In this short abstract, we have
tried to provide very basic information about existing Christian denominations
and other religions. The most honorable of all religions, most high spirited is
Christianity with its teaching about One God and worship of the Holy Trinity
who created the universe and looks after its people; about the Son of God, who
came into this world to save people from their sins, about eternal life and
about love for all, including one’s enemies.
Unfortunately, in the middle of the 11th Century the Roman Catholic Church
fell away from the One Christian Church. The reason was due to the desire of
the bishop of Rome to be head of the church with his infallibility. As time
went by the Roman Catholic Church added more of its own dogmas (Filioque,
purgatory, etc…) and therefore moved away further from pure Christian teaching.
Misuse of indulgences and a desire for power of the Popes of Rome, created in
Europe Protestant movements, from which contemporary sects, such as Lutheran,
Baptist, Quaker, Mormon, Pentecost, Adventist and others, had begun.
The religious chaos created by these sects brought the foundation for
contemporary cults of all kind, which have clearly non-Christian bases. The
appearance of a multitude of pseudo-prophets before the end of the world, of
which the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostle were foretold. (See our pamphlet
"The Teaching of Holy Scripture about the Church").
A non-biased person, by acquainting himself with the history of Christianity
has to come to the conclusion, that only the Orthodox Church has uninterrupted
roots to the Church of the First century. This is the Church that kept pure,
unchanged teaching and has the grace of the Apostolic succession. To His
Church, the Lord commanded not to invent new teachings for the convenience of
world customs, but to save people with Grace and truth. To pass these didactics
to future generations is the main aim of the Church.
Until the Russian Revolution of 1917-18, the Russian Orthodox Church was
part of One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, it had many members and was
strong. However, to the monolith of one Russian Country (Russian Empire) and
its Church was given a big blow by various sects, nihilism, western
revolutionary ideas and finally militaristic atheism. Now is the time to
recuperate and to heal. Orthodoxy teaches us, that life has to be built on the
principal of Christ’s love. "Then all will know that you are my
disciples." In everyday life, the Orthodox Church calls on man to restrain
from sin and live according to God’s commandments and moral perfection.
Our faith in God cannot be abstract, or theoretical, because "faith
without a deed — is dead." We recognize the power of prayers, and they
have a main place in our lives. We have to pray fervently (arduously), to our
Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, to the Most Holy Theotokos and all the saints
who are our helpers and interceders before God. The Church calls us to take
care of our families and our countries, strive to develop our God given ability
and raise ourselves in humbleness, non-acquisition and compassion, forgiveness
for all, and to judge no-one. To strive for eternity.
In its earthly history, the Church of Christ sometimes was large in numbers,
sometimes it decreased in numbers. There was a time when Church enemies were in
glory — thinking, that the Church will totally disappear. However, with the power
of Christ, the Church resurrected from ashes and its enemies disappeared.
Christ promised to His Church, that it will never be conquered until the end of
existence of the universe. We have to remember, that we, being the children of
the Church, are members of a great universal organization. The fact is, that
there is no society or government larger then the Church, because its members
are not only the ones on this earth, but also all venerable and just ones, who
are in the world beyond. Really, the Church in its heavenly-earth membership
grows constantly and is getting stronger. Being in the Church we, like
passengers of a great ship, will not drown in waves of ocean life.
We are strong in our faith in God the Creator, omnipresent, omnipotent, all
knowing, all wise and most merciful Heavenly Father. His will is our law, that
shows us how to live, and how to develop our ability. Our aim — is an eternal
and happy life in the Kingdom of unending Life.