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Title: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 29, 2012, 10:31:22 AM
Surprise me.

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Post by: biro on November 29, 2012, 10:43:58 AM
I was Roman Catholic.
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Post by: ialmisry on November 29, 2012, 10:51:02 AM
Evangelical Lutheran.
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Post by: KBN1 on November 29, 2012, 10:53:13 AM
I was raised in a Stone-Campbell movement Church of Christ and then a few non-denominational, Baptist-ish, evangelical churches.
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Post by: sheenj on November 29, 2012, 10:55:24 AM
I was Roman Catholic.

Wait, I thought you were still Catholic? When where you received?
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Post by: jmbejdl on November 29, 2012, 10:56:36 AM
Lots of things. I was baptised Anglican but raised as though I was Lutheran (my mother was weirdly disparaging about Anglicanism but still thought it was the closest thing - and we still went to Lutheran services when the opportunity arose). I had various forays into other faiths and non-faiths in my teens and early 20s, but kept coming back to sort of non-specific Protestant Christianity. The two most serious non-Christian phases would be my year or so as an avowed (and fairly active) atheist anarcho-communist and my two years as a practicing Karma Kagyu Buddhist. The former was naive teenage idealism so didn't last. The latter started benign but ended up slightly scary. Both of these periods were diversions in my back and forth, round about, 7 year journey from Anglican/Lutheran to Orthodoxy and on a personal note were probably necessary - I'm just glad that I never really settled in either one.

James
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Post by: biro on November 29, 2012, 11:14:10 AM
I was Roman Catholic.

Wait, I thought you were still Catholic? When where you received?

I haven't been yet. Just wanted to note that I grew up in that other place.

Sorry for any confusion.  :)
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Post by: sheenj on November 29, 2012, 11:35:50 AM
I was Roman Catholic.

Wait, I thought you were still Catholic? When where you received?

I haven't been yet. Just wanted to note that I grew up in that other place.

Sorry for any confusion.  :)

Lol, don't be. It really doesn't take much to throw me off.
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Post by: izrima on November 29, 2012, 12:34:44 PM
I am still technically Catholic.
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Post by: dzheremi on November 29, 2012, 12:51:23 PM
Roman Catholic, and for ten years before that nothing, and before that (ages 0-14) Presbyterian.
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Post by: Frederic on November 29, 2012, 12:52:19 PM
Roman Catholic
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Post by: Timon on November 29, 2012, 01:08:36 PM
Stone Campbell "Christian Church" something or another.

EDIT: we took communion weekly, so thats good I guess.
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Post by: soderquj on November 29, 2012, 01:51:33 PM
Mormon  :o
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Post by: Asteriktos on November 29, 2012, 02:14:02 PM
In order:
Roman Catholic (baptized, never confirmed)
Some kind of deist
Protestant (Wesleyan holiness/crazy)
Nothing in particular
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Post by: FormerReformer on November 29, 2012, 03:00:10 PM
High-church Emergent Baptipalian.
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Post by: TheTrisagion on November 29, 2012, 03:13:37 PM
Crazy Fundamentalist (aspiring Bob Jones U, baby!)
Southern Baptist
Independent Non-denominational
Deist
Agnostic
Currently attend DL by myself and go to a Methodist Church w/ family to make my wife happy.


I have just recently found this forum and it is great, so much good conversation.

Asteriktos, are you Orthodox or just nothing in particular currently?
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Asteriktos on November 29, 2012, 03:15:37 PM
I was Orthodox before, but I'm sort of in between Christian and Orthodox currently.
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Post by: Theophilos78 on November 29, 2012, 03:28:54 PM
Born an Orthodox (Sunnite-Hanefi) Muslim.

Deist for a short time and then wanted to establish my own religion at the age of 13!  ;D

Prior to baptism I attended the Roman Catholic Church for 3 years, got catechism.

Baptized in the Arabic Orthodox parish (Antiochian diocese), God-mother is Lutheran!

