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« on: November 20, 2013, 03:17:07 PM »

Out of interest, how many on this forum are converts and how many were raised with the religion?
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2013, 03:21:43 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2013, 03:26:00 PM »

Convert
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2013, 03:31:35 PM »

Cradle. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2013, 03:33:01 PM »

I was a convert...
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2013, 03:48:53 PM »

I am a convert from Roman Catholicism (Cradle Catholic). In my journey I went from Melkite Eastern Catholicism to Orthodox Christianity.
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2013, 03:51:42 PM »

I am a convert from Roman Catholicism.

ditto
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2013, 03:51:53 PM »

Also a convert  - RC to Byzantine Ruthenian Church to Orthodox.
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2013, 04:02:58 PM »

Cradle
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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2013, 04:03:16 PM »

Cradle.
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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2013, 04:11:57 PM »

Convert from atheism
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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2013, 04:31:42 PM »

Convert. From the Lutheran Church.
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« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2013, 05:43:00 PM »

Convert.  Via Roman Catholicism.  Not officially a catechumen.
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« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2013, 05:47:56 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2013, 05:56:35 PM »

I'm a convert. Born into Presbyterianism, kicked out of that church at age 14 for being a bad influence and difficult after my mother passed away, spent the following decade in a fog of agnosticism and doing the kinds of things JamesR is sometimes frustrated that Orthodoxy doesn't want us to do (just to be clear, I mean being a party animal), joined the RCC, was there for 5-6 years, left, joined the Coptic Orthodox Church after about three years of study (attending liturgies since August of 2011, but I wasn't baptized until last year). I need a nap just thinking about it.
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« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2013, 06:35:37 PM »

Cradle, for better or worse.
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« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2013, 07:05:19 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2013, 07:16:29 PM »

Convert from unsure--->Salvation Army--->Assemblies of God--->Presbyterianism--->brief stopover in Anglicanism--->Eastern Orthodoxy.  Received into the Orthodox Church 4 1/2 months ago. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2013, 08:45:04 PM »

Convert, from Roman Catholicism.
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« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2013, 08:53:53 PM »

I'm stashko.




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« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2013, 08:56:42 PM »

What is a stashko?

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« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2013, 09:16:41 PM »

What is a stashko?



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« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2013, 09:20:59 PM »

Roman Catholic to Eastern Catholic converted too Orthodoxy, am home at last !
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« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2013, 09:31:00 PM »

Convert from Southern Baptist.
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« Reply #24 on: November 20, 2013, 09:56:29 PM »

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« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2013, 09:58:02 PM »

What is a stashko?



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« Reply #26 on: November 20, 2013, 10:13:53 PM »

Convert, Evangelical Covenant to Open Bible Churches (kind of a really tame Pentecostal) to Orthodox Catachumen...

and since your likely waiting for someone to ask...

You missed the best part.

What's the best part?
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« Reply #27 on: November 20, 2013, 10:27:17 PM »

Cradle. Adding a poll might be interesting ... could even expand ie.to list major religious denominations from which some have xonverted
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« Reply #28 on: November 20, 2013, 10:30:07 PM »

Convert.  Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: November 20, 2013, 11:00:35 PM »

Convert from RC and Heinz 57.
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« Reply #30 on: November 20, 2013, 11:35:38 PM »

Cradle. Adding a poll might be interesting ... could even expand ie.to list major religious denominations from which some have xonverted

Fwiw there is this one...

I think there's a more recent one, but I can't find it...
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« Reply #31 on: November 20, 2013, 11:35:59 PM »

Convert from Judaism, with some agnosticism mixed in on both sides.
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« Reply #32 on: November 22, 2013, 12:22:39 AM »

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« Reply #33 on: November 22, 2013, 03:10:31 AM »

What is a stashko?



A legend.

Actually, fairly intelligent guy despite his spelling and overusage of emoticons. I miss him.
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« Reply #34 on: November 22, 2013, 03:30:46 AM »

Baptised as an infant. Can't say I was totally raised in the faith, yet (coupled with the baptism) it was enough for me to be able to remain in an intimate contact with God my entire life, from as early as I can remember myself until now, going through many and various phases, including New Age and antitheism, then returning back to Christianity.
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« Reply #35 on: November 22, 2013, 09:05:00 AM »

What is a stashko?



A legend.

Actually, fairly intelligent guy despite his spelling and overusage of emoticons. I miss him.

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« Reply #36 on: November 22, 2013, 09:17:06 AM »

I loved his stuff on converts. If you ain't cradle you ain't much Orthodox.

