1. After intensive study I believe that the OC is the True Church.
Question for my Orthodox brethren and sistren, is it wrong to say I wanted to find the Church of Christ without the assistance of God or perhaps unconsciously he was guiding us into The Church eventhough we may not be in direct relationship with God (in prayer) to find it?
I guess for me I wanted to find it without just saying "Oh well God directed me here" because you could say that about any Church you go to and if it feels good to you then you can say God directed me there. So I had to pursue it intellectually and historically I think.
I am wary of going on my feelings, since the interpreter of those feelings (me) is such a slave to the passions. So I can see where you are coming from here.
One thing that was imminently helpful to me was to realize that "the Bible" isn't the only answer for why the Orthodox believe what we believe, but in fact the Bible read in its historic light and in the light of the understanding of the Fathers throughout history supports Orthodox doctrine. In a similar fashion, it was helpful to me that Orthodoxy has an historical claim to be the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Whereas my former view was "we are the rightful heirs to the Catholic Church because we believe the doctrine of the Bible (as we understood and interpreted it)," my current view as Orthodox is "we are the New Testament Church founded by Christ, which produced the Scriptures and rightly divides them, and which traces her doctrine back not to some allegedly correct view of the Bible, but in fact to Christ and His Apostles as a matter of history."
A question someone asked here recently (I forgot which thread, I apologize) is, paraphrasing, "if the Protestants are correct, where is the community of believers upholding their doctrine throughout the history of the Church? Did their Church disappear and then reappear later?" With Orthodoxy, that answer is pretty simply traced. With Protestants, at some point you run into Fathers who were considered Orthodox by both the Eastern and Western Churches teaching doctrines that were accepted by both the Eastern and Western Churches, but which refute Protestant understandings. When that happens, one has to wonder where the Protestant remnant went or, as I did, whether there ever was such a remnant. And that is true regardless of which brand of Protestantism one believes. For me, the doctrine that separated me from my Lutheran beliefs was intercession of the Saints. Once history made clear the Church had always requested this intercession and believed the Saints hear our requests and act on them, then I could either believe the Church apostatized in the 1st Century and did not recover until the 16th, or I had to believe Lutherans were wrong on this issue. I concluded they were wrong. Given the Lutheran claim to hold the Apostolic doctrine and that in their doctrine "there is nothing that varies from the Scriptures, or from the Church Catholic, or from the Church of Rome as known from its writers," I further concluded that, in fact, their doctrine varied from that of the true Catholic Church.
Then it was just a question of East or West. History informed that decision as well.