- How do you know you are a child of God?I was baptized and chrismated.
I believe you are mistaken. Bit of a nerve, saying I think you are wrong about yourself, but let me explain. I do not mean I think you are not a child of God. But the scripture says "He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself" (John) and "it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God" (Paul). I suspect that you have the tesimony in yourself, that the Holy Spirit himself is bearing witness to your sonship (or should it be daughterhood?). Then, rightly feeling yourself to be a child of God, you mistakenly identify the source of this sense of assurance as your baptism and chrismation.
Now you know from what I wrote a few posts earlier about sacraments - that they convey the grace they portray - that I do believe that our baptism seals, or confirms, deepens, or settles our death and resurrection with Christ in our more conscious experience. Chrismation, of course, we don't have, but we do believe that a person receievs the Holy Spirit when he believes.
If baptism and chrismation themselves
brought about our new birth into children of God, then surely you would, in your society, have no people who might, later in life, look back on those events and say, "It all meant nothing... a hollow ritual, but it wasn't real." We have, regrettably, plenty of people from Baptist background who profess conversion and are baptised, but who, 10 or 20 years later perhaps, have no religion, never darken the doors of a church, and believe it was all a delusion. They live, and probably choose to die, without God. Surely there are such people also from an Orthodox background? Our assurance of sonship must dervive from something other than religious rituals, however good and biblical the performance of those rituals might be.