Go back to your Protestantism lol.
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« Reply #37 on: November 22, 2013, 02:28:46 PM »

Cradle/convert

Born in mixed family (Polish Catholic - Serbian Orthodox), baptised at the age of 7 in RC Church by no my choice, raised in some way in both denominations, eventually chrismated voluntary and consciously in the Orthodox Church at the age of 20.

That's why I don't feel so convert (my catechumenate lasted for 2 and half month), I just say I came back to the faith of my fathers

I've know a few people with practically identical situation, including my family. It should be the third option (even the fourth one, if we count Orthodox who had abandoned the Church but then have come back)


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Although I've been reading this forum for a few years, don't remember the person Huh
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« Reply #38 on: November 22, 2013, 03:05:43 PM »

Although I've been reading this forum for a few years, don't remember the person Huh

Stashko's profile, his last post was back in 2012. I just remember him really disliking Armenian vestments for some reason.
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I just remember him really disliking Armenian vestments for some reason.

How weird of him. 
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Although I've been reading this forum for a few years, don't remember the person Huh

Stashko's profile, his last post was back in 2012.

Ah, now I know Wink
I just remember him really disliking Armenian vestments for some reason.

How weird of him. 
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« Reply #41 on: November 22, 2013, 03:56:41 PM »

Convert from RC and Heinz 57.

Did you convert to A1? If not, you are still under anathema.
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« Reply #42 on: November 22, 2013, 04:17:58 PM »

Out of interest, how many on this forum are converts and how many were raised with the religion?

The wife and I are converts.  (both former RC's)
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« Reply #43 on: November 22, 2013, 04:20:51 PM »

Convert from atheism

From Atheism,  now that's quite a leap.  Mind telling us in a few words about that journey?
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« Reply #44 on: November 22, 2013, 04:25:08 PM »

WWCG->UMC->RC->Orthodox

Yup. Convert. Wouldn't change it for anything.

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Convert from RC and Heinz 57.

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« Reply #46 on: November 22, 2013, 05:51:18 PM »

Mormon-> Agnostic-> Deist-> Orthodox catechumen
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« Reply #47 on: November 23, 2013, 11:50:41 PM »

WWCG->UMC->RC->Orthodox

Yup. Convert. Wouldn't change it for anything.

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I dabbled in the WWCG (Armstrong Group?)until I found out they didn't believe in the Trinity.  I read they reject the Holy Spirit as the third person.
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« Reply #48 on: November 24, 2013, 12:19:39 AM »

Nothing/cultural secularist -> Orthodox.

That being said, one of my parents is a "cradle" Orthodox, the other is a "cradle" Catholic, but I was never baptized as a child. During my childhood, both attended various protestant denominations which would explain my not being baptized. I was subsequently baptized in the Orthodox Church as a young adult.
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« Reply #49 on: November 24, 2013, 01:06:30 AM »

Convert.  Stone-Campbellite Church of Christ -> Baptist -> Emerg(ent/ing???) -> Orthodox.
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« Reply #50 on: November 24, 2013, 01:22:02 AM »

WWCG

Were you in the WWCG back in the day of Armstrong before he died and it went GCI? Care to share anything about that and how you left it? I found Armstrong's movement pretty interesting in an academic/hobby sort of way, and read a bit of the various Armstrongist remnant free literature. Even received several of the magazines for a while.
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« Reply #51 on: November 24, 2013, 01:24:16 AM »

WWCG->UMC->RC->Orthodox

Yup. Convert. Wouldn't change it for anything.

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I dabbled in the WWCG (Armstrong Group?)until I found out they didn't believe in the Trinity.  I read they reject the Holy Spirit as the third person.

Their rejection of the Holy Spirit's person aside, their beliefs in God as Family (and our destiny to join it) do nonetheless have interesting parallels with our theosis/deification.
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« Reply #52 on: November 24, 2013, 01:27:54 AM »

Convert. Raised nominally evangelical/Protestant > Militant atheism > Buddhism intertwined with a friendlier atheism > Mormonism (for a girlfriend) > Gnostic-Mormon/whatever I made up phase > Orthodoxy.
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« Reply #53 on: November 24, 2013, 02:25:15 AM »

Convert. From the Lutheran Church.
Ditto (though I dabbled in the occult before my confirmation).
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« Reply #54 on: November 24, 2013, 02:28:25 AM »

What is a stashko?



A legend.

Actually, fairly intelligent guy despite his spelling and overusage of emoticons. I miss him.

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I wish I knew exactly where he was.  I know he is in the same city (Chicago).
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« Reply #55 on: November 24, 2013, 07:55:45 AM »

Convert. From the Lutheran Church.
Ditto (though I dabbled in the occult before my confirmation).

occult???

