Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
All of the 'tradition stuff', 'liturgical worship stuff', 'historical art forms' rituals, set prayers etc.. as you put it.. are all religious activities....they are the exact things that hinder people from seeing the truth of Christ.. Its simply idolatry. They are traditions of men. Not traditions of God. These ritualistic, or religious, vain, activities - I hate. And, as far as the bible is concerned, Christ hates also. Whats worse is they are practiced in His name.
These listed above, also hinder us as Christians from being set apart from false religions such as islam, hinduism, scientology, JW's and any others you can think of.
Wow. Good luck with that hate
In the Orthodox Church, liturgical worship and prayer bring is CLOSER to Christ, and we pray He brings you closer to Him as well. Worship is a process of Synergy, which is "working together" with God, and of course is a completely Scriptural concept, just look at Mark 16:20
And 1161 they 1565 went forth 1831 , and preached 2784 every where 3837, the Lord 2962 working with 4903 [them], and 2532 confirming 950 the word 3056 with 1223 signs 4592 following 1872 . Amen 281.http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Mar&c=16&v=1&t=KJV#comm/20
Those are Strong's Concordance references, and what is the Greek term used for "working with them"
4903 συνεργέω synergeō from Syn (together) and Ergon (an act, to deed, a thing done)
The liturgical worship is synergy with God, we act together with God in prayer, through the Divine Mysteries, by receiving His Holy Communion. I am sorry you misunderstand us, but we are completely Scriptural.
Apostle Peter forewarned us long ago to be wary of folks who twist and distort the Scriptures away from their meanings within the Church who gave them birth,
His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.
We receive our teaching from two thousand years of continuous history and the foundation of the very authors and early translators and transmitters of the Bible, the question my friend who is it that you get your interpretations from?
I pray for you, me, and us all.