Orthodox (Jew) --> (Christian)This is quite remarkable! Please, tell us briefly how you have become Orthodox Christian,thank you!
Privileged American white boy
Aw shucks, it's not that remarkable. I'm just following the footsteps of St. Paul!
Anyway, you can read my full story here
. However, here's the condensed version.
1. Born into a secular
, vaguely Jewish family.
in God as a child, even believed that Jesus was God's son (because a friend told me and I thought it was neat that God had a son).
3. Drifted away from childhood belief, identified as an agnostic
once I understood what the term meant.
4. Embraced existentialism
and its children, nihilism and hedonism from roughly 16-22.
5. In search of some "cultural enlightenment" outside of my depressing, dead-end life, I went to Israel. Rediscovered my Jewish
6. Very brief interest in reform Judaism
extinguished when a zealous friend invited me to a Shabbat in an Orthodox Jewish community.
7. Flocked to Orthodox Judaism
like white on rice. Craved the rituals, the rules, and the "spirituality."
8. Began as a fairly modern variety of Orthodox
, but quickly developed an interest in Chabad-Lubavitcher Hasidism
, due to there being a Chabad house in my hometown.
9. Immersed myself in the Chassidic lifestyle for a year or so before going to a yeshiva, a seminary of sorts for Chabad. Upon visiting the Chabad headquarters in Crown Heights, NY, realized I was getting into a messianic cult
10. Tried to distance myself from Chabad, even changed my minhag
(custom) to Lithuanian (non-Chassidic) Orthodox Jew
. Shaved my beard and stopped wearing a hat on Shabbat.
11. One night, with a fever, realized that I did not believe anything
and that my obsession with the rules of Orthodox Judaism was unhealthy and dangerous.
12. Became an ardent atheist
, repudiating everything that I once believed, ashamed.
13. As I opened up and read more about religions and attended services at Catholic and Episcopal churches, I found myself as an skeptical agnostic
14. Came to understand the glory of Christ and wished I could believe, but always felt the pull of skepticism. Converted to Christ
after an encounter that I most certainly did not deserve. Thank God.
15. Struggled between Orthodoxy and Catholicism, but ultimately followed the road of inquiry into Orthodoxy
16. God willing, I will be baptized, chrismated, and received into the Holy Orthodox Church
on May 4th of this year.