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What were you before you were Orthodox?
« on: November 29, 2012, 10:31:22 AM »
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2012, 10:43:58 AM »
I was Roman Catholic.

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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2012, 10:51:02 AM »
Evangelical Lutheran.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2012, 10:53:13 AM »
I was raised in a Stone-Campbell movement Church of Christ and then a few non-denominational, Baptist-ish, evangelical churches.

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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2012, 10:55:24 AM »
I was Roman Catholic.

Wait, I thought you were still Catholic? When where you received?

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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2012, 10:56:36 AM »
Lots of things. I was baptised Anglican but raised as though I was Lutheran (my mother was weirdly disparaging about Anglicanism but still thought it was the closest thing - and we still went to Lutheran services when the opportunity arose). I had various forays into other faiths and non-faiths in my teens and early 20s, but kept coming back to sort of non-specific Protestant Christianity. The two most serious non-Christian phases would be my year or so as an avowed (and fairly active) atheist anarcho-communist and my two years as a practicing Karma Kagyu Buddhist. The former was naive teenage idealism so didn't last. The latter started benign but ended up slightly scary. Both of these periods were diversions in my back and forth, round about, 7 year journey from Anglican/Lutheran to Orthodoxy and on a personal note were probably necessary - I'm just glad that I never really settled in either one.

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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2012, 11:14:10 AM »
I was Roman Catholic.

Wait, I thought you were still Catholic? When where you received?

I haven't been yet. Just wanted to note that I grew up in that other place.

Sorry for any confusion.  :)

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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2012, 11:35:50 AM »
I was Roman Catholic.

Wait, I thought you were still Catholic? When where you received?

I haven't been yet. Just wanted to note that I grew up in that other place.

Sorry for any confusion.  :)

Lol, don't be. It really doesn't take much to throw me off.

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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2012, 12:34:44 PM »
I am still technically Catholic.

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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2012, 12:51:23 PM »
Roman Catholic, and for ten years before that nothing, and before that (ages 0-14) Presbyterian.

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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2012, 12:52:19 PM »
Roman Catholic
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2012, 01:08:36 PM »
Stone Campbell "Christian Church" something or another.

EDIT: we took communion weekly, so thats good I guess.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2012, 01:51:33 PM »
Mormon  :o
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2012, 02:14:02 PM »
In order:
Roman Catholic (baptized, never confirmed)
Some kind of deist
Protestant (Wesleyan holiness/crazy)
Nothing in particular
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2012, 03:00:10 PM »
High-church Emergent Baptipalian.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2012, 03:13:37 PM »
Crazy Fundamentalist (aspiring Bob Jones U, baby!)
Southern Baptist
Independent Non-denominational
Deist
Agnostic
Currently attend DL by myself and go to a Methodist Church w/ family to make my wife happy.


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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2012, 03:15:37 PM »
I was Orthodox before, but I'm sort of in between Christian and Orthodox currently.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #17 on: November 29, 2012, 03:28:54 PM »
Born an Orthodox (Sunnite-Hanefi) Muslim.

Deist for a short time and then wanted to establish my own religion at the age of 13!  ;D

Prior to baptism I attended the Roman Catholic Church for 3 years, got catechism.

Baptized in the Arabic Orthodox parish (Antiochian diocese), God-mother is Lutheran!

Currently a member of the Greek Orthodox parish.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2012, 04:16:21 PM »
Born into Pentecostal (Assembly of God)
Baptised into Southern Baptist (@ 15)
Attended Military Protestant services for a couple of decades (exposed to many different Protestant denominations)
Searched for a church in the area that I settled into
Thought that the search had ended with the Methodists
Met my Greek Orthodox fiance
Joined the Orthodox Church
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2012, 04:35:42 PM »
Baptized Roman Catholic age 9
Nominal christian from age 10-20
Tried to be a angry athiest from 20-33, cursed at God a lot!!!
Conservative Baptist age 33-45 though my path into Orthodoxy started 3 years ago.
Baptized and Chrismated into the Orthodox Church this last August.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #20 on: November 29, 2012, 05:04:08 PM »
Nothing until the age of 7
7 - 14 Roman Catholic (bud didn't know that there is sth like e.g papal infability)
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #21 on: November 29, 2012, 06:33:59 PM »
dead or unborn?

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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2012, 06:48:50 PM »
a sperm  8)
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2012, 07:06:33 PM »
a twinkle in my dads eye

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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #25 on: November 29, 2012, 07:19:13 PM »
Baptized Lutheran as an infant, raised but not baptized as a Pentecostal, attended Lutheran, Orthodox and occasionally RC services for a time, Chrismated Orthodox.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #26 on: November 29, 2012, 07:39:05 PM »
Lutheran, then Presbyterian, and Non-Denominational. The latter two due to moving to the middle nowhere and thinking that driving to a Lutheran Church 40 minutes away was just too far, now we drive almost two hours to church.:)
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #28 on: November 29, 2012, 08:29:15 PM »
Non-religious, raised by what I'd call secular agnostics.
Atheist, pagan/pantheist, hedonist, gnostic/hermeticism/occult dabbler, Vedantist, Buddhist, Perennialist...
Orthodox (not necessarily in that order or without some overlap and general waffling back and forth).
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #29 on: November 29, 2012, 08:57:20 PM »
Born and raised a nominal Protestant.
Became a fundamentalist Evangelical Protestant in my early teens, mostly affiliated with Church of Christ and Church of God.
Burned out quickly and became a militant atheist, with some spurts of deism and neo-Paganism.
Fell in love with Pure Land Buddhism, and became a pseudo-Buddhist.
Dated a Mormon girl and converted to the LDS church.
Left the LDS  and found Orthodoxy.
And here I am today.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #30 on: November 29, 2012, 10:26:37 PM »
Raised Roman Catholic/Southern Baptist mix.
So infant baptism and then believer's baptism at 15.
Non-denominational, then 5 point Calvinist, then disillusioned whateverist.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2012, 12:04:45 AM »
A fool.

