Were someone to ask you, “What is Christianity?” How would you respond? Is it something to do on a Sunday morning? Or something that gives moral guidance for our lives? Or reasons to stop fun and enjoyment? What’s your answer?
For us Orthodox Christians, we believe that Christianity is centred on Christ and the Resurrection. St Paul spoke so often of the two together that some pagans believed he was proclaiming a couple who were gods, perhaps because “Resurrection” is a feminine noun in Greek. Yet we believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and he is risen from the dead.
This changes everything. We are told that hundreds of people saw him risen from the dead,
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.1 Corinthians 15:3–8
To claim that this is not true is to claim that hundreds of eye-witnesses would prefer ridicule, persecution and death rather than say it was a lie. And some Christians throughout twenty centuries, including in our own time, have continued to suffer and face death rather than give up the truth of the Gospel.
Through Christ we have come to understand God as Father, who has eternally with him his Son and Spirit. And we worship God as we have been taught by the Apostles and their successors: for two thousand years the Orthodox Church has taught and preserved this message to hand down to the next generation.
The Church of the Twelve Apostles, Eastleigh is here to serve you; we warmly invite you to discover the Truth of the risen Jesus Christ.
Come and see!