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Offline Justin Kissel

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What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« on: February 15, 2013, 09:05:01 AM »
In another thread:


We should do a census of what spurred the conversion non-Orthodox, to Orthodoxy.  Just what was that initial spark of interest.  Then we could light that same spark in others.

So without going into a whole essay about it or telling your "conversion story," just simply in a paragraph or two, what led you to Orthodoxy? (If possible try to keep in mind what would be relevant as far as how the results could be reproduced and help others.)
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2013, 09:23:07 AM »
The Chicago Police Department.

And of course a lot of study.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013, 11:14:34 AM »
The Lutheran Church's discernment process for the ordained ministry.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2013, 11:54:05 AM »
I looked into Roman Catholicism, and by chance learned about Orthodoxy.

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2013, 11:57:05 AM »
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2013, 12:06:37 PM »
Long story short - the lack of a cross in our old church.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2013, 12:07:55 PM »
I've always had a curiosity about Orthodoxy from the first time I got a whiff of it.  At some point as I learned more the Truth became obvious and irresistible.

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2013, 12:13:43 PM »
I became convinced, mostly through the Scripture, that Christ had founded a Church, and that it was meant to be an ongoing, visible thing. I began searching, mostly on the internet at first, and came across Orthodoxy as one of the options.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2013, 12:45:03 PM »
Well, I'm not exactly Orthodox anymore so this is probably irrelevant, but for me it was quite simply the bible. The only churches that match what is described in Bible are the Catholic church, EO and OO.

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2013, 12:51:33 PM »
I got tired or how so many of my Protestant friends (and myself a long time ago) bashed Catholics and their beliefs, so I did a little research for myself to see if these claims were true. They werent. And I found out about Orthodoxy along the way.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2013, 12:51:46 PM »
Through the scriptures, prayers and being in the western parth of the church for 2 1/2 I did realize that the church that Christ had founded was and is indeed the true church with it fullness, tradition and a strong link between heaven and earth and human and God.

I spent time asking and chatting with many orthodox people online, watch clips of the liturgy and began reading. On may 5th 2012 I attended my first vigil and have never looked back since. It has been a learningfilled way so far with ups and downs (as expected).

So what do I think so far? Home! Love! Fullness. It is the best way to describe it.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2013, 12:54:12 PM »
My wife got pregnant.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2013, 01:00:36 PM »
I wanted to find the original church, not some Johnny-come-lately understanding of how folks think it was.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2013, 01:03:55 PM »
My wife got pregnant.

Takes note: one good evangelism method is someone getting pregnant.  This is the kind of [evangelism] I can get behind! (double entendre removed)
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2013, 01:57:48 PM »
My wife got pregnant.

Takes note: one good evangelism method is someone getting pregnant.  This is the kind of [evangelism] I can get behind! (double entendre removed)
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2013, 01:59:54 PM »
My wife got pregnant.

Takes note: one good evangelism method is someone getting pregnant.  This is the kind of [evangelism] I can get behind! (double entendre removed)
Removed?

I didn't think anyone would have their mind in the gutter and find the other one. You people let me down.

The original statement was: "This is the kind of missionary work I can get behind. Wait, that's not right..."
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2013, 03:10:52 PM »
Cradle  RC, started looking in to the issue of authority based on history, mainly as a matter of apologetics to protestants, became convinced of the truth of Orthodoxy.

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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2013, 03:20:41 PM »
Cradle  RC, started looking in to the issue of authority based on history, mainly as a matter of apologetics to protestants, became convinced of the truth of Orthodoxy.

Interesting that some RCs, upon learning I have left the RCChurch (or communion with it, being EC for the last 2 years), ask me if someone didn't explain the faith well to me which is why I left.  I wonder how they would react if Orthodoxy was explained well to them.

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2013, 03:23:30 PM »
I wanted to find a home.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2013, 04:29:22 PM »
The prospect of finding a new church

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2013, 04:37:37 PM »
What led me to Orthodoxy?  Christ and Philokalia

Previous unchurched, had personal epiphany of Christ that removed any doubt and filled me with love of God.  Quite an unforgettable and unmistakeably powerful experience. Was alone and prayed a heartfelt prayer to Christ, in whom I hadn't believed, and forgave everyone in my life as far as I possibly could.  Then five years of making horrible mistakes (living by secular mores) and watched myself descend back into hell on earth.  Thought I should maybe try to learn how to be a Christian, though I was never a joiner and didn't like groups, started praying for God to help me find a church and began looking.  

