This is something that makes absolutely no sense to me no matter how I look at it. As I struggle more and more to control my passions and grow in godliness, the more I learn about how hard this really is. In the Scriptures, Jesus says that His yoke is easy and that His burden is light, and in the Old Testament, we see several instances where God says that He doesn't ask for too much from His people and that loving Him is so easy and everything etc. None of this makes sense to me. How could it be described as being so easy and light, when in reality, the entire Orthodox Christian life is a lifelong battle against our passions and struggling for God, carrying our own personal Crosses? Some of us--like most of the Disciples--were even martyred, many of us today--including myself--come from unsupportive families precisely because of our faith. We have to adhere to all this fasting periods, stand for two hours every Sunday morning, learn and keep learning, pray constantly, and we got all these moral rules on what we can and cannot do. It's pretty tough. I don't see how it is a "light" burden or how the yoke of God is "easy". It's probably harder than most religions to be honest, since western Christianity is just legalistic and thus somewhat easy to follow--since all you gotta do is adhere to a few rules and you're good--but being eastern, we have to truly improve on the inside and all of that other confusing, deeper stuff. Why can't it be simple and easy like western Christianity or even Islam--where all you have to do is follow five rules your entire life and you are good?