Currently a member of the Greek Orthodox parish.
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Post by: arnI on November 29, 2012, 04:16:21 PM
Born into Pentecostal (Assembly of God)
Baptised into Southern Baptist (@ 15)
Attended Military Protestant services for a couple of decades (exposed to many different Protestant denominations)
Searched for a church in the area that I settled into
Thought that the search had ended with the Methodists
Met my Greek Orthodox fiance
Joined the Orthodox Church
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Post by: Mivac on November 29, 2012, 04:35:42 PM
Baptized Roman Catholic age 9
Nominal christian from age 10-20
Tried to be a angry athiest from 20-33, cursed at God a lot!!!
Conservative Baptist age 33-45 though my path into Orthodoxy started 3 years ago.
Baptized and Chrismated into the Orthodox Church this last August.
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Post by: Dominika on November 29, 2012, 05:04:08 PM
Nothing until the age of 7
7 - 14 Roman Catholic (bud didn't know that there is sth like e.g papal infability)
14-20 officially RC Catholic, attending Greek Catholic, in heart Orthodox
chrismated in the Orthodox Church at age the of 20
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Post by: Nikolaostheservant on November 29, 2012, 06:33:59 PM
dead or unborn?
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Post by: sheenj on November 29, 2012, 06:44:07 PM
dead or unborn?

40 day old infant.
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Post by: pmpn8rGPT on November 29, 2012, 06:48:50 PM
a sperm  8)
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Post by: Nikolaostheservant on November 29, 2012, 07:06:33 PM
a twinkle in my dads eye
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Post by: Alpo on November 29, 2012, 07:19:13 PM
Baptized Lutheran as an infant, raised but not baptized as a Pentecostal, attended Lutheran, Orthodox and occasionally RC services for a time, Chrismated Orthodox.
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Post by: Great8 on November 29, 2012, 07:39:05 PM
Lutheran, then Presbyterian, and Non-Denominational. The latter two due to moving to the middle nowhere and thinking that driving to a Lutheran Church 40 minutes away was just too far, now we drive almost two hours to church.:)
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: biro on November 29, 2012, 07:41:21 PM
a sperm  8)

You were a clone?  ???
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Post by: stavros_388 on November 29, 2012, 08:29:15 PM
Non-religious, raised by what I'd call secular agnostics.
Atheist, pagan/pantheist, hedonist, gnostic/hermeticism/occult dabbler, Vedantist, Buddhist, Perennialist...
Orthodox (not necessarily in that order or without some overlap and general waffling back and forth).
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Post by: Nephi on November 29, 2012, 08:57:20 PM
Born and raised a nominal Protestant.
Became a fundamentalist Evangelical Protestant in my early teens, mostly affiliated with Church of Christ and Church of God.
Burned out quickly and became a militant atheist, with some spurts of deism and neo-Paganism.
Fell in love with Pure Land Buddhism, and became a pseudo-Buddhist.
Dated a Mormon girl and converted to the LDS church.
Left the LDS  and found Orthodoxy.
And here I am today.
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Post by: Alveus Lacuna on November 29, 2012, 10:26:37 PM
Raised Roman Catholic/Southern Baptist mix.
So infant baptism and then believer's baptism at 15.
Non-denominational, then 5 point Calvinist, then disillusioned whateverist.
Then I converted to Occult Elite Black Metal for a long time.
Then Orthodox.
Now Black Metal again.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Agabus on November 30, 2012, 12:04:45 AM
A fool.

Now at least I am an Orthodox fool.
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Post by: Anastasia1 on November 30, 2012, 02:26:13 AM
Born an Orthodox (Sunnite-Hanefi) Muslim.
Cool. You must know a lot of fascinating things.

Baptized in the Arabic Orthodox parish (Antiochian diocese), God-mother is Lutheran!
How does that happen???

Lutheran
Non-denominational (followed family) (In the middle, while away at college, I sort of did "the good Protestant" [my words] evangelical club and spent some time at the Catholic club center)
Briefly attended a somewhat emergent church (moved, did not attend for a bit, was embarrassed to go back)
Sort of nominal non-denom in a generic sense rather than denominational sense-(I'd had a very rough, slightly traumatic year)
Joined an Assembly of God club at school that was not highly denominational.
Attended a moderately at a spiritually healthy Baptist church (yes, yes, I know, it's as far as Protestants go, but they had the fruit of the spirit and such...)
Messianic
Bad little Armenian/Oriental Orthodox
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: JamesR on November 30, 2012, 02:35:22 AM
Evangelical Lutheran.

