i have to agree to a point with virtual paradise, as i have met quite a few 'orthodox' romanians who are not sure if they believe in the existence of God, not to mention everything else that is not orthodox about their beliefs.
but there is change on the way, i believe.
jmbejdl's friends and other devout romanian orthodox Christians are praying for and working for change in the direction of strong belief and kind behaviour towards outsiders.
i realise my view point is skewed, as most of my romanian friends are protestants ('sectarians' / 'unbelievers' according to many orthodox Christians). they, similarly label the orthodox as 'pagan' and 'idol worshippers'.
i take care to correct both of these views whenever i can (i would like to label them 'extreme', but think 'common' is a more accurate adjective).
but i do have orthodox friends who are not so prejucided, and a protestant pastor friend who has a masters degree in theology from an orthodox seminary.
may God's love fill all the romanian churches and shine the light of orthodox Christianity everywhere.