Stop digging? How can I do that? I am not called to do merely those things, not in this age where we have thousands of books at our disposal, can talk with priests (and bishops) online in seconds, etc. No, we are called to much more. But then, I think Christians were always called to much more than you are saying. Would it have been right for a monophysite or origenist to say "well, I'll just stay where I am and do my best. that'll be good enough."?
When judgment day comes, I'm not going to take the chance of Jesus saying "why did you settle for that surface stuff? How shallow you are! You never knew me because you always settled for what was at hand. You were never willing to take the chance you'd get upset or actually have to struggle. You were afraid to dig deep enough to find me, and therefore I never knew you." I'll be blunt Xenia, what you propose sounds like a one way ticket to condemnation to me. Whether I'm right or not about all these jurisdictions is irrelevant in relation to what you are saying: we should never stop digging or exploring: if and when we do, we are spiritually dead. I used to wish I could stop digging, oddly enough that's the reason I became ROCOR. I thought that then I could "settle down and focus on my own sinfulness and spirituality". While there's a doubt, however--while there's a chance that you could be in the wrong place, you can't stop digging. Even if it is only digging every once in a while when you spot something making a bit of a mound in the ground.
Are you saying the differences between Orthodox jurisdictions are analogous to the differences between the 1st-century sectarians and heretics you name above?
1) Acceptance of heterodox sacraments (baptism, eucharist, etc.); 2) Telling parishioners to attend heterodox churches and receive sacraments from them; 3) Continued participation in the pan-heretical ecumenical movement.
Yes, I'd say they are roughly equivalent lapses. Saint Vincent of Lerins, in his discussion of the Galatians where Paul discusses "those who preach a different Gospel," says that this passage is valid for all time. It is just as true in today's lapses as it was for the judaizers and so forth.
Who decides when the differences are important enough to interrupt communion and create a schism?
Are you saying there are Orthodox jurisdictions preaching errors that are the equivalent of those of the Judaizers and Gnostics?
Some jurisdictions today are worse.
I wonder about a group that was created in a crisis, whose autonomy was apparently meant to be temporary and to last only as long as the crisis lasted, maintaining its separate existence long after the crisis has passed.
I wonder about people who can't see that things change and sometimes, even when the crisis is over, new problems remain. No one could have forseen the rise of so prominent a heresy--a pan-heresy--as ecumenism. No one knew Sergianism would be held to even when the crisis was supposedly
over. No one knew that most of world Orthodoxy would be running towards a cliff, and that the Church hierarchy in the Mother land attached at the hip with these people running towards a cliff. Ahh, but let's pretend that there are no problems, and that it's just all political stuff for the bishops to solve, and we need not worry ourselves.
This in a nation that has an autocephalous church granted its autocephaly by the same Mother Church that gave the group in question its temporary, crisis autonomy.
Actually Saint Tikhon made it possible for ROCOR to exist. And few recognized the autocephaly of the OCA at the time; Constantinople and ROCOR still don't (and there are probably others). The autocephaly of the OCA is not canonical, though. Can a church under such a yoke make such decisions in an Orthodox manner? The MP is not the Mother Church, it is a communist creation. The MP may have a part to play in the eventual pan-Russian synod, but not because it is the mother church! If anything, it will be like Meletios of Antioch in the fourth century... UNcanonical before, but now accepted because of an Orthodox faith.
It might behoove those who would remain separate to find continuing crises wherever they may be found.
And it might be in the best interests of the comforted to find rationalizations to stay comfortable and cozy in their bed, even when someone is yelling "fire! fire!". Because there, in fact, is a fire, whether you want to wake up and figure out what to do about it or not. Ignoring it won't make the fire go out.