The heck? You're an Arab. I thought without a doubt that you were raised Orthodox either under Antioch, Jerusalem or Alexandria.

OP: I was a weirdo Evangelical-Buddhist-Secular type of guy all blended together.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: tweety234 on November 30, 2012, 03:30:46 PM
between 0-2 nothing. After 2 I was baptized as an orthodox. I am 26 years old now. And I am still not sure why i am orthodox. But I definitely know why I don't want to be of any other denomination. That is because, all other denominations, are too legalistic. They pay too much attention on the behaviour itself, than what lies behind it. I don't like how they are treating people like criminals. Sin is a condition. Full stop. Not a crime you commit.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Anastasia1 on November 30, 2012, 06:15:47 PM
They pay too much attention on the behaviour itself, than what lies behind it.
I see this happen too often.  Not so often in Orthodox Christianity.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Nephi on December 01, 2012, 12:51:02 AM
Evangelical Lutheran.

The heck? You're an Arab. I thought without a doubt that you were raised Orthodox either under Antioch, Jerusalem or Alexandria.

OP: I was a weirdo Evangelical-Buddhist-Secular type of guy all blended together.
There are lots of non-Orthodox Christians in the places that we like to think of as Orthodox.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Tommelomsky on December 01, 2012, 01:10:27 AM
Catholic (please forgive me, for my ignorance and foolishness).
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Post by: NicholasMyra on December 01, 2012, 02:14:07 AM
Bad little Armenian/Oriental Orthodox
Anastasia, lead us not into temptation.
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Post by: Shiny on December 01, 2012, 02:25:09 AM
Well let's see, nothing really.

Believed in abortion, especially in cases of rape. Tolerance of everyone's opinions and religion. Had alot of promiscuous sex. Believed in karma (or atleast the whole balancing of the universe thing). Believed in heaven but put that on the backburner along with God.

It took some serious heart crushing to investigate what I believed in, so I'm thankful to God for that.
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Post by: dzheremi on December 01, 2012, 02:33:35 AM
Bad little Armenian/Oriental Orthodox
Anastasia, lead us not into temptation.

(http://forums.catholic.com/images/smilies/ani/ehh.gif)
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Anastasia1 on December 01, 2012, 02:35:20 PM
Bad little Armenian/Oriental Orthodox
Anastasia, lead us not into temptation.

(http://forums.catholic.com/images/smilies/ani/ehh.gif)
??? Did I do something wrong?

I don't ascribe to fundamentalist dictates on my life as much as I used to, because paying too much attention to that can be a little detrimental and gets me rule focused instead of God focused (I'd rather be wrong but honest than fake being someone I am not, and I am still pretty conservative), and I have much to learn in Orthodoxy.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: dzheremi on December 01, 2012, 02:50:05 PM
No, you didn't. That "Huh" was to Nicholas' response. Mainly, I just love using that smiley.

I can definitely relate to your outlook, as I'm still recovering from a similar minutiae-focused viewpoint (I'm ex-RC, and I guess it takes a while to get rid of...haha). May God help us both grow in the Orthodox faith.





Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Anastasia1 on December 01, 2012, 02:56:00 PM
No, you didn't. That "Huh" was to Nicholas' response. Mainly, I just love using that smiley.

