Our Orthodox Christian Faith
Orthodoxy has two meanings. The first is “true teaching.” The Orthodox Church believes that she has maintained and
handed down the Christian faith, free from error and distortion, from the days of the Apostles. The second definition, is
“true praise.” To bless, praise, and glorify God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the fundamental purpose of the
Church. All her activities, even her doctrinal formulations, are directed towards this goal !
Orthodoxy believes that the Christian Faith and the Church are inseparable. It is impossible to know Christ, to share in
the life of the Holy Trinity, or to be considered a Christian, apart from the Church. It is in the Church that the Christian
Faith is proclaimed and maintained. It is through the Church that an individual is nurtured in the Faith ! The Orthodox
Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. It isn't non-
denominational - it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the Faith of the
Orthodoxy is not a religion ! When we say that “Orthodoxy is not a religion in the usual sense of the word”, we are
clearly implying that the term “religion” is not used in the Bible. When we speak of “religion”, we mean an organized,
world-theory system. In other words, we associate it with a group of people who have a specific IDEOLOGY, which
they promote. And it is precisely this element that we reject in Orthodoxy. Because Orthodoxy IS NOT an ideological
system. It IS NOT a philosophy, OR a theoretical fabrication. Orthodoxy is a PRACTICAL psychotherapeutic method.
Furthermore, Orthodoxy IS NOT a man-made fabrication, or an organization by people. It is a God-human institution,
and the Body of Christ.
“In Western Europe, Christianity gradually metamorphosed, into humanism. Over a long period of time and with
perseverance, the Divine-Human has steadily been diminishing. He has been changed, He has been narrowed down
and finally reduced to a mere man: to the “infallible” man in Rome and the equally "infallible" men in London and Berlin.
This is how the Papacy came into being, by stripping Christ of everything, just as Protestantism similarly did, by asking
little of Christ, and quite often, nothing at all.
In the Papacy and in Protestantism, man has replaced the Divine-Human Christ, both as the highest value and the
highest criterion. Painstaking and deplorable changes to the Divine-Human's work and teachings have been
accomplished. The Papacy has steadily and persistently been striving to substitute the Divine Man with a mortal man,
until finally, in its dogma defining the infallibility of (a mere mortal) the pope, the Divine-Human Christ was once and for
all substituted by an ephemeral, "infallible" man; because thanks to this dogma, the pope was decisively and clearly
pronounced as being something superior – not only to all men, but even to the holy Apostles, the holy Fathers, and the
holy Ecumenical Councils.
With this kind of deviation from the Divine-Human Christ, from the ecumenical Church which is the Divine-Human’s
organism, the Papacy outdid even Luther, the founder of Protestantism. Therefore, the first radical protest that was
voiced in the name of humanism but against the Divine-Human Christ and his Divine-Human organism—the
Church—should be sought in the Papacy, not in Lutheranism. The Papacy is in fact the first and the oldest form of
Protestantism” …………. Saint Justin (Popovic)
Our Orthodox faith
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Paraklesis to the Theotokos
The Greek Orthodox Church in Australia has called upon its faithful to sign a petition voicing their opposition to the
introduction of same sex marriage legislation.
His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, issued an Encyclical
emphasising that the Orthodox Church is opposed to the proposed bill, ‘as this will assail the sacredness of Marriage
and the Family, as has been taught to us through the ages by our Holy Faith and by the Fathers of the Church.’
He has called upon Orthodox Christians to, firstly, pray to God and to beseech the Holy Theotokos, especially during
the August Fast for the Dormition of our Lady, to ‘protect the people from such an aberration, and, secondly, ‘to
protest by gathering signatures, requesting the defeat of such legislation.’
Over one hundred parishes and the monasteries in response to the call of His Eminence will be distributing a petition
to the Senate collecting over the next coming weeks.
Read the Archbishop’s Encyclical in full.
Sign the petition online - here
Consequences of redefining marriage
It will impact on freedom of religion :
In countries where marriage has been redefined faith communities have been attacked for continuing to teach: that
marriage is the union between one man and one woman.
It will impact on education :
If civil marriage is redefined to include same sex marriage, then that is what schools are going to have to teach and
affirm to our children.
It will deprive children of a mother or a father :
If the definition of civil marriage is changed to include same sex marriage, this sends the message that it is
acceptable for children to be raised without the presence of a mother or a father.
It's time we have a fair, open debate on the consequences of same sex marriage and how will Australia avoid the
overseas experience with same sex marriage. Until we have the answers, how can we possibly have a vote?
The institution of Marriage and the Orthodox Christian
family is foremost a course of love, secondly a course of
common spirit and common exercise, thirdly a course of
creativity, common creativity and continuation of life, and,
fourthly a common course toward heaven, toward the
heavenly kingdom. It is a calling of God, it is a joining of
diversity that leads to perfection, and, therefore, the
spouses become also joint heirs of the grace of life (1
Peter 3: 7).
His All Holiness
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Our Orthodox view is contrary, not because we have
hostile feelings towards our fellow citizens who think or
decide differently, but because the proposed alteration to
the traditional form of marriage, (between a man and a
woman) is diametrically against the sacredness of
marriage and of the family, as taught by the Christian faith
and Greek Orthodox Tradition.
His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos
Our purpose is not that government legislation should
become a ‘tool’ to impose Christian ethics upon fellow
citizens who do not share our beliefs. This of course
would not be legitimate, given that we respect the free will
of all. Rather, our concern is that the very institution of
marriage, which has a Christian tradition of two entire
millennia, should remain as it is, and not be confused with
the political debate concerning the legal status of same-
sex unions. However, marriage is much more than a legal
convention or social tradition.
Episcopal Assembly of Oceania
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