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Coptic Orthodox Church
About the Incarnate Word
Why is the explanation for the Incarnate natures?
What exactly are you confused about?
Why are the natures united in one and why aren't they separated?
The moment you separate the natures, you will have two separate persons and two separate realities, not one Christ.
If Christ is not one, how do you expect to be one with Christ?
this is fairly accurate:
Copts believe that the Lord is perfect in his divinity, and he is perfect in his humanity, but his divinity and His humanity were united in one nature called "the nature of the incarnate Word," which was articulated by St.
Cyril of Alexandria
. Copts thus believe in two natures "human" and "divine" that are united in one "without mingling, without confusion, and without alteration" (from the declaration of faith at the end of the Coptic divine liturgy). These two natures "did not separate for a moment or the twinkling of an eye" (also from the declaration of faith at the end of the Coptic divine liturgy).
Since the 1980s theologians from the the Oriental Orthodox and Chalcedonian Orthodox churches have been meeting in a bid to resolve the theological differences, and have concluded that many of the differences are caused by the two groups using different terminology to describe the same thing (see
Agreed Official Statements on Christology with the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches
). In the summer of 2001, the Coptic Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Patriarchates of Alexandria
to mutually recognize baptisms performed in each other's churches, making rebaptisms unnecessary, and to recognize the sacrament of marriage as celebrated by the other. Previously, if a Coptic and Greek wanted to marry, the marriage had to be performed twice, once in each church, for it to be recognized by both. Now it can be done in only one church and be recognized by both.