I'm sure this question has been asked before, but what is this difference between Coptic Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox? I know the Eastern and Coptic Orthodox churches have been out of communion for a few years (actually 1700 years), but what exactly separates us? I know the Eastern Orthodox church teaches Jesus was both God and man and I've heard the Coptic Church teaches that He was just God. Then I talked to a Coptic Christian and he said they did believe that Christ was both God and man. He said the only thing that separates us is agreement on the ecumenical councils. Could someone clarify this?
Bishop Kallistos Ware briefy spoke on this issue, and he said, sometime in the 1940's or so perhaps earlier or later, can't remember the exact date, but that the OO and OE actually sat together, and he said, what came out of this get together is that fundamentally there is not differences, that where there appears to be a differences it is merely semantic. Kallistos did mention the 3 and 7 council difference, and said that this does not relate to the fundamental beliefs of the church, and that he hoped that the EO and OO could get together and work these small differences out.
To be honest, I don't see why there needs to be an absolute unity between the EO and OO. I think these subtle differences reflect the different cultures of the worlds, and the disciples were sent to different parts of the world by our Lord with a wisdom. Eventhough the churches differ on minor issues, let the difference exist. It is amazing to me, that the churches could be separate for so many years, and still have the same fundamental beliefs. That is amazing. We should just accept each others as one church, with different rooms. There is not one race, there are many races. The Lord has created the world with a varity of differences, different trees, insects, spiders, cats, dogs and many other things. Perhaps our Lord wanted the same thing for the Church. Perhaps we can be one Orthodox Church with many different flavors, M&Ms. Perhaps we can learn from the differences between the EO and OO, is not the judge. And to embrace each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Why Not???
Why can't we just have a council where all the different OO and EO met together once a years to discuss things, and still remain the same as they were before, just with meetings?
Perhaps the Roman Catholics could join the group as well, but I guess the Catholics will have to let the pope to be equal to our OE and OO bishops.