So What's the Difference - Eastern Orthodox Church
While not intended to be inclusive, the following chart provides a basic summary for comparison and discussion.
Worldview Eastern Orthodox Church
Authority The Bible, the Word of God Church & Traditions of Church
The only infallible source of truth Patriarchs
View on Bible Only source of truth Church preceded the Bible, and
2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16 provided the Bible, so the Church
Romans 1:16 is the primary authority.
John 1:1-5,14 Apostolic Succession
Core Beliefs 1 Corinthians 15:1-3 Jesus It is the One True Church
was crucified, died, buried Patriarchs speak for God
& rose from the dead. Apostolic Succession
Ephesians 4:4-6 - one Body Theosis - the process of individual
(church composed of all deification.
believers), one Spirit, one
hope of your calling (heaven), Icons - a source of revelation equal
one Lord, one faith, one baptism, to the Bible
one God & Father of us all.
Salvation by Faith in Jesus Alone Works to show your worth and
John 3:16, 14:6 goodness to God.
Acts 4:12 Theosis - becoming deified (like God)
Ephesians 2:8-9 Obey the teachings of the Church
Romans chapter 3, 10:9,17
Life of faith Loving God & Others (Luke 9:27) Tasked with working towards
characterized by Living for Jesus (the walk) & communion & fellowship with God.
imitators of His life According to Athanasius, "God
Ephesians chapters 4 thru 6 become man, so that me might
Colossians 3:1-4:6 become gods."
Telling others of Jesus 2 Corinthians 5
Afterlife belief Millennial kingdom - Jesus will Prayers are offered for the souls of
return & reign for 1,000 year as the departed to strengthen them to
promised. Revelation 20:4 be confident at the judgment seat of
Heaven, paradise, the New Christ on the Last Day
Jerusalem - eternal
Philippians 3:20-21, Revelation
chapter 21 & 22.
Hell - place of eternal suffering
for those who rejected God &
Jesus. Revelation 20:10-15