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Cradle Roman Catholic --> Jehovah's Witness (although never baptized) --> "Born Again" Christian --> Converted to Orthodoxy.  A lot of twists and turns between RCC and EO, but I don't regret what I learned.
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Once you become Orthodox, you are Orthodox. The process is converting, not something you remain.

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« Reply #58 on: November 26, 2013, 10:26:00 AM »

Once you become Orthodox, you are Orthodox. The process is converting, not something you remain.

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But then some would argue that everyone --"converts" and "cradles" alike-- need to embrace a process of conversion every day of their lives. Or put whatever term for conversion in there, "die," "carry your cross," "repent," etc. The idea, I guess, is that turning (=converting) away from the old man and becoming a saint is a life-long process. Possibly just unnecessary semantic whatevers for some, helpful for others I suppose.  *shrugs*
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« Reply #59 on: November 26, 2013, 10:32:28 AM »

Once you become Orthodox, you are Orthodox. The process is converting, not something you remain.

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But then some would argue that everyone --"converts" and "cradles" alike-- need to embrace a process of conversion every day of their lives. Or put whatever term for conversion in there, "die," "carry your cross," "repent," etc. The idea, I guess, is that turning (=converting) away from the old man and becoming a saint is a life-long process. Possibly just unnecessary semantic whatevers for some, helpful for others I suppose.  *shrugs*
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« Reply #60 on: November 26, 2013, 01:59:09 PM »

Aren't we all converts?  This is not a stupid question.  Yes, some of us may have had two Orthodox parents or one, but don't all of us have to make a conscience choice to stay in the faith that are parents gave to us?  I've known many children of Orthodox parents who have fallen away from the faith and never came back.  I also know several who fell away and then came back much later in life.  WOuld they not be converts too?

Metropolitan ISAIAH once told me this during a brief conversation I had with him about 9 years ago.  I'm not saying he's infallible on the subject, but I understand his viewpoint.
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« Reply #61 on: November 27, 2013, 12:55:06 AM »

Convert.  Baptist/Evangelical --> Orthodox.

And in answer to the question, "Aren't we all converts?" I would have to say a resounding YES.  I had a journal going as I inquired/during catechumenate that was called Exploring Orthodoxy.  The day I was baptised, I started a new one called Becoming Orthodox.  It's life-long and there's been no harder time for me than my first year as a baptised Orthodox.
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« Reply #62 on: December 03, 2013, 05:24:40 PM »

Lutheran->Anglican Evangelical->Orthodox
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« Reply #63 on: December 03, 2013, 05:52:56 PM »

Like Maria, Ken and converted viking I am a convert from Roman Catholicism (Cradle Catholic). In my journey I went from Melkite, Ruthenian Eastern Catholicism to Orthodox Christianity.  Though I got into gnosticism when I was about 15-16 yrs. old but didn't last very long there.

Since my parents do not even know how to turn-on a computer, I would like to speak for them and say that they both went from Roman Catholicism (though not really practicing) to Holy Orthodoxy. 
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Convert

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Southern Baptist > United Methodist > Charismatic > Orthodox.

I wanted to convert in 1995 but was not allowed to until 1998....longish story shared in fuller detail elsewhere on the forum.
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« Reply #66 on: December 05, 2013, 09:03:27 AM »

Convert

Marginal Roman Catholic>United Methodist>Church of Christ>Asseblies Of God>Non-Denomonational>Church of God

It has been a long road home.
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Convert

Marginal Roman Catholic>United Methodist>Church of Christ>Asseblies Of God>Non-Denomonational>Church of God

It has been a long road home.
Lol you think?

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Baptist > Reformed > Orthodox
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« Reply #69 on: December 06, 2013, 11:42:58 AM »

Aren't we all converts?  This is not a stupid question.  Yes, some of us may have had two Orthodox parents or one, but don't all of us have to make a conscience choice to stay in the faith that are parents gave to us?  I've known many children of Orthodox parents who have fallen away from the faith and never came back.  I also know several who fell away and then came back much later in life.  WOuld they not be converts too?

Metropolitan ISAIAH once told me this during a brief conversation I had with him about 9 years ago.  I'm not saying he's infallible on the subject, but I understand his viewpoint.

