I will be blunt. Everyone here has given you good advice and yet you choose to ignore it. Why did you ask for it in the first place? It seems that you have an ax to grind. I do not understand your thinking that the particular Orthodox Church you wish to attend is the ONLY one you will have anything to do with. I happened to end up with Antioch but that does not mean I think the others such as OCA or the GOA, etc are invalid or not correct. Sorry if I sound nasty I am not trying to be but you are driving yourself down a spiritual rabbit hole and I am concerned about your well being. I also would think it safe to say that everyone else on this forum cares as well. I will continue to pray for you.
Dear converted viking,
Actually, this thread went much better than I ever could have possibly expected.
I started out questioning why worrying about upsetting people should be a greater factor
than Worshiping God in Spirit and Truth; which is a phrase used by other religious groups too.
Then I got some good answers to the Icon question, both from the RC perspective that they don't oppose it;
and also a really good article explaining the difference between good images and bad images (whatever)
that I hadn't thought of before.
I think some people are getting locked into this idea that my preference for a specific jurisdiction
has a larger meaning attached to it; and that is a mystery to me.
Logically speaking, if they are all the same, then preferring one over the other shouldn't matter.
Yet, I'm being told that expressing a preference means I shouldn't covert at all
or even now people telling me to go to a non-Orthodox church?
That's pretty extreme denial of something? I don't know what, but preferring a specific jurisdiction can only
be regarded as a matter of faith; if the jurisdictions are inherently un-equal; or the church is deeply divided on something?
I don't know what the church is divided on. I see people there, just because they were born into it.
I'm not saying any Orthodox Church is invalid or not correct for other people who choose to be a part of that jurisdiction.
I'm only saying that for me personally; I'd mainly want to be a part of one particular jurisdiction.
It seems that people on this forum are telling me that my preference for a specific jurisdiction
means that I'm no longer eligible to convert; because I refuse to maintain some party line?
Not merely saying it, but demonstrating it by being willing to leave for another jurisdiction
that I'm not interested in attending?
Okay, then why do you proclaim jurisdictions on this board with the screen name?
Everyone go change your own jurisdiction first, before telling me that I'm required to
or I'm converting for the wrong reason?
This doesn't make any logical sense to me? I show up to a church desiring to convert;
and I'm driven out for wanting to convert for the wrong reasons?
Sorry I ever showed up. I won't do it ever again, I promise.
That kind of makes it had to return again, you know?
However, I thank you and everyone else for your helpful advice so far;
and many people on this forum have said some very helpful things to me;
much more so, than I'd have ever anticipated beforehand.
Sorry I'm so difficult; but I'm just that type of person.
I need things to logically make sense too.