I can definitely relate to your outlook, as I'm still recovering from a similar minutiae-focused viewpoint (I'm ex-RC, and I guess it takes a while to get rid of...haha). May God help us both grow in the Orthodox faith.
My huh was to Nicholas as well. He might be playing, but I'm feeling a little touchy about that right now. I almost converted to Catholicism some years ago. I still liked it very much, then I had an Antiochian boss, and the rest is history.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: dzheremi on December 01, 2012, 03:09:00 PM
Yeah, I feel the same way. I'm glad that I was Roman Catholic for the time I was. It was very helpful/formative, and just the same, I'm glad I'm not there anymore. :)
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Post by: Seraphim98 on December 01, 2012, 03:31:44 PM
Raised Southern Baptist
In college became Methodist for a couple of years
Drifted into Charismatic circles during that time and stayed in that for about 21 years,
then in 95 became convinced of Orthodoxy and was received in 98.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: NicholasMyra on December 01, 2012, 07:08:11 PM
Oh, Anastasia.

I was not taking a jab at you.
 
Just playing.

Sorry  :)
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Anastasia1 on December 01, 2012, 11:51:22 PM
Oh, Anastasia.

I was not taking a jab at you.
 
Just playing.

Sorry  :)
No prob. That's actually why my orientation moved East. Too much time feeling like I was just doing something wrong. [Fail! Fail! Fail!] Recent convo irl just brought up some old feelings and stuff...
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Punch on December 02, 2012, 12:40:17 AM
Wisconsin Synod Lutheran.  LCMS before that.  Currently attend a Serbian Orthodox Church, but my heart is forever with the ROCOR.
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Post by: Mokek Kwe on December 02, 2012, 01:13:13 AM
I was raised Baptist.
At 16, I visited an Episcopal church for Christmas Eve Eucharist and I was very drawn to the liturgical style service. I learned about Orthodoxy a couple of years ago (didn't know it was a "thing" before that), and it felt right from the moment I learned about it.
I'd always questioned that if our (Baptist) pastor said things like "In the original church..." before he made a contrasting statement with our own church, why shouldn't we BE more like the Original church. Finding out about Orthodoxy answered that for me. :)
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Post by: Benjamin the Red on December 02, 2012, 01:21:31 AM
Initially non-denom/Baptist, played around with more charismatic stuff but never really felt right about it.

I became a pretty classical Protestant (Presbyterian - PCA) for a few years, so much that I didn't really look like a modern Presbyterian (very sacramental, argued for the Ever-Virginity of the Theotokos, as Calvin himself did, etc.) and eventually became convinced of the historicity of the Orthodox Church, glory to God.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: NicholasMyra on December 02, 2012, 01:36:24 AM
Recent convo irl just brought up some old feelings and stuff...
Yeah, I know that feeling.
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Post by: simplygermain on December 02, 2012, 01:58:37 AM
Baptized Southern Baptist at 6. Left the Faith at 10. Agnostic/unseeking for 10 yrs. From 12 to 20 my religion must have been myself (aka drugs, sex, homelessness, theft, violence and other various excursions).

At 20 yrs. old I began seeking and practiced TM and other forms of meditation until I took the Nazarite Vow as a Rasta at 23. Reggae helped save my life. I found Orthodoxy at 26. Received a year later into the OCA. I'm 36 now. :)
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Post by: Agabus on December 02, 2012, 10:12:47 AM
I became a pretty classical Protestant (Presbyterian - PCA) for a few years, so much that I didn't really look like a modern Presbyterian (very sacramental, argued for the Ever-Virginity of the Theotokos, as Calvin himself did, etc.)...
For some reason, the PCA  managed to produce quite a bit of this for a few years. It was a minority report, for sure, but I know some of the more evangelical Presbyterians were calling for a certain Presbytery to get the boot because they weren't expelling those elements.

Toward the end, it started getting weird, resulting in questions like "How do you feel about paedocommunion?" within minutes of  you walking into a church.

It all ironed out eventually, with the more classical magisterial Protestants either transferring to another synod/confederation or converting to Rome/Orthodoxy.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Shiny on December 02, 2012, 10:14:19 AM
Baptized Southern Baptist at 6. Left the Faith at 10. Agnostic/unseeking for 10 yrs. From 12 to 20 my religion must have been myself (aka drugs, sex, homelessness, theft, violence and other various excursions).