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2013, 04:41:29 PM »
It was historically established by the Apostles and everything else was born from schism. I figured that the most logical thing to do was join the oldest Church since they were probably most likely to be the most original and authentic.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2013, 04:51:37 PM »
The Eastern Catholicism subforum on CAF. Thank you Cavaradossi.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2013, 04:57:53 PM »
The Eastern Catholicism subforum on CAF. Thank you Cavaradossi.

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« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2013, 04:59:14 PM »
While I am not a convert what struck my initial ‘interest’ was a football article. Don’t laugh ;) I’m a Steeler fan.

The best way to witness is the way we live our lives. Troy Polamalu strikes me as a man of peace, grace, and humility. One Google search to the next and I began to learn about Orthodox history, theology, found Orthodoxsermons.org, and this web site as well. I soon realized the ‘ancient Church’ John Wesley referenced and revered is very much still alive and doing well!!

As I continue to learn I continue to find appreciation and though I have not felt God has led me to convert at this point Orthodoxy has already made a wonderful difference in my (and my families) spiritual life. My daughter has recently become a catechuman in fact. Glory be to God.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #25 on: February 15, 2013, 05:13:30 PM »
I would also like to add that discussions on a much-a-like forum like this in the western church and help, info and useful advices in different ways from Choy, cavardossi and dzheremi.

At a given time I must have driven them to the edge with all my questions (born curious).
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #26 on: February 15, 2013, 05:59:56 PM »
I wonder how they would react if Orthodoxy was explained well to them.

Probably like you did  ;)!
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #27 on: February 15, 2013, 06:05:48 PM »
What led me to Orthodoxy?

This road in front of the church parking lot.

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« Reply #28 on: February 15, 2013, 06:51:55 PM »
I wonder how they would react if Orthodoxy was explained well to them.

Probably like you did  ;)!

I'm not sure right now if that is a good thing or a bad thing :P

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
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The best way to witness is the way we live our lives. Troy Polamalu strikes me as a man of peace, grace, and humility. One Google search to the next and I began to learn about Orthodox history, theology, found Orthodoxsermons.org, and this web site as well. I soon realized the ‘ancient Church’ John Wesley referenced and revered is very much still alive and doing well!!
yep. a few millions would bring anyone some peace, grace and humility.

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« Reply #30 on: February 15, 2013, 08:14:21 PM »
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The best way to witness is the way we live our lives. Troy Polamalu strikes me as a man of peace, grace, and humility. One Google search to the next and I began to learn about Orthodox history, theology, found Orthodoxsermons.org, and this web site as well. I soon realized the ‘ancient Church’ John Wesley referenced and revered is very much still alive and doing well!!
yep. a few millions would bring anyone some peace, grace and humility.

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2013, 08:43:08 PM »
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Troy Polamalu strikes me as a man of peace, grace, and humility.

If you were coming across the middle on against the Steeler defense, I don't think you find these virtues of Mr. Polamalu to appealing at that time.  ;D
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Troy Polamalu strikes me as a man of peace, grace, and humility.

If you were coming across the middle on against the Steeler defense, I don't think you find these virtues of Mr. Polamalu to appealing at that time.  ;D

He is praying for your wellbeing just as he is about to take you down  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #33 on: February 16, 2013, 12:27:41 AM »
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #34 on: February 16, 2013, 03:34:36 AM »
A neverending TransAtlantic seeking of I Am, the practice of Roman Catholicism (and Islam), and reading Coniaris's Introducing the Orthodox Church.  Finally the first visitation&participation of Divine Litgury.  After which, I have never stopped attending.  Catechism class just finished up earlier this month, and it looks like I may be recieved into the Church 6 months ahead of what I had intended.

I have meet a number of Roman Catholics both of the Latin&Eastern rite.  There is common thread woven between them all (myself included), prior to converting to Orthodoxy.  They were all engaged in an authenic search for truth, healing truth, they were thristy&willing to pay whatever the price for this truth.  Open, ready, searching&looking for the way made clear, they were. 

