I am sorry that you feel insulted by criticisms of your views. I myself would have been invigorated by such critiques and delved into the subject deeper. But, different strokes for different folks....
I don't feel insulted by criticisms. I feel insulted by insults
--I've been called 'dumb,' 'closed-minded,' and 'myopic.' I can tell the difference between insults and criticisms. Saying I was something I was not is the very reason I didn't need to bother reading the rest of that post.
If my opinions mean I'm dumb, closed-minded, and myopic, then this is just another cabal. I could have stayed in the cabal I was already in. Going from one cabal to another cabal is a lateral move, right?
You can NOT win an argument with a Protestant. Period. In order to win an argument with a Protestant, you must interpret scripture the exact same way they do, or from get-go, the presumption is that you are wrong. End up somewhere far away from Protestant interpretation, and you're as far away from being Protestant as you can get, and the less Protestant you are, the more wrong you are. To win an argument with a Protestant, you must arrive at Protestant conclusions. If you arrive at any other conclusions, you are automatically wrong. If you arrive at Protestant conclusions, you are right, which means the Protestant is still right because now you have agreed with them. If that doesn't sound completely insane, then go back and read it again and again and again, because completely insane is exactly what that is. There is NO way to win a scriptural or doctrinal argument with a Protestant. That's not dumb, closed-minded, or myopic. It's reality.
As to whoever it was who said converting others was somehow my job, no. Period. I didn't undertake to convert to Orthodoxy in order to subject myself or be subjected by others to more stress, anxiety, and mindless noise than already exists in my life. People choose their own paths. I started attending Orthodox liturgy in order to find God and find peace, not to get into pointless, un-winable verbal battles with sheep grazing in other fields. Not my job. Has never been my job. Will never
be my job. Period. End of story.
If someone can't state their opinions without calling other posters names, then they're just never going to be able to tell the difference between insults and criticisms, in which case I'll just take a hike and then no one on this board has to worry about any more of my opinions.