Someone once said you have to be converted to Christ every day. I think this is true.
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Convert from Protestantism.and so glad.
Over twenty years ago, a friend of mine and Deacon in the Russian Orthodox Church had tried so hard to convince me to covert and I was so involved in my Church as an Assoc. Pastor and Hospital Chaplain, I did not want to listen.  As others, I had been brainwashed that the Early Church had fell away and was renewed in Protestantism.
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« Reply #71 on: December 28, 2013, 02:19:26 AM »

Out of interest, how many on this forum are converts and how many were raised with the religion?

Is it possible to say that I was both? My Mother was a cradle Orthodox Christian and my Father was a cradle Latin Catholic, and I was going to be baptised Orthodox except for the fact that A.) My Mother had converted to the Church of Shopping on Sundays and hadn't been to church in years, and B.) My Father's family made it absolutely clear that no family member of theirs was to be non-Catholic. But, I was raised by two practicing Orthodox Christians (my Grandmother and babysitter) while my parents worked for ten hours a day fix-seven days a week. I prayed with a komboskini and not a rosary and I made my sign of the cross the Orthodox way. I can't say I knew too much about either until I was 13 and I decided that I was missing something in my life and going to church would help me find it. I was a catechumen for three years, but only because the Godmother I had chosen just never wanted to fly from Scranton to Chicago until my Mother told her at 16 that she would either fly here and spend the weekend with us for my chrismation or we'd find another godparent (that's such a lame story, I know). So long story short I guess I'm a cradle Orthodox because I was raised Orthodox by two of the greatest people ever and knew nothing about Catholicism, but I'm a convert because well, I had to legally convert. This is a question which I try to avoid by skirting around the question, and I tend not to care what I'm considered anymore.

I was an atheist for a week at 17 and I wanted to convert to Tibetan Buddhism at 13 and Judaism at 14, but I don't think that counts for much of anything. 
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« Reply #72 on: December 28, 2013, 12:27:59 PM »

Hopefully everyone is a convert. Conversion takes place in the heart, soul and mind. Without true conversion, no person will see God.
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« Reply #73 on: January 12, 2014, 05:17:30 AM »

Thank you everyone for your very interesting testimonies. It seems that on this forum we have a mix of both those raised in Orthodoxy and those who converted as adults.
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Hopefully everyone is a convert. Conversion takes place in the heart, soul and mind. Without true conversion, no person will see God.

I remember the Serbian priest, Fr Milenko Zebic, saying that every adult Orthodox is a convert - having chosen to embrace Christ.
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raised secular > seeker >  roman catholic > catechumen in Orthodox parish now
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Pentecostal to non-denominational to agnostic to half-hearted Southern Baptist to the Orthodox Church.  Getting closer and closer to Baptism.
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Rabid fundamentalist (ala Bob Jones University)
Southern Baptist/generic evangelical
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I'm in the process of converting from Convert Orthodoxy to Nominal Cradle Orthodoxy. I'm already going to church less and moving toward receiving communion mostly just on major feast days. With any luck I'll be intentionally too disinterested to post here soon enough.
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I'm in the process of converting from Convert Orthodoxy to Nominal Cradle Orthodoxy. I'm already going to church less and moving toward receiving communion mostly just on major feast days. With any luck I'll be intentionally too disinterested to post here soon enough.
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« Reply #81 on: January 13, 2014, 03:51:21 PM »

cradle Anglican - wilderness - Anglican(=wilderness) - Orthodox
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« Reply #82 on: January 13, 2014, 04:14:54 PM »

welcome, kyril!
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could you please send me a personal message with a link to your parish?
i have a friend in west canada and i would like to find out about churches in her area
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i see that some people converted to Christianity as adults, i converted as a child (age 5),
 Grin having been raised atheist for 4 years, then my parents converted (nearly a year between them).
i have been orthodox 5 years (protestant in between), and i consider that i found a deeper relationship with God rather than a new one.
i found the right path on my spiritual journey. it was not really a conversion, as it was a gradual change of focus rather than a totally new focus.

may God bless you all on your daily spiritual journeys.
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« Reply #83 on: January 13, 2014, 05:03:41 PM »

Yes, well, the 'deeper relationship' what a good way of putting it.I thought in terms of "Where have you been all this time? I've been waiting for you..."
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Catholic- lapsed Catholic- Atheist- Muslim (11yr)- Orthodox Inquirer.
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May I know the reasons why all of you converted?
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« Reply #87 on: February 27, 2014, 08:02:25 PM »

