Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
I'll reply to you minsoalmin when I get a chance, but Orthodox Christians wouldn't say the only source for knowing about that god is from the Bible? The bible has numerous problems many of which should be enough on their own for any reasonable person to drop the belief IMO.
We do not rely on the Bible, neither solely nor even primarily. We take in the entire Tradition in all its cohesion and complexity, and this Tradition includes a rounded approach to worship based upon 1) organized, poetic prayer 2) religious texts such as the Bible but also including the Patristic Writings of the Church Fathers, the Canons, the Synaxarium (calendar of Saints' days), the Narratives of the Saints, the Psalter, the Divine Liturgy, the Hymnals, the Church music, the clothing, the dietary calendar/requirements, the socio-cultural expressions such as hugs, hand shakes and politeness, etc etc etc
Our Church is not caught up entirely in the Scriptures, because quite honestly our Church lives every aspect of the Scriptures through the mechanisms I posted above and a lifetime worth of more, indeed an eternity more!
We do not have specific scriptures or narratives of heaven (though to be sure Jesus Christ hints around at it several places of the Gospel when He says things like "The Kingdom of Heaven is as.." or "In the Kingdom" or the "The Kingdom of God is like unto..") because our entire life in Orthodox is a dress rehearsal for heaven, and all the aspects of our Church are heavenly. In Heaven we believe the Angels and the Saints continually cry before Our Lord chanting, "Holy Holy Holy." All the other prayers, songs, dances, clothing, mannerisms, chants, iconography, etc etc are all considered to be glimpses into the heavenly routine, and we believe the perfection of God in heaven allows for the Saints to live continually in eternal participation with these Mysteries, where as here on the earth we are limited to things such as hunger, thirst, sex, and fear, our carnal needs which supercede at times our spiritual needs. Heaven is complicated, we chose to focus on more realistic approaches, dealing with the present here and now where we are at today, as who can know tomorrow?
Yes I did. But I am trying to get a gauge on how you can claim the existence of a God in the Orthodox realm.
We do not claim an existence of God, we experience this existence, and we here can not reiterate enough to you and others, that we can not explain God neither do we ever sincerely attempt to. All we can do is witness what we have seen, felt and known, regardless if it is logically explainable or makes any sense, or if it even proves to be accurate or not. It is our experience and it is all we can share with you or anyone or ourselves, take it or leave it as it is.
Let me ask you the question quizmaster, have you ever honestly prayed to God and asked Him to reveal Himself, or have you only settled for asking all of us? Kyrie Eleison, ask Him yourself, He is much more eloquent at explaining Himself than any of us, its no wonder you aren't necessarily getting it, you keep wasting your breath on us, when God can easily speak for Himself if you give Him have as much chance you gave Newton or Einstein to explain quantum mechanics to you
Much like in math or music, it either clicks or it doesn't, you either get it or you don't, and you have to actually work through the examples, play through the music, in order to come to a complete realization. Thus it is also with God, we can tell you all the postulates, theorems, rules, laws, scales, harmonies etc etc, but in the end, until you go through the exercises yourself, its all merely hearsay, and honestly I understand completely why none of our hearsay makes sense to you and all seems absurd, until God reverberates in your own heart, all of it will seem nonsensical, and by the way, daily I must convene with God to reestablish these connections, because my life starts to get nonsensical to. Never forget that Christians' lives are not perfect, we are flawed, troubled and afraid as anyone else, which precisely why we cling to God in the first place, to find healing and consolation. It is not even or ever about the afterlife, it is about finding grace to get through today and hope for tomorrow.
When you say History, Sleeper, you point to the Resurrection correct?
Sure, among other things.
I think the hard part for seekers (not calling you one, just speaking generally) is that they really can't accept the fact that reason and logic will only take them so far in terms of "finding" God. But it's true. And many get hung up there and refuse to accept such a thing on those grounds. But it must be noted that it isn't anti-reason or anti-logic, but is rather farther up and deeper in, than either of those could ever take you.
It's a mysterious journey and it requires humility and honesty. Some just can't bring themselves to do it. I was that way once myself.
^ amen amen