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What is "happy"?
Inb4 someone makes a Pharrell reference.
What is "happy"?
The ancient and direct connection to the apostles and Jesus!
I find that there are problems you face when you use the argument, "Well I believe in the Bible!"--like a lot of people at the church I went to when I was in college. I was amazed to find the OC church and its ties to the Traditions of the apostles. You won't find that direct connection at a Methodist or Baptist church for example.
How come Horoscopes are so accurate then? I mean the personal ones?
What do you have in the Church that tops that?
They're a bunch of foggy-headed pagan garbage.
The stars are gas, millions of miles away.
The problems are as follows:
1. Lack of education - Standard practice in the Coptic Church is to ordain the most enthusiastic and dedicated servant without sending him to seminary or disabusing him of any heterodox ideas he may hold. After ordination, many priests are left casting about on their own with very little guidance or structure, and virtually no support system when it comes to something like "mission", so they end up sprinting down the dead end alleys of Evangelicalism and Charismatism. Since no one has articulated Orthodox ecclesiology to them, they think the Evangelical megachurch they see on TV is in some imperfect way part of the Church and therefore worthy of emulation.
2. Lack of episcopal oversight - Notice that most of the problem areas in the Coptic Church (see qawe's post) are in unicorporated territory, i.e. territory without a seated bishop belonging to the nebulous "Archdiocese of North America". The bishop of these priests is nominally the Pope of Alexandria, but in reality each is, for all intents and purposes, his own bishop. No one can call him on his errors in any authoritative way.
3. Scholasticism - The idea that worship is theology hasn't penetrated here, so the idea that as long as I maintain a minimum of intellectual ideas I hold to be Orthodox somewhere up in the old memory banks (the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, praying with the saints, etc.) I can worship any way I like prevails.
4. Lack of courage - Other than H.G. Anba Abanoub, H.G. Anba Suriel, and a handful of other courageous hierarchs (may God preserve their lives), most authority figures are afraid to call priests they disagree with out in public for fear of upsetting their rabid teenage fanclub (or more accurately, the rich parents of said teenage fanclub - thanks for the correction, Stavro!) and are fearful of causing a schism, so they allow the wound to fester rather than taking decisive action.
It's truly a sad state of affairs. Conscientious laity have to begin to get involved. I'm truly loathe to name names - I'd rather address the problem than the man - but the conversation needs to take place. Orthodoxy and heterodoxy can't coexist in the same body, and the Coptic Church needs to decide which side of the fence it is on.
What is "happy"?
Just got back from a long weekend at the family cabin where they are all Protestants (some ELCA, but the rest pretty much non-denom). Why do Protestants insist on holding hands (e.g. in a circle) when praying (e.g. before a meal)? I've never gotten that. We can't be unified without holding hands (as if we are anyway if not everyone holding hands believes the same, or even believes in God)?
It's a Calvinist custom that was originally invented to keep people from making the sign of the cross.