First of all, Orthodoxy is right faith in God; it is that mighty power
which makes each truly believing Orthodox Christian
unwavering on the righteous and pious path of his life.
To be Orthodox means to know correctly with the mind, to
believe correctly with the heart, and to confess correctly with the lips
all that God Himself has revealed to us about Himself,
about the world and man, and about the tasks and aims of
our life in the teaching on the attaining of our spiritual union with Him and our eternal salvation. Without such right
faith, according to the word of the Apostle Paul, it is
impossible to please God (Heb 11:6).
Orthodoxy is not only right faith and a right confession of the
fundamental truths and dogmas of the Church of Christ,
but also a right and virtuous life, founded on an
unshakable law: the fulfilling of God's commandments, the permeating of the heart with humility, meekness and love for one's
neighbor, the rendering of help to the needy and
unfortunate, and the serving of one's church. The
Apostle James teaches: "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:26). The
Lord Jesus Christ Himself, the future Judge of the whole
world, promises to "reward every man according to his
works" (Matt. 16:27). The Apostle Paul testifies that
"every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor"
(1Cor. 3:8). Here is the Orthodox point of view. Right
faith must be expressed in deeds, and deeds must serve
as a manifestation of faith. One must be closely united
with the other indissolubly, like soul and body. This only, then, is the Orthodox, the correct way leading us to God.
Orthodoxy is not only right faith and a life according to faith, but
also correct service to God. Our Lord Jesus Christ
expressed the essence of the right worship of God in
these brief but profound words: "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24).
Only the inspired divine service of the Holy Orthodox
Church, which is permeated by prayer, has realized this
sacred worship of God in truth. Moreover, Orthodoxy is
strict proportionality and correctness in the manifestations of all the powers of soul and body. In Orthodoxy, a
proper place is allotted to everything: to the
intellect, to the wants and needs of the heart, to the
manifestations of man's free will, to labor and prayer, to abstinence and watchfulness, in a word, to everything of which man's