First off ...
I forgot to say welcome to OC.net ! , I hope you find it the blessing that I have.
Thanks, Oblio, you guys are so nice! I haven't had a chance to check out the other threads here, but I will when time permits.
So you can share your faith in most all of the forums
Forgive me for asking (I'm still smarting from cyber-confessing at CBBS), but is this true ? Or would we be censored as we were at CBBS if we tried to share Orthodox beliefs outside our forum.
You have to be careful when posting in the group of forums called "Congregation". Congregation is made up of:
1-Non-Denominational/ Reformed/ Protestant Room
2-One Bread, One Body - Catholic Discussions
3-Eastern Orthodox & Coptic Christianity
5-Interdenominational Doctrinal Debate
"One Bread, One Body Forum", that forum belongs to the Roman Catholics. Basically, you or I can post there and ask any question about the RCC, with respect of course. But we aren't allowed to debate with them *in their forum*. And, you couldn't post anything that "promoted" Orthodoxy, but again, that's only when posting in the OBOB forum.
The rules are the same for the Orthodox Forum. For example, I am free to post questions to you in the Orthodox Forum, but I can NOT promote Protestantism in your forum, and I can't debate with you in your forum. But Orthodox members are free to debate each other in the Orthodox Forum, as are Catholics free to debate each other in their forum, ditto the Protestants in the Reformed Forum.
This sounds so complicated!
But it's really not. Everything is designed to give everyone their own "safe place", where you can post without any worries, and other people can come in and ask you polite questions about your Church. And then the Interdenominational Debate Forum is where RCC, Protestants, Orthodox, and Messianic Jews are all allowed to freely debate each other.
I would suggest reading the rules that pertain to a particular forum before posting there. Also, there are general rules that apply to all the forums, so you should read those too. It's all fairly easy, and no one is banned unless they are constantly breaking rules. I think you get 7 warnings before getting banned, but banning is mostly for trolls and obvious troublemakers. You would get a LOT of warning before you ever got banned. Basically, don't worry about getting banned.
And even if so, I would think (IMHO of course) that a honest non-Christian seeker should be able to ask questions in the Orthodox forum.
You know, I think you have a valid point there.
I'll bring it up with Erwin. Who knows?.....He might change the rule IF he knew that the Orthodox members wanted non-Christians posting in their forum! But you must understand, we have as many as 15-20 atheists at CF, and they would "storm" your forum if they were allowed to post there. But again, if they were only allowed to ask questions, and not debate, I can see where it could be a good thing!
Sorry for such a long post!!