Denomination Differences

Quaker vs. Oriental Orthodox Beliefs

QuakerOriental Orthodox
  • Miaphysite
  • Coptic
Number of Members400,00052,000,000[1]
How does one get saved?Varies widelyRepent of your sins, believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection, and be baptized.[2][3][4]
Who gets saved?No established doctrineAnyone who chooses by his own free will to believe and accept God's gift of grace will be saved.
Can one lose his salvation?Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.
Who gets baptized and why?Baptism not practiced.The believing but unsaved get baptized as part of their salvation.
How should baptism be done?Baptism not practiced.Baptism should be by triple immersion.
When does one receive the Holy Spirit?There is "that of God in everyone".The Holy Spirit is received at baptism.
What is the trinity?The Trinity is God existing as one god in three equal, eternal, cosubstantial persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.The Trinity is God existing as one god in three equal, eternal, cosubstantial persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
What is the human nature?There is "that of God in everyone", making humans inherently good.Human nature is corrupt and naturally inclined to evil.[5]
Are we guilty of Adam's original sin?No established doctrineNo, we are not guilty of Adam's sin, but we did inherit the consequences and a corrupt human nature from him, causing us all to sin.[5][6]
Are Christians required to keep the Old Testament ceremonial laws?No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.Yes, all Old Testament laws are binding on Christians.
Can Christians become sinless in this earthly life?Christian perfection is possible and a major goal of Quakers.Yes, Christian perfection is possible.
Do the elements of communion become the body and blood of Christ?Communion not practiced.Yes, the bread and the wine change into the body and blood of Christ in an unknown way.[7][8]
Can one be baptized of behalf of someone who has died?No, the dead cannot be baptized.No, the dead cannot be baptized.
What happens if a saved person dies without being perfect?Perfection must take place during life, not after death.[9]Once Christians leave their sinful bodies, nothing else is needed to receive glorified, sinless bodies.[10]
Did Mary ever sin?Yes, Mary sinned like all other humans except Jesus.Mary was prone to sin like anyone else, but no, through her own free will she still never did.
What spiritual gifts are available today?Continuationism: All spiritual gifts are still available to believers.
How many church ordinances/​sacraments are there?The church does not have any ordinances more sacred than any other practice.[11]The church has seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, Holy Eucharist, Unction of the Sick, Matrimony, and Priesthood.[12][13][14]
To whom do Christians need to confess their sins?Confession should be made directly to God, but confession to another believer is beneficial for some sins.Sins must be privately confessed to a priest within 40 days.[15][16][17][18]
How should a church be structured?Congregationalist: Every church congregation should be independent and governed by its members.Episcopal: Churches should be governed by the bishop in that eparchy, who in turn is governed by a patriarch of an autocephalous church.
What day of the week should Christians worship?Christians worship on Sunday.Christians worship on Sunday, although the Sabbath should be observed on Saturday.
How does God's revelation come to us today?Varies widely[19]Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition have equal authority and comprise one finished deposit of faith.[20]
How many books are in the Bible?There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.Varies widely
Was the Bible written inerrantly?Varies widely[21]
How was the earth created?The earth was formed by gravity pulling dust together, which ultimately came from the Big Bang.Generally creationism: The earth was spoken into existence by God.
What is marriage?Varies widelyMarriage is a covenant before God between one man and one woman.[22][23][24]
Is sex permissible outside marriage?Varies widelyNo, sex outside of marriage is not permissible.
When is divorce permissible?Divorce is seldomly permissible upon investigation by a clergical committee, usually instigated by infidelity.[25]
May a Christian remarry while his former spouse is still alive?The innocent party to the adultery may remarry.[26]
When does a fetus become human?Most believe humanity begins sometime between conception and birth.[27]Ranges from humanity beginning at fertilization to 40 days after conception[28][29][30][31]
Is contraception permissible?Yes, contraceptives are permissible.Varies widely[30][32][33][34]
Are blood transfusions permissible?Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.[35][36]
Should Christians drink alcohol?No, alcohol should be totally avoided.[37][38]No, alcohol should be totally avoided aside from Eucharist.[39]
Should Christians fight in wars?No, Christians should never fight.[40][41]Yes, Christians can fight in just wars.[42]
Whom does the Holy Spirit come from?The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father alone.[43]
Where does a Christian's soul go after death?No established doctrineAfter death, souls sit conscious in an Intermediate State, with Christians being with Christ.[44]
When does the Tribulation happen?Futurism: The Tribulation will happen at a time in the future which no man knows the time of.[45]
When is the millennial reign of Christ happen?Amillennialism: The millennial reign of Christ is an indefinite period of time beginning on the day of Pentecost and ending at His Second Coming.