This thread is particularly for converts to Orthodoxy from Protestantism. In moving towards Orthodoxy, what role did the question of authority play?
I used to be RC, and I noticed that many Protestants who became Catholic based a large part of their decision on the question of authority: i.e. Scripture alone, or a Magisterium (Pope) to interpret Scripture. So far, I haven't met any converts to Orthodoxy from Protestantism who share the same strong emphasis on authority. The ones I've spoken with mention how Scripture is to be interpreted in the Church, and its place is in the Liturgy. They do not, however, emphasize the authority of the Orthodox Church, of the bishops of the Orthodox Church, to correctly interpret the Scripture, over and above laymen.
I'm wondering what converts to Orthodoxy from Protestantism think of this emphasis on authority, and how they approached the question in relation to becoming Orthodox. Did you find that authority means something different than what you grew up believing?
In any case, I'm interested in hearing what you have to say.
I'm just happy to have an actual real Bishop. I use to read about them in the writings of early Christians. Baptists don't normally have Bishops, and I know they don't have the kind we got.....well, I shouldn't say I know for you might find one somewhere......there are alot of different protestant groups trying to get one these days.
But I knew for a long time that in E.O. every Bishop was equal(at least in theory)........I could be wrong, but I think I saw that (many many years ago) in the Apostolic Constitions as well, I could have read the samething in some of the works of early christians.
But real Authority (in E.O.) seems to be the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Many many years ago, what kepted me safe from the pitfalls of higher criticism was what I read from an Orthodox lady (on the internet). I don't know if it was an article or a forum, but her words stuck with me forever.
It had something to do about being asked if she had trust in the Bible. Her answer was no, she said, She has Trust in God, and through Him she is able to trust the Bible.
That's not what she said in verbatim, but it was something like that. But anyway, that blew me away, for if all your eggs are in Trusting scripture then any Muslim apologist, Militant college Atheistic professor, or Liberal/Modernist higher critical scholar can take your Faith away by making you doubt by using some of the difficulties found in the KJV(King James Bible).
My college friend lost his faith when an Atheistic Engineering professor was trying to evangelize/convert him to Atheism. He finally ended up crashing down when he read a Biblical commentary from a higher critical /modern scholar (a former chaplen of the school)
When I saw that happened, that's when I said......."oh no". My friend later gained his faith back when he got envolved in the Charismatic movement. He told me that he spoke in tongues and was able to read the whole(protestant) Bible in one day......or something like that.....but anyway, he got his faith back.
The same is true if you put all your eggs in a Bishop(like the Bishop of Rome). If he does something immoral then that will cause alot of people to loose faith.
So my Authority(all my eggs) is in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and through God it is in everything else.........like the Church, and Holy Tradition and all the things within Holy Tradition......like Scripture, Great Church Councils, Church Fathers, the Liturgy, Icons.......ect.