Please don't take this as an insult because I am not using this to score points. But for an outsider it appears that to enter the EO Church one must check his/her brain at the door. How can I love and serve God if I don't know if he exists? In the western frame work its much easier for me to love God because I know he exists.
Really? How so?
Keep in mind I am not trying to score Easter vs. West points here, but I do pray and hope for an eventual reunion, however that might be accomplished. I am just confused about this particular aspect of the East and how an honest and seeking person can know Christianity is true, if there is no way to know it.
Your question is a fair one. I personally see of no rational way to know
that there is a God.
I'm currently taking an Astronomy class, and as is natural in the study of Astronomy, the discussion of the origins of the Universe came up. Of course the Big Bang theory basically says that there were a bunch of gases that were just there, and all of the sudden this energy came along, and badda-bing badda-boom (yes, I'm from Jersey
) you've got the beginning of the Universe.
My question is, "Since matter cannot be created nor destroyed, where did these gases and this energy come from?"
Scientists don't know. It just "is."
In my mind, this points to a Creator, i.e. God.
For me, another affirmation is the martyrdom of the Apostles. Eleven out of twelve went to not-so-fun deaths for Christ. They did not win fame, fortune, power, or glory for bearing witness to the Gospel, yet they did it anyway. In my mind, this points towards the validity of Christianity.
I am not an authority on the subject; never claimed to be. I'm sure there's some Desert Father out there who has written something on a scroll about the existence of God. I'm just not familiar with it.
I suppose in my search for the right faith, I had sorted out the existence of God before I came to understand the validity of Orthodoxy. At the time it was about finding the Church Christ had established; not about finding Christ.
I hope this makes sense.
Out of curiosity, what have the Fathers of the Catholic Church written on the subject?