Russian Orthodoxy

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I clearly remember the first time I stepped into a Christian Bible preaching church. It was actually the first time that I had ever been in any church besides the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, which I only visited once. Growing up as an orphan in Krasnodar, Russia, for the first six years of life did not give me a chance to attend a church. When my adoptive parents brought me to First Baptist Church of Fremont, on November 12, 1999, I was exposed to a true Bible living world. As life moved on for me, I have found myself wondering more than once what my homeland religion really believes. Do they believe that the Bible is inspired? That it is the way God communicates to us the truth that we could not otherwise know? And so my journey began.

The Orthodox Church launched almost two thousand years ago. Orthodoxy has three hundred million people in its fellowship, placing it as the seconded largest religious group in the world. Thomas Hopko says that, “The Orthodoxy Church understands itself to be the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, the true Church of Christ on earth…and claims [that] there is an absolute identity and continuity of this Church from the time of the apostles to the present day.” (Clendenin 29) Christianity itself did not materialize in Russia until the middle of the tenth century. It is closely tied with Constantinople because of its tradition with the sacred pictures, ceremonial and external rights, the rigid adherence to ancient forms, and the strong tincture of Orientalism (Heard 15). The Grand Prince Vladimir of Novgorod (later titled Tsar) had a large impact on the Russian culture. He forced the faith of Orthodox Christianity on his people. On the positive side, he basically brought into Russia as much ci...

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