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« Reply #45 on: November 22, 2013, 05:39:28 PM »

Convert from RC and Heinz 57.

Did you convert to A1? If not, you are still under anathema.


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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 »

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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).

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« Reply #56 on: November 25, 2013, 02:40:54 PM »

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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« Reply #57 on: November 26, 2013, 09:50:07 AM »

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.

noun kon-vurt
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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.

noun kon-vurt
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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*
IMHO, it's always helpful to keep in mind that our conversion is continuous. Thanks! Smiley

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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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« Reply #64 on: December 04, 2013, 05:49:21 PM »

Convert

Born/raised Methodist > Anglicanism > Orthodoxy
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« Reply #65 on: December 05, 2013, 02:59:40 AM »

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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« Reply #67 on: December 05, 2013, 05:51:47 PM »

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?

Many years!
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« Reply #68 on: December 06, 2013, 10:55:26 AM »

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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« Reply #70 on: December 28, 2013, 12:23:37 AM »

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.
Recently, I have opened my mind and heart to find that the Early Church and True Church has been faithful all this time and here I am.
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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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« Reply #74 on: January 12, 2014, 06:17:25 AM »

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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« Reply #75 on: January 12, 2014, 08:54:07 AM »

raised secular > seeker >  roman catholic > catechumen in Orthodox parish now
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« Reply #76 on: January 12, 2014, 10:03:41 AM »

Convert from Southern Baptist.

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« Reply #77 on: January 13, 2014, 08:42:23 AM »

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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« Reply #78 on: January 13, 2014, 09:52:55 AM »

Rabid fundamentalist (ala Bob Jones University)
Southern Baptist/generic evangelical
agnostic/secularist
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« Reply #79 on: January 13, 2014, 11:23:35 AM »

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 #80 on: January 13, 2014, 11:24:18 AM »

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.
Well, that is one goal, I guess...
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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
(maybe i will visit her and then drop by a church with her one day).

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..."
(With all due respect to the Lord, I hope you understand: my limited human brain simply can't express the nanosecond whatever-it-was.)
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« Reply #84 on: January 13, 2014, 08:42:36 PM »

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« Reply #85 on: January 20, 2014, 12:50:40 AM »

convert from Anglicanism - should have seen it coming when Spong & Co. decided that the  Bible (and God) were "irrelevant."
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« Reply #86 on: February 27, 2014, 07:34:34 PM »

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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