While I'm considering attending an EO church here in Canada, I may pester you all with some questions. I was just reading an article on bridging the gap between reformed Christians (aka myself) and Orthodoxy. One of the similarities shared between the Orthodox Church and reformed Christians is the understanding of sin as a virus, a plague, a deep disturbing of peace. Just like the problem, the remedy is systemic, holistic; it is an absorption and radiation of Christ Jesus through the power of grace.
If the end and goal of all that we're doing here is Theosis, then why have the sacramental system?
And if Theosis only occurs through grace and grace only occurs through the sacraments, what are we to make of people who profess a sound understanding of Christ's divinity, the trinity, the resurrection, repentance, prayer, fasting. People who act with charity, love, and prudence . . . but have never partook in the sacraments. Considering in particular that none of these things are possible without grace.
Thanks for responding. =] BTW if anyone has recommendations for Orthodox communities in Calgary, Canada, please let me know.