The fundamental moment for a person wishingTo accept Orthodox baptism, is faith in one God. This faith must mean at least the basic concepts of what kind of personal God Orthodox people believe. Unfortunately, many who come to the sacrament of holy baptism can not give an answer to this question.
For the Orthodox, the Bible gives clearThe idea of who exactly Christians believe. The Old and New Testaments imply a narrative of the old and new covenants between man and God. In the New Testament, a believer is exposed to the truth about who is in the full sense of God.
For Orthodox people, God is the Holy Trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In Orthodox theology, the Trinity is called consubstantial and inseparable. What does this mean?
Orthodox Christians have faith in one GodThreefold in Persons. Thus, the Father is the first Person of the Holy Trinity, the Son is the second Person of the Trinity and the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Holy Trinity. Otherwise, persons are called hypostases, so one can meet the naming of the Christian God, consisting in the term tri-static. According to the teaching of the Christian Orthodox Church, all three Persons have divine dignity and equality in divine greatness among themselves.
God the Father showed himself to the world in the Old Testament. God the Son incarnated on earth, accepting the human body. In modern times, no one doubts the historical personality of Jesus Christ. For Orthodox people, Christ is in the fullest sense the God who granted salvation to mankind. It is about the coming of the Christ the Savior into the world and the gospels narrate. The Holy Spirit revealed itself to the world on the fiftieth day after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Then the Holy Spirit fell upon the apostles of Christ, giving them divine grace. It was from the moment of the Descent of the Holy Spirit that the public preaching of Christianity began with the apostles. Therefore, the feast of Pentecost is called the birthday of the Church.
The mystery of the dogma of the Holy Trinity is hidden forFull understanding of man in the measure of limited human thinking. Man can not fully comprehend the essence of God. The Orthodox remains to believe that God is one, but threefold in Persons. That is, there are no three different gods, but one and only the threefold Lord.
It should be noted that for the OrthodoxMan Holy Trinity is not just God, who does not participate in people's lives. So, Christians perceive God as a loving Father. St. John the Evangelist in his gospel says directly that God is love. It is this perception of the deity that formed the basis for the worldview of an Orthodox man. God is not just a universal magistrate, He is not just the Creator of the world of the visible and the invisible. The Lord for Orthodox people is a loving Father who is ready to help in all righteous needs to those who turn to Him with faith.