I have a question for those who believe that the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox have always maintained the same Orthodox Faith.
Is it possible that the separation between our churches was only apparent? By this I mean, since we both believe in the same Orthodox Christian Faith, is it possible that in the eyes of God, His Orthodox Church was never split in twain and that in reality, when we celebrate our Liturgy together with the angels, in the eyes of God we are also concelebrating with each other? If what the theologians on both sides now say is true and not mere niceties and "political correctness", then maybe the separation was never an ontological reality, but merely a political one. Just a thought I had.
Obviously, if you think that one side or the other was "Nestorian" or "Monophysite" or in any way heterodox, the answer to this question must be a resounding "NO!", just as we cannot say that the Orthodox Liturgy is mystically concelebrated with the Roman Catholic, Anglican or Lutheran mass. In order for the answer to even possibly be yes, we must truly have always maintained the same Faith.
So for those who truly believe that we've always confessed the same Faith, and since the Liturgy is said to take place outside of time and space, at once concelebrated with the Heavenly Liturgy and all of the Orthodox Liturgies that have ever taken place, what are your thoughts?
As an aside, how is this question applied to cases in which there were schisms, but no allegations of heresy, as in the cases of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Old Calendarists or the Old Believers? Or in the schisms between the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Indian Orthodox Church, or the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and the "Synod in Exile"?