At 20 yrs. old I began seeking and practiced TM and other forms of meditation until I took the Nazarite Vow as a Rasta at 23. Reggae helped save my life. I found Orthodoxy at 26. Received a year later into the OCA. I'm 36 now. :)

How did you leave being a Southern Baptist at 10?
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Post by: Nicene on December 02, 2012, 02:06:52 PM
Non demoninational do nothing Christian.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: simplygermain on December 02, 2012, 02:20:56 PM
Baptized Southern Baptist at 6. Left the Faith at 10. Agnostic/unseeking for 10 yrs. From 12 to 20 my religion must have been myself (aka drugs, sex, homelessness, theft, violence and other various excursions).

At 20 yrs. old I began seeking and practiced TM and other forms of meditation until I took the Nazarite Vow as a Rasta at 23. Reggae helped save my life. I found Orthodoxy at 26. Received a year later into the OCA. I'm 36 now. :)

How did you leave being a Southern Baptist at 10?

My parents got divorced and I didn't have to go to church anymore. To be clear, our Baptist church didn't commonly baptize 6yr.olds. I specifically asked to be baptized and went up for an altar call, spoke with a deacon and arranged for it the next Sunday. The pastor was quite surprised but went through with it.
Anyways, my Dad wasn't very "religious" though he did read the Bible and I lived with my Mom who went off the deep end shortly after the divorce. This was probably due to being raised in a strict household and then getting married at 18.
So yes it was a conscious decision to leave the Faith. I could have continued by attending a Grace Community Church (pseudo-Baptist non-denom.) with my grandparents (by this time everyone had relocated and switched churches) but chose skateboarding and partying above all else.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Benjamin the Red on December 03, 2012, 12:42:53 AM
I became a pretty classical Protestant (Presbyterian - PCA) for a few years, so much that I didn't really look like a modern Presbyterian (very sacramental, argued for the Ever-Virginity of the Theotokos, as Calvin himself did, etc.)...
For some reason, the PCA  managed to produce quite a bit of this for a few years. It was a minority report, for sure, but I know some of the more evangelical Presbyterians were calling for a certain Presbytery to get the boot because they weren't expelling those elements.

Toward the end, it started getting weird, resulting in questions like "How do you feel about paedocommunion?" within minutes of  you walking into a church.

It all ironed out eventually, with the more classical magisterial Protestants either transferring to another synod/confederation or converting to Rome/Orthodoxy.

Yes, I remember this. There was a lot of talk about paedocommunion and other similar practices during my time there. Coming there from a low-church background, I initially was opposed...but the PCA does practice infant baptism and at my church we always got the talk about how this meant the baby was a "full member of the community, accepted into Christ, etc." didn't take long for such talk to convince me to support paedocommunion, if we were to be consistent in our theology (being Presbyterians don't chrismate). I don't know if the pastor there was a paedocommunion proponent or not, I don't think so though...which in my mind just meant he was inconsistent.

Ultimately, Presbyterianism prepared me to accept higher church concepts, and I credit the changes it made to my way of thinking to allow me to more readily accept Orthodoxy. I don't think I could've jumped from being evangelical to being Orthodox. But to be fair, I was never a very good evangelical. That said, I still have a lot of respect for Protestants who think like I used to as a Presbyterian and always enjoy my conversations with folks that belong to conservative Presbyterian or Anglican groups, the LCMS, and other similar-minded folks.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Punch on December 03, 2012, 09:27:21 AM
I became a pretty classical Protestant (Presbyterian - PCA) for a few years, so much that I didn't really look like a modern Presbyterian (very sacramental, argued for the Ever-Virginity of the Theotokos, as Calvin himself did, etc.)...
For some reason, the PCA  managed to produce quite a bit of this for a few years. It was a minority report, for sure, but I know some of the more evangelical Presbyterians were calling for a certain Presbytery to get the boot because they weren't expelling those elements.

Toward the end, it started getting weird, resulting in questions like "How do you feel about paedocommunion?" within minutes of  you walking into a church.

It all ironed out eventually, with the more classical magisterial Protestants either transferring to another synod/confederation or converting to Rome/Orthodoxy.

