Over the years in my search for the truth of the Christian Faith,I realized that a major paradigm shift had occured in my understanding Both God and the Scriptures,and it mainly has to do with my views of Sacred Scripture,I realized that I tried to look at them as a "point-by-point" treatise on Christian Doctrine,but whatever doctrines I derived from them,were only there because I allowed my own preconceived notions,and biases influence what I was seeing,and if those changed,then so did the understanding of the text,but this over time became too subjective,human emotion,and reason became the deciding factor on what I embraced as "the Truth". I then came to the conclusion that I had been viewing Scripture wrongly.
The Scriptures are a "Narrative" a collection of Stories. Justin Martyr calls them,especially the New Testament "Memiors of the Apostles". And should be viewed as such,and that their nature is primarily one of exhortation,admonition,or the rebuke of wrong teaching,and immorality,Once I saw this, then I realized that there had to be another context into which to view these various "memiors". There had to be a living tradition,a way of life,within a community, that these events could be rightly understood,and hence my journey towards Orthodoxy begins,and it is only in light of this,that we can rightly know what God has to say to each of us.