"Look, my views have been codified in 20 books, and my views have not changed."Philip Roberts, director for international theological education with the Global Ministries Foundation in Tennessee, suggested that the conversion of the "Bible Answer Man" has raised questions in the evangelical world, however."Of course, the roots of Eastern Orthodox theology go back centuries -- even to the ancient creeds, councils and church theologians," Roberts said."The problem is what has happened since then in terms of revisions and interpretations in Eastern Orthodox thinking by eastern mystical thinkers" involving "the biblical doctrines of God, Adam, humankind, sin and salvation."Roberts challenged Orthodoxy's claim to be the "early church" and to represent "the faith of Peter and Paul," and said that while it has roots in the ancient church, its ceremonies and theology have developed gradually throughout the centuries.The "Bible Answer Man" broadcast is still available at Orthodox belief holds that the Orthodox Church is Christianity's true, holy, and apostolic church, tracing its origin directly to the institution established by Jesus Christ. Orthodox teachings include the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and the inseparable but distinguishable union of the two natures of Jesus Christ--one divine, the other human.Orthodox beliefs are based on the Bible and on tradition as defined by seven ecumenical councils held by church authorities between A. Among saints, Mary has a special place as the Mother of God.The Russian Orthodox Church, like the other churches that make up Eastern Orthodoxy, is autonomous, or self-governing. Matters relating to faith are decided by ecumenical councils in which all member churches of Eastern Orthodoxy participate.Followers of the church regard the councils' decisions as infallible. 988 Prince Vladimir made the Byzantine variant of Christianity the state religion of Russia (see The Golden Age of Kiev, ch. The Russian church was subordinate to the patriarch (see Glossary) of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul), seat of the Byzantine Empire.
Icons, sacred images often illuminated by candles, adorn the churches as well as the homes of most Orthodox faithful.Hanegraaff, who believes many Christians today are consumeristic and go to church to see what they can get out of it, explained that he was inspired to attend an Orthodox Church over two years ago after he saw how deeply in love Christians in China were with the Lord."While truth matters, life matters more," a man told him.He realized that it was not just about knowing Jesus Christ, but also experiencing the resurrected Jesus Christ and he is now more in love with Jesus than ever before."People are posting this notion that somehow or other I've walked away from the faith and am no longer a Christian," he said in the following day's broadcast.Such small settlements expanded into larger population centers, making the monastic movement one of the bases of social and economic as well as spiritual life.After the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Russian Orthodox Church evolved into a semi-independent (autocephalous) branch of Eastern Christianity.