Not to say this isn't so with others, just what I have noticed in fellow RC converts.

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« Reply #35 on: February 16, 2013, 03:43:54 AM »
My goal was to find the original Church, if it still existed.  I realized 90% of the hoopla spawned by religion today is inadequate and personal opinion.  I wanted to shed myself of these infections and find what was taught by Jesus, the Apostles, the first Christians.
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« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2013, 08:52:06 PM »
A long search for the Early and original Christian Church ended with us becoming Orthodox.
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« Reply #37 on: February 16, 2013, 09:22:22 PM »
Temporally-speaking, Roman Catholicism. Spiritually-speaking, God. :)

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #38 on: February 17, 2013, 12:40:29 AM »
I think I attended a Catholic wedding that I barely remember as a young child. I had an Antiochian Orthodox boss and made plans some non-Protetestant Holy Week church visits with an Eastern Catholic friend. Also, I am part Armenian and just can't get past the Pope, but Orthodox theology feels healthier than Catholic theology, more like breathing when it is applied to my life than when I used to read Catholic theology which is more like law and intellectual stuff-I love that about Orthodoxy, especially Oriental Orthodoxy.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #39 on: February 17, 2013, 12:57:48 PM »
Atheism/atheists, GK Chesterton, Dostoevsky, MetropolitanKallistos (Ware). In that order.

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #40 on: February 17, 2013, 02:51:26 PM »
being open to which Christian groups were acceptable (i.e. not just protestants!) then a muslim friend telling me i should visit his friend's coptic orthodox church.

i like the other stories in this thread, we should ask them to write more!

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« Reply #41 on: February 17, 2013, 03:32:47 PM »
-some orthodox saints, who for me represent the best possible 'fruits'
-the humble and meek face, which you can see in some faces of orthodox people, especially on monks.
-the feeling of daily repentance and contrition in orthodox spirituality. I'm convinced that only in orthodoxy you can experience the fullness of the light of Christ which causes strong contrition in your heart.
-The parable of the Pharisee and the Publican. I've found only in orthodoxy so many people who are praying in the way of the publican- daily!
-some conversion stories
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #42 on: February 18, 2013, 12:58:12 AM »
Like Nephi, studying Catholicism led me to Orthodoxy.

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« Reply #43 on: February 18, 2013, 01:06:52 AM »
While I am not a convert what struck my initial ‘interest’ was a football article. Don’t laugh ;) I’m a Steeler fan.

The best way to witness is the way we live our lives. Troy Polamalu strikes me as a man of peace, grace, and humility. One Google search to the next and I began to learn about Orthodox history, theology, found Orthodoxsermons.org, and this web site as well. I soon realized the ‘ancient Church’ John Wesley referenced and revered is very much still alive and doing well!!

As I continue to learn I continue to find appreciation and though I have not felt God has led me to convert at this point Orthodoxy has already made a wonderful difference in my (and my families) spiritual life. My daughter has recently become a catechuman in fact. Glory be to God.
Really? Because the prospect of sharing a religion with a Pittsburgh Steeler is one of the biggest obstacles in my study.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #44 on: February 19, 2013, 09:04:08 AM »
While I am not a convert what struck my initial ‘interest’ was a football article. Don’t laugh ;) I’m a Steeler fan.

The best way to witness is the way we live our lives. Troy Polamalu strikes me as a man of peace, grace, and humility. One Google search to the next and I began to learn about Orthodox history, theology, found Orthodoxsermons.org, and this web site as well. I soon realized the ‘ancient Church’ John Wesley referenced and revered is very much still alive and doing well!!

As I continue to learn I continue to find appreciation and though I have not felt God has led me to convert at this point Orthodoxy has already made a wonderful difference in my (and my families) spiritual life. My daughter has recently become a catechuman in fact. Glory be to God.
Really? Because the prospect of sharing a religion with a Pittsburgh Steeler is one of the biggest obstacles in my study.

Hmmm… I was going to accuse you of being from Cleveland with that comment except a devout Browns fan wouldn’t even think about sharing the Gospel w/ a Steeler. I would say you’re a Raven who would deceptively share the Word, but they just won the Super Bowl. That leaves Cincinnati, yea, that’s it, hugh? You must be a too oft forgotten Bengals fan.  ;)
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