The Orthodox Faith is founded upon the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and its basic beliefs are encapsulated in the Nicene Creed.
Orthodox Christians believe in the Trinity; that is, God existing as Three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and yet as One God. The Persons of the Trinity share the same essence and relate to each other in love.
God created the Heavens and the Earth, including man in His own Image. He created the physical world for us to use in worshiping Him and to offer back to Him in thanks. God has made His attributes known to us through His Creation and special revelation. He is eternal, holy, all-powerful, omnipresent, and loving.
The Son was incarnate on earth by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary as Jesus Christ. As Christ, He lived on earth and experienced suffering and temptation as all human beings do. He spent many years teaching and healing people and gathered to Himself many followers, including Twelve Apostles who were especially close to Him. Finally, he experienced death, being crucified on the cross, and after three days, he rose from the dead. By his life, death, and resurrection, He organically connected humanity to God and made it possible for us to experience Eternal Life.
The Holy Spirit permeates all of Creation but was bestowed in a special way as Guide and Comforter to the Apostles after Christ departed physically from the earth. This descent of the Holy Spirit marked the birth of the Christian Church. In a similar fashion, the Holy Spirit is bestowed when one is Baptized (immersed in water) and Chrismated (anointed with Holy Oil) into the Body of Christ, the Church.
Orthodox Christians look forward to the Second Coming of Christ, the Resurrection of the physical body, and Everlasting Life with God. The ultimate goal of Orthodox Christianity is theosis, or union with Christ.