of struggle. Some freedom fighters adopt martyrdom or suicide bombing, while others opt for other measures. But all these struggles serve the continued intifada for freedom. Therefore, we support all these causes.

[…]

We are part of the intifada, so you don’t expect us to keep distance and watch. We are in the struggle, whether it’s martyrdom or any other means, we are part of it.”

Furthermore, both Sami Awad and Atallah Hanna have voiced their support for Raed Saleh, an Islamist preacher who has claimed that 4,000 Jews skipped work at the World Trade Centre on 9/11, that those who killed the “Martyr, Sheikh Osama Bin Laden” had “sold their consciences to Satan,” and that the honor killings of girls is acceptable.

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