I converted because of various intellectual arguments that made sense to me. Jesus and the Apostles founded a Church; if Christianity is what the Scripture and early Church claimed it was then that Church must still be around; Orthodoxy seemed to be that Church. That kind of stuff. I eventually left Christianity because I came across too much nonsense in it--or at least what I considered (and still often consider) nonsense--theological and otherwise. I returned several times and tried to see if it would work, but it never stuck, so I stopped trying to make sense of it (even though I was still quite sympathetic to it). But somewhere along the way I realized some things, chief among them that I didn't make sense, that I was a wicked person, and that I would not find a solution in myself and by myself. So now I put out the fires of self-sabotage as best I can and try to trust and hope in God, though frankly I am still completely unsure most days what any of this means. But I want to believe, and that's enough right now to get me through the day, and where I am (religiously) is the best place I've found to do it.
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« Reply #88 on: February 27, 2014, 08:27:26 PM »

Realized all Churches have " Tradition" only some admit it.  Once I realized that I had to make a choice which Tradition to trust and since the Traditions I came from in essence deceived themselves about even having it and instead based often contradictory beliefs on a book they weren't there to see the birth of, well that narrowed the field a bit. Then I followed Church history through the various schizms and decided which side of each I would come down on and here I am.
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« Reply #89 on: February 27, 2014, 08:52:18 PM »

Realized all Churches have " Tradition" only some admit it.  Once I realized that I had to make a choice which Tradition to trust and since the Traditions I came from in essence deceived themselves about even having it and instead based often contradictory beliefs on a book they weren't there to see the birth of, well that narrowed the field a bit. Then I followed Church history through the various schizms and decided which side of each I would come down on and here I am.

Indeed. Even Protestants have a tradition. They inherited the New Testament from the Church, and their Old Testament from the Jews. It was tradition that formed the normative canon of the Bible itself.
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We are all converting every day. Smiley
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« Reply #91 on: February 28, 2014, 08:49:27 AM »

but the Questions they ask!
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but the Questions they ask!
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Christ>the Bible.
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« Reply #94 on: February 28, 2014, 12:24:00 PM »

May I know the reasons why all of you converted?

I converted because I was concerned about certain practices in my previous (RCC) parish. Allowing poorly instructed youth ministers to distribute Communion, use of Protestant hymns, lack of privacy in the confessional - shutting the door in the booth barely dimmed the sound coming and going from outside - those sorts of things started to bother me. I began to look for something different. I went to the nearest Orthodox church to my house. That's where I've been ever since.

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I'm converting because Protestantism is internally untenable, and Orthodoxy is clearly, from my studies, the only Christian tradition that holds to historical Christian doctrine, practice and worship.
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I'm converting because Protestantism is internally untenable, and Orthodoxy is clearly, from my studies, the only Christian tradition that holds to historical Christian doctrine, practice and worship.

IMHO, once you reach the Apex of Orthodoxy, the only other direction is down.
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1.  I am a Theist because my contemplation of Being, both in the universe around me and within my self, as well as my life experiences interacting with the world and others around, leads me to the inescapable conclusion that there must be something behind, a source, for this Being, and the idea of a God who is Being Beyond Being, as it were, seems to me to be the only tenable way to understand the mystery of existence. 

2.  I am a Christian because I heard about Jesus of Nazareth and the impact that He made on the earth and the things that He did, which I believe are true, both because of the ancient witnesses as well as my own experience when I have called upon Him.  This is my leap of faith. 

3.  I am an Orthodox Christian because I read what Jesus and His chosen Apostles said and did, and that they provided for the transmission of this to others. I have followed it down through time and found it to abide in its fullness in the Orthodox Church.  Upon embracing this Church I have felt a fullness supplied which was lacking, and now the experience of this fullness is limited only limited by my own refusal to receive it. 

Because of these views, while I believe without question that the fullness of our inheritance is preserved in the Orthodox Church, I feel a deep and abiding kinship with those who have come to points 1 or 2 on the journey without making the step to point 3.   
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1.  I am a Theist because my contemplation of Being, both in the universe around me and within my self, as well as my life experiences interacting with the world and others around, leads me to the inescapable conclusion that there must be something behind, a source, for this Being, and the idea of a God who is Being Beyond Being, as it were, seems to me to be the only tenable way to understand the mystery of existence. 

2.  I am a Christian because I heard about Jesus of Nazareth and the impact that He made on the earth and the things that He did, which I believe are true, both because of the ancient witnesses as well as my own experience when I have called upon Him.  This is my leap of faith. 

3.  I am an Orthodox Christian because I read what Jesus and His chosen Apostles said and did, and that they provided for the transmission of this to others. I have followed it down through time and found it to abide in its fullness in the Orthodox Church.  Upon embracing this Church I have felt a fullness supplied which was lacking, and now the experience of this fullness is limited only limited by my own refusal to receive it. 

