I am so happy I found this board. I am in the process of reading all the posts and want to express my gratitude for all the information.
I am 61 years old, born and baptized a Roman Catholic but have not attended the RC church in years. I have been searching for the "right" church for many years and attended many different churches.
I went thru all the "born again" , charismatic, fundalmentalist, evangelical stuff, but really never felt satisfied with their teachings.
I really could never understand why there are so many different denominations and sects, all teaching different doctrine and claiming theirs was "the way".
My prayer has always been, Lord show me Your Way.
Our Lord said he would build His church, ( not churches) and the gates of Hell (or is it Hades?) would not prevail against it. I have felt very frustrated and confused. I had problems with many RC teachings (purgatory, Mary, may God forgive me!, and papal infallibility), because of the association with some of the Protestant churches I attended ( sola scriptura) but I also considered the fact tthat if I were to accept Protestant teaching I would have to admit that the church was in error for the first 15 centuries! I also never felt comfortable with the charimatic movement that was infiltrating the Lutheran church I recently attended.
A few months ago out of frustration I decided to go back in history and began reading about the first and second century fathers. This was not an easy task,and was leaning twoard the RC church, thinking that is was the church establised by Jesus. One day while watching EWTN, the Catholic channel, I saw an Othodox priest being interviewed by Mother Angelica! He give some brief history, explained some of the differences and opened a door for me. I decided to look into the Orthodox Church and did a search on the internet that led me to a couple of Orthodox web sites. Things began to make sense. I went to one of my local bookstores and found a couple of books, The Orthodox Church by Tomothy Ware- Bishop Kallistos, and Dancing Alone by Frank Shaeffer.
I have been in contact with a wonderful Priest here in Albany,NY who has been availiable to assist me in my journey. For the last few months, I have been attending services at a local church and soon will be making the decision to move forward with my personal journey.
I thank God that He in His mercy did not give up on me.