I have chosen the name Trifecta because if I convert to Orthodoxy I will have run the trifecta of Christianity. I grew up Roman Catholic, became a Protestant in college, and now am considering conversion to Orthodoxy. I am not officially a Catechumen yet, but I have attended classes. I am in dialogue with some people about why I am considering Orthodoxy.
If a Christian were to ask you why they should convert to Orthodoxy, what would you tell them?
Here is what I have so far--in no particular order:
1) no theological liberalism - no one in Orthodoxy denies the divinity of Christ or the resurrection or adds crazy things like worshipping other gods.
2) beauty in worship - The use of the five senses in worship shows God's magnificant work in creating us. This includes, of course, icons and incense.
3) cloud of witnesses - the church building reminds us of those faithful who have preceded us and (in some way) look over us.
4) Apostolic faith - The faith is passed to us going back to the apostles. It has history, and its continuance is not dependent on the whim of an inspiring preacher or leader.
5) Developed theology but with a place for mystery - Most theological issues have been discussed during the 2000 year history of the church so strange doctrine is not likely to find its way in. At the same time, the church acknowledges the mystery of God and our inability to understand Him entirely.
6) Lack of emphasis on the individual - Reflecting an Eastern perspective, the focus on the Orthodox isn't on how the church can help me (as in many Protestant churches).
7) Emphasis on history and preservation of the faith - Certain groups, especially more charismatic and Pentecostals, claim that God is revealing new things to them. Their lack of appreciation of history usually leads to arrogance.
Humbleness before God. Above all else, this is emphasized, and is perhaps the most important aspect of a Christian. I think too much focus on how well we know scripture or how many good works we perform takes away from this attitude.
9) Emphasis on the Trinity - Rarely do Protestants talk about the Spirit and the idea of God communing with Himself (there must be a theological term for this, but I don't know it). I am reminded of the Trinity in each Orthodox service.
What am I missing? Anyone care to submit their own list. I don't want to miss anything.