Because of these views, while I believe without question that the fullness of our inheritance is preserved in the Orthodox Church, I feel a deep and abiding kinship with those who have come to points 1 or 2 on the journey without making the step to point 3.   

Are we talking about Theism and non-Theism and non-Christianity too?

The only other real contender in my view is Buddhism, which I could get with, but wouldn't because it makes life seem endless and not worth anything.

Islam is based on the immutability of the Qur'an, and the Prophethood of Muhammad; which I find very disputable, not to mention Islam's six articles of Faith are disingenuous, the Qur'an itself is also somewhat disingenuous. Judaism's god seems powerless and pointless to me.

Other religions are generally modern knock-offs of Catholic Christianity, or they are pagan or neo-pagan religions. Pagan religions are ethnocentric, and neo-Pagan religions are not choices that a serious person would make.

Why Theism and not Atheism? Just 'cause. I think I have experienced and witnessed plenty to have renounced God by now. But I haven't. I don't really have a reason not to believe in God, besides selfish reasons.

If I had to summarize, I cannot bring myself to disbelief, and I find Christianity the best choice given the options. Not to mention, Christ is my Lord and my God.
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Convert.  Southern Baptist > Lutheran > Orthodox.
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« Reply #100 on: March 08, 2014, 09:04:58 PM »

Lutheran (ECLA)>Fundamentalist Evangelical (Reformed-leaning)> Orthodox

As of now, I am heading to the Orthodox Church.
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« Reply #101 on: March 09, 2014, 04:41:24 AM »

From the roman church to the truth.Last 18 months ago. God keep me in truth and by gods grace my wife will come to the faith of Jesus. Pray for her Roseanna.
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« Reply #102 on: March 09, 2014, 07:54:19 AM »

Cradle and raised in christian and ortodox maners.
Love to read that many hear are converts, but i wonder if we have any ex muslim that have convert from islam to orthodoxy ?

God bless.
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« Reply #103 on: March 09, 2014, 08:33:35 AM »

Baptised in my 2nd month as infant
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I really love to read that so many people here are converts because I can't find this in my orthodox country

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« Reply #104 on: March 09, 2014, 02:34:55 PM »

Cradle and raised in christian and ortodox maners.
Love to read that many hear are converts, but i wonder if we have any ex muslim that have convert from islam to orthodoxy ?

God bless.

I don't know if any have posted in this thread, but there's at least one person I can think of on this forum that was Muslim for a while before converting to Orthodoxy.
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I don't know if any have posted in this thread, but there's at least one person I can think of on this forum that was Muslim for a while before converting to Orthodoxy.
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It it possible to get the persons username, or maybe he has a thread there i can read his journey, would love to do it.

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« Reply #106 on: March 09, 2014, 06:44:10 PM »

I'm in the process of converting from Convert Orthodoxy to Nominal Cradle Orthodoxy. I'm already going to church less and moving toward receiving communion mostly just on major feast days. With any luck I'll be intentionally too disinterested to post here soon enough.

You post is somewhat puzzling.  I shows that you have over 6550 posts on the OC.Net.  Was there any one or combinations of posts that have caused you to feel this way?  One would think that a veteran poster would be more inclined to be strengthened in their faith but you note that it has a reverse affect.....Without getting too personal, how come you have come to this point in life?
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« Reply #107 on: March 14, 2014, 08:37:31 PM »

Greetings everyone.
I am not an Orthodox convert yet (as I don't currently attend an Orthodox parish, nor have I been baptized), but God has opened my eyes to see the One, Holy and Apostolic Catholic Church, namely, the Christian Orthodoxy.
I used to be a Reformed Baptist, but after researching into Church history and discovering certain aspects of the Church that seemed foreign to protestantism, I decided to exegete what the Early Church believed in comparison with tenets of protestantism, namely, sola scriptura. I discovered that Sola scriptura was not used in the early church and  instead Holy, Apostolic Tradition was. It was surprising that when the Eccumentical councils ruled, they did not consult scripture solely, nor conducted a comparison with rhetoric in accordance to God's nature, but instead the question the fathers considered was had been handed to them by Holy Tradition, the Tradition taught by our Lord Christ to the Apostles and handed down from generation to generation.

If the reformation was supposed to be a restoration of the Roman Catholic church, it didn't make sense to me how Luther could restore something that was corrupt from start.

If I was to be a slave to God, I thought to myself that I must worship and give glory to God in a matter that is right to Him, and not something fabricated by myself. So I prayed that God, by His grace and will, may reveal to me how I may give right Glory to Him. To my surprise, I was lead to the Orthodox Church, the One, Holy, Undivided, Catholic, and Apostolic Church whose name Orthodox literally means "right glory".

