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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #90 on: July 30, 2013, 05:16:57 PM »
Just quietly being Orthodox really is a huge part of it. Of course the person also has to be looking for something.

Thanks Alveus. This is something that gets repeated a lot but I was skeptical of it.
The person doesn't always have to be looking for something.  I just stumbled upon Orthodoxy in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #91 on: July 30, 2013, 05:19:23 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.
if that were true, the suicide rate would not go up with income.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #92 on: July 30, 2013, 05:21:48 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.
if that were true, the suicide rate would not go up with income.
Mo' money, mo' problems
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #93 on: July 30, 2013, 07:03:18 PM »

My mothers side of the family are Russian sectarians, who split off from Orthodoxy somewhere in the 17th century.

I don't 'belong' there because my mother married an outsider (big no no), so it's not as if i am leaving that for Orthodoxy, but background wise, its that and you tend to know the history etc, of the things you are -not- in order to find more about where things came from...

et voila...


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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #94 on: July 31, 2013, 10:03:01 AM »
Just quietly being Orthodox really is a huge part of it. Of course the person also has to be looking for something.

Thanks Alveus. This is something that gets repeated a lot but I was skeptical of it.
The person doesn't always have to be looking for something.  I just stumbled upon Orthodoxy in the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Me neither. I wasn't consciously looking for it - it just smacked me in the face when I started seriously reading Church history. My first reaction was, "does anyone else know about this?!!!??"
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #95 on: July 31, 2013, 10:24:24 AM »
I was looking at Youtube videos.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #96 on: July 31, 2013, 10:50:05 AM »
Just quietly being Orthodox really is a huge part of it. Of course the person also has to be looking for something.

Thanks Alveus. This is something that gets repeated a lot but I was skeptical of it.
The person doesn't always have to be looking for something.  I just stumbled upon Orthodoxy in the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Me neither. I wasn't consciously looking for it - it just smacked me in the face when I started seriously reading Church history. My first reaction was, "does anyone else know about this?!!!??"
So true.  Reminds me of the GK Chesterton quote:

“I did try to found a little heresy of my own; and when I had put the last touches to it, I discovered that it was orthodoxy.”
― G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

(of course, he interpreted that to mean the RC Church)
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #97 on: July 31, 2013, 11:45:02 AM »
I was intrigued by the early church fathers but never read them.  One day I searched for ""Byzantine Chants" on YouTube and found I loved them.  One thing lead to another and I began reading about Orthodoxy and began reading the "Fathers."  It began snowballing after that.  I discovered a former student of mine and her family converted to Orthodoxy and so I began talking with her about it. She directed me to her father and my journey really began to take off

Years ago, many years ago, I saw a documentary about the Orthodox Church on TV.  I don't remember much about the program, but Orthodoxy had been planted into the back of my mind as interesting.

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #98 on: July 31, 2013, 03:52:30 PM »
Just quietly being Orthodox really is a huge part of it. Of course the person also has to be looking for something.

Thanks Alveus. This is something that gets repeated a lot but I was skeptical of it.
The person doesn't always have to be looking for something.  I just stumbled upon Orthodoxy in the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Me neither. I wasn't consciously looking for it - it just smacked me in the face when I started seriously reading Church history. My first reaction was, "does anyone else know about this?!!!??"
So true.  Reminds me of the GK Chesterton quote:

“I did try to found a little heresy of my own; and when I had put the last touches to it, I discovered that it was orthodoxy.”
― G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

(of course, he interpreted that to mean the RC Church)
In fact, he just meant traditional Trinitarian Chrisianity in general. He was still an Anglican when he wrote Orthodoxy.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #99 on: July 31, 2013, 03:54:29 PM »
Just quietly being Orthodox really is a huge part of it. Of course the person also has to be looking for something.

Thanks Alveus. This is something that gets repeated a lot but I was skeptical of it.
The person doesn't always have to be looking for something.  I just stumbled upon Orthodoxy in the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Me neither. I wasn't consciously looking for it - it just smacked me in the face when I started seriously reading Church history. My first reaction was, "does anyone else know about this?!!!??"
So true.  Reminds me of the GK Chesterton quote:

“I did try to found a little heresy of my own; and when I had put the last touches to it, I discovered that it was orthodoxy.”
― G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

(of course, he interpreted that to mean the RC Church)
In fact, he just meant traditional Trinitarian Chrisianity in general. He was still an Anglican when he wrote Orthodoxy.
Good ol' GK, he came so close, but yet so far away...  ;D
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #100 on: July 31, 2013, 03:55:45 PM »
Just quietly being Orthodox really is a huge part of it. Of course the person also has to be looking for something.

