Sorry to make you repeat mamabadger but what is the Orthodox Churches teaching regarding the purpose of Jesus' death?
By contrast, the Western doctrine of the Atonement teaches that sin had placed us at such a distance from God that God's wrath could be appeased only by the ultimate sacrifice: the painful death of His own son. This is foreign to Orthodox theology because it places God in a position of being so angry with mankind that only a horrible human sacrifice would satisfy his fury.
I have also heard it suggested that this is the reason why Western churches display so many images of the Crucifixion, since this sacrifice is so central to their idea of salvation; while Eastern Orthodox churches emphasize the Resurrection, which is the main point of Jesus' existence and the reason for his death. The image that is always displayed at Pascha (Easter) in Orthodox churches shows Jesus during his three days in the tomb, symbolically breaking open the graves and pulling the people free, alive and well. That is what we believe was the purpose of his death.