Now at least I am an Orthodox fool.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #32 on: November 30, 2012, 02:26:13 AM »
Born an Orthodox (Sunnite-Hanefi) Muslim.
Cool. You must know a lot of fascinating things.

Baptized in the Arabic Orthodox parish (Antiochian diocese), God-mother is Lutheran!
How does that happen???

Lutheran
Non-denominational (followed family) (In the middle, while away at college, I sort of did "the good Protestant" [my words] evangelical club and spent some time at the Catholic club center)
Briefly attended a somewhat emergent church (moved, did not attend for a bit, was embarrassed to go back)
Sort of nominal non-denom in a generic sense rather than denominational sense-(I'd had a very rough, slightly traumatic year)
Joined an Assembly of God club at school that was not highly denominational.
Attended a moderately at a spiritually healthy Baptist church (yes, yes, I know, it's as far as Protestants go, but they had the fruit of the spirit and such...)
Messianic
Bad little Armenian/Oriental Orthodox
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #33 on: November 30, 2012, 02:35:22 AM »
Evangelical Lutheran.

The heck? You're an Arab. I thought without a doubt that you were raised Orthodox either under Antioch, Jerusalem or Alexandria.

OP: I was a weirdo Evangelical-Buddhist-Secular type of guy all blended together.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #34 on: November 30, 2012, 03:30:46 PM »
between 0-2 nothing. After 2 I was baptized as an orthodox. I am 26 years old now. And I am still not sure why i am orthodox. But I definitely know why I don't want to be of any other denomination. That is because, all other denominations, are too legalistic. They pay too much attention on the behaviour itself, than what lies behind it. I don't like how they are treating people like criminals. Sin is a condition. Full stop. Not a crime you commit.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #35 on: November 30, 2012, 06:15:47 PM »
They pay too much attention on the behaviour itself, than what lies behind it.
I see this happen too often.  Not so often in Orthodox Christianity.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #36 on: December 01, 2012, 12:51:02 AM »
Evangelical Lutheran.

The heck? You're an Arab. I thought without a doubt that you were raised Orthodox either under Antioch, Jerusalem or Alexandria.

OP: I was a weirdo Evangelical-Buddhist-Secular type of guy all blended together.
There are lots of non-Orthodox Christians in the places that we like to think of as Orthodox.

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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #37 on: December 01, 2012, 01:10:27 AM »
Catholic (please forgive me, for my ignorance and foolishness).
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #38 on: December 01, 2012, 02:14:07 AM »
Bad little Armenian/Oriental Orthodox
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #39 on: December 01, 2012, 02:25:09 AM »
Well let's see, nothing really.

Believed in abortion, especially in cases of rape. Tolerance of everyone's opinions and religion. Had alot of promiscuous sex. Believed in karma (or atleast the whole balancing of the universe thing). Believed in heaven but put that on the backburner along with God.

It took some serious heart crushing to investigate what I believed in, so I'm thankful to God for that.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #40 on: December 01, 2012, 02:33:35 AM »
Bad little Armenian/Oriental Orthodox
Anastasia, lead us not into temptation.


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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2012, 02:35:20 PM »
Bad little Armenian/Oriental Orthodox
Anastasia, lead us not into temptation.


??? Did I do something wrong?

I don't ascribe to fundamentalist dictates on my life as much as I used to, because paying too much attention to that can be a little detrimental and gets me rule focused instead of God focused (I'd rather be wrong but honest than fake being someone I am not, and I am still pretty conservative), and I have much to learn in Orthodoxy.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2012, 02:50:05 PM »
No, you didn't. That "Huh" was to Nicholas' response. Mainly, I just love using that smiley.

I can definitely relate to your outlook, as I'm still recovering from a similar minutiae-focused viewpoint (I'm ex-RC, and I guess it takes a while to get rid of...haha). May God help us both grow in the Orthodox faith.






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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #43 on: December 01, 2012, 02:56:00 PM »
No, you didn't. That "Huh" was to Nicholas' response. Mainly, I just love using that smiley.

I can definitely relate to your outlook, as I'm still recovering from a similar minutiae-focused viewpoint (I'm ex-RC, and I guess it takes a while to get rid of...haha). May God help us both grow in the Orthodox faith.
My huh was to Nicholas as well. He might be playing, but I'm feeling a little touchy about that right now. I almost converted to Catholicism some years ago. I still liked it very much, then I had an Antiochian boss, and the rest is history.
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Re: What were you before you were Orthodox?
« Reply #44 on: December 01, 2012, 03:09:00 PM »
Yeah, I feel the same way. I'm glad that I was Roman Catholic for the time I was. It was very helpful/formative, and just the same, I'm glad I'm not there anymore. :)