Monday, January 25, 2016

What Does it Mean to Call Yourself Orthodox?

What Does it Mean to Call Yourself Orthodox?
Most Orthodox Christians boast proudly about being Orthodox,
but many don’t fully understand what it means to be Orthodox. When we look at
the healing of the blind man found in Luke 18.35-43, we can identify three
characteristics that describe what it means to call yourself Orthodox.

A. We must always be aware of our surroundings.
B. We must have a proper understanding of the Holy Scriptures
and the Teachings of the Church
C. Our Faith must be reflected in our life.

Unfortunately many Orthodox Christians are blind to the
opportunities to receive God’s blessings, some even rejecting Holy Communion.
Others allow non-Orthodox Churches to influence their understanding of the Holy
Scriptures, so they cannot recognize God’s grace when they see it. And too many
never allow the way they live to reflect the truth of their Orthodox Christian

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