Updated: Nov 25, 2019
In the Greek language, the term Copt or Coptic refers to any person whose origin can be traced to Egypt, and this is correct in the case of the Coptic Orthodox Religion.
The Coptic Orthodox Religion is a Christian practice which originated from Egypt according to the teachings of Saint John Mark during the first century. In present times, millions of Coptic Christians around the world are subjected to a lot of persecution and this is because of several misconceptions about their beliefs and practice.
In this article, you will learn the truth about Coptic Orthodox Christians as you will understand that they are genuine followers of Christ, and are an important part of his church.
What is Coptic Orthodox Religion?
In order to avoid any ambiguity, the Coptic Orthodox Religion is the largest Christian group in Egypt and the Middle East, but the religion is being practiced in all other parts of the world too. The Coptic Orthodox Religion has many practices that are similar to the practices of the Catholic Church and they are led by the Pope of Alexandria in Cairo. The current leader of the Coptic Orthodox Religion is Pope Tawardos II. Coptic Orthodox Christians use the Coptic language, an ancient form of the Egyptian language which is written in Greek letters, and the language is used mainly to preserve and teach the tenets of the religion from the original texts of Saint Mark.
What is Coptic Orthodox Faith?
The Coptic Orthodox faith believes in God but they believe that Christ has two natures – the nature of God and the nature of man. What this means is that the Coptic Orthodox faith believes that Christ’s two natures are merged as one; this they say is “without mingling, without confusion, and without alteration.” They claim that for salvation to be complete, God’s gift through the sacrifice of Christ’s death on the cross must be accompanied by human works to gain merit. These human works include fasting, receiving the sacrament, giving alms, and liturgical practices. However, this belief formed a huge debacle which created schisms that led to the separation of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
What does Coptic Orthodox mean?
The term Coptic is a Greek term used to describe people from Egypt while Orthodox refers to the established traditions of any faith. The Coptic Orthodox faith has many practices and doctrines that are similar to the practices of the Catholic Church. They include: Baptism, Confession, Communion, Trinity, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, The Bible, Creeds, Saints, and Salvation. They practice a 40-day fasting from red meat, poultry, and dairy products before Christmas, and they also fast for 55 days before Easter. The Coptic Orthodox does not believe in purgatory and they also do not believe that the Pope is infallible.
Why Coptic Orthodox?
The Coptic Orthodox practice is one of the most preserved practices of Christianity. The Coptic language allows for the preservation of the original texts from which the religion is taught in Coptic Churches.
The Coptic Christians say that Christ is one and that in itself is true and not different from the message of the worldwide church but has been largely misconstrued due to their claims about his natures. What matters is the belief in Christ and in his work of salvation and the Coptic Orthodox religion is not only based on an original teaching of one who was with Christ. It has morphed into an ethnic group with its own culture and traditions, and community.