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believes that each person has an intrinsic value and importance in virtue of his or her unique relationship to God. In the West theology remained under the influence. To be united with God within the midst of the Church does not mean that our unique personalities are destroyed. Some Orthodox theologians do not recognize the ecclesial and salvific character of these Western churches at all, while others accept that the Holy Spirit acts to a certain degree within these communities although they do not possess the fullness of grace and spiritual gifts like. While political, cultural, and emotional factors have always been involved, the Orthodox Church believes that the two principal reasons for the continued schism are the papal claims of universal jurisdiction and infallibility, as well as the meaning of the Filioque. The Edict was a recognition that the Church not only had survived the persecutions but also had become a significant force in the Empire. Theosis, the fundamental vocation and goal of each and every person is to share in the life of God. These Synods, which are known by the names of the cities in which they were convened, included Bishops from throughout the world, who came to affirm the authentic teachings on the Incarnation and the Holy Trinity.
Both the papal claims and the Filioque were strongly repudiated by the East. It was also a period of missionary activity. After the decline of Byzantium, the Church in Russia thrived for nearly 500 years. Patriarchs were deposed and murdered. The fruit of Worship is the gifts of the Spirit. Although there were attempts to restore communion in the years 12, there was no lasting unity achieved.
The Byzantine Empire was constantly on guard against the neighboring Persians and Muslims. From that period onward, the Western Church, centered about the Pope of Rome, and the Eastern Church, centered about the Patriarch of Constantinople, went their separate ways. Relations between the two great traditions of the East and the West had often been strained since the fourth century.