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« on: September 26, 2009, 09:17:05 PM »

I was baptized as a baby into the Antiochian Orthodox Church (New York). My dad's side of my family is of this church. Somewhere in my early life my dad had a falling out with the church and my family never went to any services nor did my parents ever direct any spiritual exploration. It was "up to us". Over my teen years I developed an anti-Christian mindset as well as explored paganism. It was during the latter part of 2007 did I start feeling a real spiritual emptiness. But at that time I declared myself atheist and refused to look at religion to fill that void.

One night this past summer, I awoke with a feeling of euphoria that stuck with me for weeks. I cannot remember the dream, if there was one, and the euphoria would come in waves when I thought about God. Soon I started praying and worshiping God and reading the Bible, but I have little direction. My wife isn't a fan of organized religion (though she is spiritual), so church attendence would be solo, something that I dint want. I want to return to the faith I was baptized in, but I have years of mistakes and wrong paths to make up for, as well as respecting my wife's views. To top it off, I live in an area of very little Orthodox population.

My screen name, LostInTheWorld, was not chosen lightly.  Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2009, 09:19:20 PM »

Welcome to the forum!
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2009, 09:21:21 PM »

Welcome to the forum!

Thank you.
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2009, 09:26:00 PM »

If you want to look for a church near you, this can help:

http://orthodoxyinamerica.org/lr_v10/locator.php
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2009, 10:14:01 PM »

I want to return to the faith I was baptized in, but I have years of mistakes and wrong paths to make up for, as well as respecting my wife's views. To top it off, I live in an area of very little Orthodox population.

My screen name, LostInTheWorld, was not chosen lightly.  Tongue

Welcome to the forum. To make up for the mistakes you have done, find a church and explain your situation to a priest and go to confession and confess every sin that you've done (all that you can remember at least) and once you do, it will feel like a load of weight has been lifted off of your shoulders. Seek also spiritual direction from a priest to get yourself back into a relationship with Christ and His Church.
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2009, 02:06:29 AM »

Welcome to the forum!  May God protect you!
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2009, 07:13:12 AM »

LostInTheWorld,

Welcome!  We have many resources on this site, and across the 'net, to help you on your journey.  Remember that the Lord's mercy and grace can and will overcome all obstacles - so be of good cheer.  Heck, we've got an entire Sunday dedicated to "returning to God" (2nd Sunday of pre-Lent).
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2009, 09:29:06 AM »

Lost in the World,

Welcome to the Convert Issues Forum! I hope you will feel free to discuss issues that arise in your return to the Faith. I echo Cleveland's reminder that we all have been lost and we are all in the process of returningto the Most Holy Trinity, may your journey be successful.

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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2009, 09:13:30 PM »

I've just purchased The Orthodox Way. Is it as good as The Orthodox Church?
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« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2009, 09:32:22 PM »

Think of "The Orthodox Way" as Lossky for Dummies. It's a perfect theological gateway if you want to probe further, and stands up well on its own as a companion to the first.
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« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2009, 09:33:03 PM »

I've just purchased The Orthodox Way. Is it as good as The Orthodox Church?

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« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2009, 09:43:25 PM »

I was baptized as a baby into the Antiochian Orthodox Church (New York). My dad's side of my family is of this church. Somewhere in my early life my dad had a falling out with the church and my family never went to any services nor did my parents ever direct any spiritual exploration. It was "up to us". Over my teen years I developed an anti-Christian mindset as well as explored paganism. It was during the latter part of 2007 did I start feeling a real spiritual emptiness. But at that time I declared myself atheist and refused to look at religion to fill that void.

One night this past summer, I awoke with a feeling of euphoria that stuck with me for weeks. I cannot remember the dream, if there was one, and the euphoria would come in waves when I thought about God. Soon I started praying and worshiping God and reading the Bible, but I have little direction. My wife isn't a fan of organized religion (though she is spiritual), so church attendence would be solo, something that I dint want. I want to return to the faith I was baptized in, but I have years of mistakes and wrong paths to make up for, as well as respecting my wife's views. To top it off, I live in an area of very little Orthodox population.

My screen name, LostInTheWorld, was not chosen lightly.  Tongue

Welcome we are awaiting your return home.  If either I or anyone else here can help you in any way just send us a private email or post your questions here.

We are all sinners and have pasts we are not too proud of.  I returned to Orthodoxy after seventeen years of wandering.  God has a way of telling us to return when He feels it necessary.  With me I would have the same dream all the time.  In the dream I was standing on the side walk outside the Church I was baptised and raised listening to the Choir.  I decided God was telling me it was time I went inside the Church.  About the same time I found an Orthodox Church near where I lived that I never knew was there.  Went the next Sunday and was amazed the entire Liturgy was in English!  I was received with open arms in that little parish and joined three months later.  That was over 25 years ago.  After I joined I began to dream of being inside the Church and awake when a voice said, "Well done!'  This is all true.  God is speaking to you so listen to him.  You will be the better for it.  After I returned I have gone through two bouts with cancer and a heart attack.  Living alone I don't know how I would have survived without my church family since my immediate family is not near.  And the people I was hanging around with before I returned to the church, were never there when I needed them.  They were too secular and self centered.  God cared enough about me to prepare me for what was about to come.  That's how much He loved and cared about me.

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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2009, 01:50:34 AM »

How central are the Gospels to Orthodoxy?

I've been listening to Dr. Bradley Nassif's podcasts and he says we must put the Gospels as the center of Orthodoxy. I'm just wondering if this is a common view, or is he attempting to reform Orthodoxy?
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« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2009, 01:59:38 AM »

I've just purchased The Orthodox Way. Is it as good as The Orthodox Church?

fantastic book.
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« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2009, 02:56:36 AM »

How central are the Gospels to Orthodoxy?

I've been listening to Dr. Bradley Nassif's podcasts and he says we must put the Gospels as the center of Orthodoxy. I'm just wondering if this is a common view, or is he attempting to reform Orthodoxy?

The Gospels are very central to the Orthodox Catholic faith. You will hear over 100+ quotations directly from the Gospels during every Divine Liturgy.  During the 'little entrance' when the priest brings the Gospel thru the Deacons door to place it on the Altar Table before it is read, he will hold it above his his head as he walks to remind us that its contents are the word of God and above all and everything.  He will also proclaim in a loud voice "Wisdom, let us be attentive" to remind us that no words are more important than what is contained in the this book encsted in gold he is holding above his head.

One thing you will never see is an Orthodox priest carry the Gospel book under his arm, slap it, or slam it down like you see on TV by some of these so called TV Evangelists.

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