About Eastern Orthodox Christianity
I am the door, said Christ. By me if any man enter in, he shall be saved. Christ is the Door to the Kingdom of Heaven, which we can find within us even during this life and which continues for eternity. But how do we find that Door amidst thousands of different sects, denominations, religions and philosophies, all of which present a different image of Christ?
If we look into the history of the Church He founded, we find one unbroken line in which His image has been kept pure and undistorted. From Christ to His apostles, this line has been preserved by Churches throughout the east and even into the west. The first Churches were in Jerusalem, Damascus, Antioch and soon after in Greece, Rome and the Mediterranean basin, which at the time of Christ was considered the known "civilized" world.
This early Church is what determined everything we know and believe about Christ and Christianity. The Church determined what books would be in the Bible we know today. That line is the ancient Eastern Orthodox Church. This Church extends from the saints in Heaven down to the believers here on earth in order to raise us from earth to the heights of Heaven.
The true essence of the Church must be sought in Her spiritual life, which takes place in the heart; for it is within the heart that Christ reveals Himself. Through the Sacraments, the Scriptures, the spiritual discipline and the ascetic teachings of the Orthodox Church, you will find the Door to Paradise. And then, in your own heart, your own inward being, you will find Paradise itself. You will find what true prayer is, and you will find Him Who has been calling you all your life: Christ, the Bridegroom of your soul.