I am yet a Sophmore in highschool, but after pondering what I'd like to do after graduation, I have been earnestly seeking to become an Orthodox monastic in order to strictly devote my entirety to God and purge myself from all my sin. Although I do not know where I would go, I know God's will shall be done, and that a life not lived for God, is a life lived for vanity.

Please play for me, brothers.

Your friend in Christ,
Anders
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« Reply #108 on: March 14, 2014, 09:04:32 PM »

Welcome Anders. Lord, have mercy on your servant.
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« Reply #109 on: March 14, 2014, 09:18:31 PM »

If you are not a convert, you will not be saved. God calls everyone to make a conversion in their mind and heart. Just because a person is baptized as an infant, does not mean he is a Christian. The Christian faith is a personal decision that everyone is obligated to make if he expects to be saved.

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;" (Acts 3:19).
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« Reply #110 on: March 14, 2014, 09:27:38 PM »

Greetings everyone.
I am not an Orthodox convert yet (as I don't currently attend an Orthodox parish, nor have I been baptized), but God has opened my eyes to see the One, Holy and Apostolic Catholic Church, namely, the Christian Orthodoxy.
I used to be a Reformed Baptist, but after researching into Church history and discovering certain aspects of the Church that seemed foreign to protestantism, I decided to exegete what the Early Church believed in comparison with tenets of protestantism, namely, sola scriptura. I discovered that Sola scriptura was not used in the early church and  instead Holy, Apostolic Tradition was. It was surprising that when the Eccumentical councils ruled, they did not consult scripture solely, nor conducted a comparison with rhetoric in accordance to God's nature, but instead the question the fathers considered was had been handed to them by Holy Tradition, the Tradition taught by our Lord Christ to the Apostles and handed down from generation to generation.

If the reformation was supposed to be a restoration of the Roman Catholic church, it didn't make sense to me how Luther could restore something that was corrupt from start.

If I was to be a slave to God, I thought to myself that I must worship and give glory to God in a matter that is right to Him, and not something fabricated by myself. So I prayed that God, by His grace and will, may reveal to me how I may give right Glory to Him. To my surprise, I was lead to the Orthodox Church, the One, Holy, Undivided, Catholic, and Apostolic Church whose name Orthodox literally means "right glory".

I am yet a Sophmore in highschool, but after pondering what I'd like to do after graduation, I have been earnestly seeking to become an Orthodox monastic in order to strictly devote my entirety to God and purge myself from all my sin. Although I do not know where I would go, I know God's will shall be done, and that a life not lived for God, is a life lived for vanity.

Please play for me, brothers.

Your friend in Christ,
Anders

Without getting too personal and if you don't mind answering this: if you are Baptist would you not have to be Baptized a Baptist to be a Baptist?  Or, is the simple action of going to and attending a Baptist church enough to be considered a Baptist...?  Thank you and excuse my ignorance.
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« Reply #111 on: March 14, 2014, 09:35:09 PM »

If you are not a convert, you will not be saved. God calls everyone to make a conversion in their mind and heart. Just because a person is baptized as an infant, does not mean he is a Christian. The Christian faith is a personal decision that everyone is obligated to make if he expects to be saved.

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;" (Acts 3:19).

It's difficult to say "I am a convert" if you baptized as infant because you raised inside Orthodoxy. Later in your life you probably will research other religions or atheism because you must learn about them and deside if you are in a good place or if something else seems better for you. But if you don't find something else to attract you you continue in the same route and your voyage to Orthodoxy is uninterrupted brom baptism to death.
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« Reply #112 on: March 14, 2014, 11:47:41 PM »

If you are not a convert, you will not be saved. God calls everyone to make a conversion in their mind and heart. Just because a person is baptized as an infant, does not mean he is a Christian. The Christian faith is a personal decision that everyone is obligated to make if he expects to be saved.

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;" (Acts 3:19).

It's difficult to say "I am a convert" if you baptized as infant because you raised inside Orthodoxy. Later in your life you probably will research other religions or atheism because you must learn about them and deside if you are in a good place or if something else seems better for you. But if you don't find something else to attract you you continue in the same route and your voyage to Orthodoxy is uninterrupted brom baptism to death.

And I think, as long as you actually believe, then at some point along the way you -chose- Christ and Orthodoxy.

I have a feeling that's what the poster is meaning.  That as a young adult or older, you keep choosing to stay on the right path. 
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« Reply #113 on: March 15, 2014, 10:55:21 PM »

In most protestant churches if you attend regularly, they'll consider you a member.