Yes, I remember this. There was a lot of talk about paedocommunion and other similar practices during my time there. Coming there from a low-church background, I initially was opposed...but the PCA does practice infant baptism and at my church we always got the talk about how this meant the baby was a "full member of the community, accepted into Christ, etc." didn't take long for such talk to convince me to support paedocommunion, if we were to be consistent in our theology (being Presbyterians don't chrismate). I don't know if the pastor there was a paedocommunion proponent or not, I don't think so though...which in my mind just meant he was inconsistent.

Ultimately, Presbyterianism prepared me to accept higher church concepts, and I credit the changes it made to my way of thinking to allow me to more readily accept Orthodoxy. I don't think I could've jumped from being evangelical to being Orthodox. But to be fair, I was never a very good evangelical. That said, I still have a lot of respect for Protestants who think like I used to as a Presbyterian and always enjoy my conversations with folks that belong to conservative Presbyterian or Anglican groups, the LCMS, and other similar-minded folks.

I think that the reason that some of the conservative Protestant churches (LCMS and WELS for sure) baptise infants but do not commune them is because they strongly believe that communion is taken "for the remission of sins".  Since baptism has already washed away the original sin (in their view), there is no need to commune an infant or small child since they cannot prepare by examining themselves since they are still short of the age of reason and are therefor innocent.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: recent convert on December 03, 2012, 10:46:49 AM
Nominally a combined Methodist/Presbyterian in youth. Nothing from 14-39 yrs of age in 2003; hesitantly fundamentalist in 2003, 4 Square Pentecostal in 2004 but randomly attended 1st DL in august 2004 & went on to become Orthodox by Holy Saturday in 2005.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: TheMathematician on December 03, 2012, 11:29:59 AM
Roman Catholic
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: katherineofdixie on December 03, 2012, 01:21:45 PM
Lutheran (LCA, then ELCA - these distinctions are important to Lutherans!) all my life, until twelve years ago when I attended my first Divine Liturgy. Never expected that I would be anything but Lutheran - I had been accepted to seminary and was in the discernment process for the ordained ministry.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: ialmisry on December 03, 2012, 01:43:19 PM
Lutheran (LCA, then ELCA - these distinctions are important to Lutherans!) all my life, until twelve years ago when I attended my first Divine Liturgy. Never expected that I would be anything but Lutheran - I had been accepted to seminary and was in the discernment process for the ordained ministry.

similar story here (although I was younger, and so seminary was just being "suggested" at the time).
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: tweety234 on December 03, 2012, 03:46:42 PM
I was Orthodox before, but I'm sort of in between Christian and Orthodox currently.

interesting. How exactly do you see any difference between the 2? The reason I am asking is because I fail to see the difference.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: tweety234 on December 03, 2012, 03:56:58 PM

I don't ascribe to fundamentalist dictates on my life as much as I used to, because paying too much attention to that can be a little detrimental and gets me rule focused instead of God focused (I'd rather be wrong but honest than fake being someone I am not, and I am still pretty conservative), and I have much to learn in Orthodoxy.

We agree on this. Being God focused is what is important, and I wish everyone was, myself included. as far as "I'd rather be wrong but honest than fake being someone I am not, and I am still pretty conservative". Indeed, if we fake being someone we're not, that makes us hypocrites. And God deserves a lot better than that. However, I respect people's beliefs, thoughts and lifestyles, just as I want them to respect mine. However, I can't tolerate people who are trying to shove their beliefs on me, or anyone that matters to me for that matter. I maybe wrong. But better wrong than hypocrite.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Rdunbar123 on December 03, 2012, 06:19:17 PM
0-61. RC. was recieved last Dec.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: sheenj on December 03, 2012, 06:34:48 PM
0-61. RC. was recieved last Dec.

Better late than never ;D.

P.S. Many Years!
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: izrima on December 03, 2012, 09:43:37 PM
I was Orthodox before, but I'm sort of in between Christian and Orthodox currently.

interesting. How exactly do you see any difference between the 2? The reason I am asking is because I fail to see the difference.