Thanks Alveus. This is something that gets repeated a lot but I was skeptical of it.
The person doesn't always have to be looking for something.  I just stumbled upon Orthodoxy in the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Me neither. I wasn't consciously looking for it - it just smacked me in the face when I started seriously reading Church history. My first reaction was, "does anyone else know about this?!!!??"
So true.  Reminds me of the GK Chesterton quote:

“I did try to found a little heresy of my own; and when I had put the last touches to it, I discovered that it was orthodoxy.”
― G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

(of course, he interpreted that to mean the RC Church)
In fact, he just meant traditional Trinitarian Chrisianity in general. He was still an Anglican when he wrote Orthodoxy.
Good ol' GK, he came so close, but yet so far away...  ;D
Convert issues thread, so i'll just  :D
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #101 on: July 31, 2013, 04:00:02 PM »
Ooops!  I just realized that.  Sorry everyone!  :-[

GK Chesterton was one of the finest writers though. He had a distinct ability to distill complex concepts into one sentence.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #102 on: July 31, 2013, 09:35:05 PM »
The biggest thing would be Islam; I spent most of my Muslim years not knowing just how much Islam took from the early Christians. Only after questioning my 'faith' as well as myself and some light prodding from others did I do some real searching and found out that truth. Maybe it is bad to say this, but had I never spent those years as a Muslim, and in turn later questioned Islam then I could have easily remained ignorant about Orthodoxy.

Also my Coptic penpal at that time. When I literally feared going to any Church over being seen by other Muslims who knew me(crazy sounding but I attended a salafi mosque), he made it his job to get me as much information as possible.

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #103 on: August 05, 2013, 04:30:47 AM »
First post, I figured I would start here.

It was actually the Catholic Answers Forum that lead me to Orthodoxy.   Reading the different posts around here it seems I'm not alone in that.   I was in the Latin Church for years but I could no longer ignore the Truth.   

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #104 on: August 05, 2013, 05:35:25 PM »
welcome, misplaced book!
may God guide you.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #105 on: August 06, 2013, 10:31:38 AM »
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #106 on: August 07, 2013, 11:57:54 PM »
I was looking for a way to live a life of prayer, and stumbled on a website with a beginner's prayer rule. XD

...as they say, the rest of the story pretty much tells itself. Casual reading lead to serious research, which lead to actually tracking down a parish in my area, etc.

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #107 on: August 08, 2013, 01:58:19 AM »
I pretty much gave up on Christianity because I came to the realization that the Protestant faith had so many holes as well as operating in a fashion that contradicted the bible in so many ways. At one point I just stopped going to church when I could no longer take stepping into a church. I remember thinking how weird it was to still believe in Christ, but found his modern day church to be nothing like how I imagined the early church was. I never really thought about Orthodoxy because I grew up believing that I was in the true church. Long story short, Christ through various means brought me back into his fold where I discovered the true faith. 
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #108 on: August 12, 2013, 07:41:37 AM »
An icon of St. George, a Trappist monastery, and then the rabbit hole of history.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #109 on: August 12, 2013, 05:27:49 PM »
Oh how great is the love of God. God forgive us because after your call we still sin and make you cry.
At the hardest moment of my lfie until now I asked Him '' Lord are you with Me?'' And He answered. And Mother Mary sent me to her church.
Oh and I am still the worst, how much You love us God and how bad we are and yet we are humble not.
My brothers God brought us? But He may wants to bring some other brothers through us... With no force but with Love. Amen.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #110 on: August 12, 2013, 06:10:38 PM »
Finding out the claims of Orthodoxy, realizing that the Solae are un-biblical and I went from there. Being a Protestant who confesses "Christianity", and whatever that umbrella term envelops, you just sort of assume everybody feels the same way as you do about Christianity and that everyone is a Christian with just a different way of expressing it.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #111 on: August 12, 2013, 06:17:47 PM »

It was actually the Catholic Answers Forum that lead me to Orthodoxy.

It was some of their tracts and literature that actually turned me off of Catholicism, lots of it is completely made up, and even though they present it in a way that "seems" professional, it's usually just irrelevant material or completely ripped out of context.
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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #112 on: August 13, 2013, 02:10:14 AM »
Very roughly and very short:

I could no longer defend Catholicism. Realizing that the 4 last Popes are actually a part of the Magisterium, and not being able to reconcile teachings from before VII and post VII, led me to seek out the only other  Christian church with ancient credentials and a claim to be the True Church.

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Re: What Led You To Orthodoxy?
« Reply #113 on: August 14, 2013, 02:50:20 PM »
I wanted a unified, sacramental Church, but I didn't want to be Roman Catholic.  I was reminded of the Orthodox church's existence by a documentary on Yugoslavia, Orthodox chant on Youtube, and Anna Karenina.
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