I wasn't baptised as an infant, but I stated I was not a convert to the Orthodox faith, because I haven't ever been baptised into an Orthodox Church, or at all for that matter.

I am a Christian through who dearly loves our Lord Jesus Christ, and I ask for His mercy on me each day. I just am such a grave sinner that deserves punishment in hell, and sometimes I get very angry at what I've done and how my sin has affected me.

I have just thought that salvation is a mystery of God; something we aren't to label out with bullet points, or check boxes. The thief on cross was not baptised, but he placed his faith on Jesus Christ by saying, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!"  And our Lord said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise." (Luke 23:32-43)

A very popular belief in protestantism is what's called, "soul winning". It's often believed by those who do not hold to a reformed perspective, and some churches go as far as to lure the youth into church by darkened lights and loud music; creating a mood where they can call them up and have each sign their name on a card that says, 'I place my faith and trust on Jesus Christ for my salvation', or something like that. I just think its so great to know that God is building the Church; He's creating the increase in the seeds planted, and "the gates of hell shall never prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)

I want to convert to Orthodoxy and be baptised for the remission of my sins, but in my current situation, the people whom I live with do not like the Orthodox church. Although, after school is over in a few months, I'll move back with my parents and my twin brother and I will attend an Orthodox mission located very close to home.

I love all of you, my siblings in Christ. I am very ignorant, so forgive me please if I err.
I thought it'd be nice to converse and meet others who share the same faith I seek; whom love God more than anything else.

God bless you; keep me in your prayers,
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« Reply #114 on: March 15, 2014, 11:09:19 PM »

I'm converting because Protestantism is internally untenable, and Orthodoxy is clearly, from my studies, the only Christian tradition that holds to historical Christian doctrine, practice and worship.
I likewise have come to this conclusion.
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« Reply #115 on: March 16, 2014, 03:45:27 PM »

may God guide you.
did you read any good orthodox books?
ones that make sense to people who have been in protestant churches are 'the orthodox way' and 'the orthodox church' by metropolitan kallistos ware of the eccumenical patriarchate (from the part of the greek orthodox church which is based in istanbul).
they are easy to read books, good for a grassy spot in the park / beach or an aeroplane flight.
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« Reply #116 on: March 20, 2014, 12:04:16 AM »

Hoping to convert

Baptist --> Pentecostal --> Assembly of God --> Foursquare Gospel --> Non-denominational --> Orthodox inquirer/catechumen? (Father has referred to me as a catechumen, but I'm not sure if I'm official) Wink

I want to convert because I realized that what I had been taught so far has been contradictory, there have been many holes in it. No one agrees. When I set out to find the "truth" (thinking there were only Roman Catholic and many protestant churches, so believing I would find which protestant church to follow) I discovered that there was 1500 years of church history I knew nothing about and that my churches so far have all ignored. So I studied much to decide what seems true, and every truth I think I find ends up being contained in the Orthodox theology. I check history, and I believe the Orthodox have the faith as it was delivered, once and for all. (At least I am about 98% sure I believe this.)

I struggle with a few Protestant ideas, but more out of habit than even intellectual belief anymore. I have only been pursuing Orthodoxy for a few months.

Oh, and I attended several Baptist churches. They all insisted on BEING baptized, as an adult (they only accept credo-baptism, not paedobaptism), and you do have to officially sign papers to join the church. Some may insist on baptizing you themselves, full immersion in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. They do not accept sprinkling baptism. Or baptism in Jesus' name only, generally speaking.

Many protestant churches accept you as a member through attending, some require agreement, signature, testimony of salvation, interview. Nearly all want you to be baptized at some point, but it is considered a sign and a point of obedience, not salvific. (At least not in any of the denominations I know - Lutheran and some of the older Protestant denoms accept paedobaptism and salvific baptism.)
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« Reply #117 on: May 11, 2014, 12:36:41 PM »

Hoping to convert soon.

various Evangelical churches (Pentecostal, Charismatic, AME) -> Baptist -> a whole bunch of stuff (annihilationism, Judaizing, sacred name movement, denial of the existence of the Holy Spirit and of the divinity of Jesus) while still nominally Baptist -> Orthodox inquirer
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« Reply #118 on: May 11, 2014, 04:00:20 PM »

Convert.
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« Reply #120 on: May 11, 2014, 05:13:44 PM »

I am a convert.  I was baptized as a Southern Baptist, then went to a Fundamentalist Baptist Church, then back to Southern Baptist (which is nowhere near as strict). 
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« Reply #121 on: May 11, 2014, 06:19:12 PM »

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