I found that interesting as well. I think it is because many Protestants prefer to call themselves "Christian," sometimes as if that designation is their exclusive property. My girlfriend's father once said I was not a Christian because I was an RC  ???
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Kerdy on December 03, 2012, 09:45:39 PM
I was Baptist.  Independent and Southern Baptist.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Kerdy on December 03, 2012, 09:46:51 PM
I was Orthodox before, but I'm sort of in between Christian and Orthodox currently.

interesting. How exactly do you see any difference between the 2? The reason I am asking is because I fail to see the difference.

I found that interesting as well. I think it is because many Protestants prefer to call themselves "Christian," sometimes as if that designation is their exclusive property. My girlfriend's father once said I was not a Christian because I was an RC  ???
That's a lack of understanding and knowledge.  I know because I was once the same way.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: tweety234 on December 07, 2012, 11:22:40 PM
I was Orthodox before, but I'm sort of in between Christian and Orthodox currently.

interesting. How exactly do you see any difference between the 2? The reason I am asking is because I fail to see the difference.

I found that interesting as well. I think it is because many Protestants prefer to call themselves "Christian," sometimes as if that designation is their exclusive property. My girlfriend's father once said I was not a Christian because I was an RC  ???

i was baptised as an orthodox when I was 2. A friend of mine's mother is however a pentecostal. When I told her I am a christian. She was so surprised. What for? It's not like she is the only christian on the face of the earth. This is my wound ever since I can remember going to church. All the denomination claim authenticity, and treat you like you are a devil worshiper, just because you don't fit their agenda. This needs to stop. But I don't see it happening any time soon.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: quietmorning on December 08, 2012, 12:43:55 AM
Heinz57 Christian.  Raised Catholic, morphed into a Catholic Protestant. Went to both for many years.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Asteriktos on December 08, 2012, 12:45:29 AM
You had me at Heinz57  ;D
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Ruprecht on December 08, 2012, 12:57:29 AM
Roman Catholic - active and then "inactive" - for the first 51 years.  Then Orthodox for the past 15 years.  In fact, it was during a week long retreat at the start of my novice year as a Brother of the Sacred Heart (!!) that I was urged to move toward Orthodoxy.  In a small discussion group of four or five brothers, I asked the visiting Jesuit retreat master, where we could find the original Church of the Acts of the Apostles.  His answer (he was an Eastern Catholic) : look at Orthodoxy!  That was in 1964, I left the order in 1967, and it took me until 1997 to to complete the journey Eastbound.  A tortuous path, but worth the trip!
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: lovesupreme on December 08, 2012, 06:25:28 AM
1988-mid 2010: Secular agnostic
mid 2010-late 2011: Ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jew
late 2011-mid 2012: Reactionary atheist
mid 2012-late 2012: Spiritual wanderer
late 2012: Still a spiritual wanderer, but at least I've found Eastern Orthodoxy. ;D
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: tweety234 on January 09, 2013, 07:43:24 PM
I was Roman Catholic.

and what made you change?
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: tweety234 on January 09, 2013, 07:58:35 PM
I was Baptist.  Independent and Southern Baptist.

what changed you kerdy?
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: JamesR on January 09, 2013, 08:05:13 PM
Condemned  :D
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Феофан on January 11, 2013, 09:16:20 PM
It was pretty much all over for me but the wailing & gnashing of teeth!   ;D
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: WPM on January 11, 2013, 10:26:24 PM
Protestant
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Kerdy on January 11, 2013, 11:15:03 PM
I was Baptist.  Independent and Southern Baptist.

what changed you kerdy?

The truth.  I went looking for the truth and I found the truth.
Title: Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
Post by: Ioannis Climacus on January 11, 2013, 11:28:28 PM
Raised Methodist. Remained so nominally thoughout the earlier part of my life (I was more interested in radical political theory than religion). Flirted with Calvinism (inspired by Jonathan Edwards) for a while, but ultimately converted to Catholicism. Briefly studied in a seminary before leaving to discern Orthodox Christianity. Decided on World (Eastern) Orthodoxy. Went through stage of Orthodox nominalism and agnosticism before discovering Theosophy. I still attend weekly liturgy though (mostly to see family and friends).