ONE AND ONE IS NOT TWO
Not following the truths of the Orthodox Faith, a group of Orthodox theologians* during the sixties met with the heretics known as Non-Chalcedonians, and mislabeled “Oriental Orthodox”. The Non Chalcedonians have been outside the church for about 1500 years, because they rejected the Church’s decision that Jesus Christ was of two natures, divine and human. They falsely believed that in Christ the nature merged into a single nature, thus they were known as monophysites or one naturists.
This erroneous belief was condemned by the Fourth Ecumenical Synod of Chalcedon, and confirmed by the fifth, sixth and seventh ecumenical synods. There are many monophysites among the Armenians. The Orthodox referred to the heretics as being Orthodox also and sought, not to establish truth, but to restore unity! With no changes on the part of the heretics they decided to unite with them, declaring:
“We have spoken to each other in the openess of charity and with the conviction of truth. All of us have learned from each other. Our inherited misunderstandings have begun to clear up. We recognize in each other the one orthodox faith of the Church. Fifteen centuries of alienation have not led us astray from the faith of our Fathers.”
From The Greek Orthodox Theological Review, Volume X Number 2, Winter 1964-1965.
With these words the Orthodox theologians agreed that the heretical monophysites and the Orthodox Church believe the same thing. All Orthodox Christians believe as a fundamental doctrine that there were Seven Ecumenical Synods inspired by Holy Spirit. These monophysites only accept three Ecumenical Synods because they are heretics and outside the Church
At their meeting, the Orthodox were completely blinded by the monophysites who convinced them that they both believed correctly and should not be separated ((After 1500 years!). They offered a variety of explanations regarding the terminology used at Chalcedon by the Orthodox and heretics.
In the present Agreement, the theologians used thousands of words to explain their position on the subject. They dwelt with particular words and their different meanings. They blinded the Orthodox and their victory is the above statement approved for publication. This one came from The Greek Orthodox Theological Review, Volume X Number 2, Winter 1964-1965.
Orthodoxy dogma always stands strong against the heresies, firmly establishing that Jesus Christ is of two natures, divine and human. The one Lord Jesus Christ has two natures the divinity from His Father and the humanity from His holy Mother the Ever-virgin Mary.
In their discussions, neither the Orthodox nor the heterodox considered this question: Where do natures come from. For if they did, they would not say that one and one is one, when we all know it to be two.
A nature is received in birth, thus if you count the births you count the natures. God the Logos is eternally born from His Father, and from that birth He receives the divine nature. In time the Logos became the incarnate Son of God by being born of the Virgin Mary and with that birth Jesus Christ obtained a second nature. We Orthodox Christians have two natures, our human nature from our parents and the divine or spiritual nature by rebirth of the Holy Spirit. The two births produces two natures.
There is a bad consequence from the these theological blunders, some Orthodox priests presently give holy communion to the heretical monophysites because of the publication of the Agreement, imagining them to be Orthodox. They should not be given holy Communion as they are not Orthodox Christians and remain outside the Church.
* The erroneous “Agreement” was signed
by the following Orthodox theologians.
Bishop Emilianos of Meloa
Professor G. Florovsky
Very Reverend J.S. Romanides
Very Reverend Professor Vitaly Borovoy
Rev, Professor J. Meyendorff
Professor J. Karmiris
Professor G. Konidaris