I am not a Christian. I am an Antiochian Orthodox Christian. I risk offending the majority of my readers with this post but so be it. It is now on my mind so I will write it. I can’t stand it when present day Protestants, at least many I have encountered in life, proclaim “I am Christian. Why do I need a label?” I wonder if people that say that have truly considered those words or if they are being conveniently obtuse in order to prove some holier than thou point of acceptance.
So you say it doesn’t matter what kind of Christian you are as long as you believe in Christ? Do you believe what some of the Jamaican and African mixtures of Catholicism believe then? They worship snakes and believe in some interesting aspects about the dead, but they also worship Jesus and according to you that makes them just as Christian as you are… right? Do you believe in the rigid stature of the Catholic faith or the accepting nature of the reformed Churches in America? Every one of them is different in so many ways, not even mentioning creed or religious order. So if Aliens landed tomorrow, which Scientist now say is possible (isn’t that amazing how we have progressed?) and demanded we send delegations of our religions before their council for acceptable explanation or face extermination for all, you would be ok with ANY Christian being sent? Regardless of Christian denomination, because we established you don’t believe in this? Interesting… I will say I don’t feel the same way.
I am not a Christian. I am an Antiochian Orthodox Christian that has a creed that holds our beliefs. If you don’t follow those beliefs then we aren’t of the same religion, it really is that simple. If you don’t believe in my godhead and the way we view its formation you don’t believe in my God. That is why an Orthodox practitioner cannot take communion, the bread and wine, in a Catholic church and vice versa. In the view of the Orthodox Church the Catholics do not believe in the same Godhead that we do anymore. We believe that the Catholics changed the Godhead when they split from The Church. Orthodox means “the straight path or true way” and that is what we consider our faith. We are taught that our church has kept the original Godhead and that is what makes our religion the correct path and that is how serious we take it. That is why we care when others wish to compare or even coincide themselves with Orthodoxy. It is not being snobbish, the simple truth is that we care about what we believe. Don’t you?
Below is our Nicean Creed in case you care to read it. Since the age of 3 I was brought up as an Orthodox Christian and my father is a Priest. We went to church 7 times a week and that wasn’t even during lent. I don’t go regularly anymore, but that is a story for a different post. I welcome any questions of a direct nature, but if you are interested in the faith feel free to Google for that. -OM
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, True God of True God, Begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man; And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the Prophets; And I believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the Resurrection of the dead, And the Life of the age to come. Amen.