Orthodoxy and Orthopraxis

Orthodoxy comes from two greek words ορθο and δόξα which we translate into “right belief”.  This is what all Christians should strive for in their reading and understanding of the Scriptures, that we have a right understanding of what God’s will is for us.  We can come to an Orthodox undersanding by diligently reading the Scriptures, but that is not enough in and of itself.  We also should rely on the wisdom of people who have devoted their lives to the study of Scripture.  If we simply read the Bible without context and an understanding of the original intent found in the languages that Scripture was written in, we can be led astray and believe in falsehoods.

Orthopraxis adds to ορθο the greek word πρᾶξις which means practice or doing.  It is not enough to simply have the right undersanding (Orthodoxy) of God’s Word, we must also put into practice what God instructs us to do.  In Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus tells the Parable of the Talents and is urging us to use the gifts that God has given us and to put it into practice.  James implores us to put into action our faith and knowledge that we have “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.  You believe that their is one God.  Godd!  Even the demons believe that – and shudder (2:18-19).

So, I will use this page to explore both of these concepts and I wrestle with God’s word through personal Bible reading (or listening to NIV Live on my way to work and home), Bible studies and reading books by those people who have devoted their lives to studying and teaching about God’s Word.

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