The word orthodox was first used in the first century because of the many heretical teachings that branched off from Christianity.
In the beginning of the church, anyone that was not teaching or believing in Orthodox Christianity was said to teach or believe heresy and were said to be in apostasy.
In the early Middle Ages, Orthodox missionaries spread Christianity towards the north, to the Bulgarians, Serbs, Russians and others.
As the Wisdom of Sirach says, “Every creature loves it’s like, and every man his neighbor; all living beings associate by species, and a man clings to one like himself” (Sirach ).
Or as the old expression goes, “Birds of a feather flock together.” It becomes strange for one specific kind to be attracted to a member of a different kind.
We, as Christians, see creation as an act of God; nature is something that He designed in His infinite Wisdom and continues to sustain.
In Genesis we see that God brought forth creatures to reproduce after their own kind and therefore the attraction that one subspecies has toward members of it’s own kind cannot be denied.
For centuries it was just assumed that people of differing nationalities would naturally seek a spouse from among their own tribe or ethnos.
And until modern times this was by and large the universal practice of both Christians and non-Christians alike.
What is orthodox for some is not for others who hold to different religious beliefs, customs, and traditions as we shall see.
Let’s examine what Orthodox Christians believe and if they differ significantly from what other, non-orthodox Christians hold to.
Yet, in the not so distant past these views would have been taken as common sense and natural, as well as, demonstrating patriotic love for one’s own people. ” Well, according to most dictionaries it would mean according to nature.
Nature would, of course, refer to how the created world works.
The secular meaning for the word orthodox is what people consider as generally accepted to be true by most people and what most people believe to be true.