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« on: November 23, 2013, 10:31:16 PM »
Hey guys. I'm new here, I've only made a couple of posts, still getting used to this whole "forum" thing (can't find the delete post button). I can now see why people spend so much time on forums. I was raised Baptist and had no idea the Orthodox Church existed. It was a family discussion on how OT saints were saved and got to heaven that led me to search further for the answer (google). This was the beginning of my journey to Orthodoxy. I looked up other stuff too, and ended up believing in annihilationism and became a Judaizer. I even denied that the Holy Spirit even existed and that Jesus was merely an exalted human. But then I came across the Church Fathers and Tradition, and once I found out about the Orthodox Church and realized that it was the Church, I put away all my heresy.  Although I currently can't attend an Orthodox Church right now (due to living on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean), I am waiting until I go away to college, which is very soon. I haven't told my family any of this yet, and I wouldn't know when, what, or how to say it. I am so thankful they are not anti-Catholic. Please pray for me.
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2013, 10:40:33 PM »
Hey guys. I'm new here, I've only made a couple of posts, still getting used to this whole "forum" thing (can't find the delete post button). I can now see why people spend so much time on forums. I was raised Baptist and had no idea the Orthodox Church existed. It was a family discussion on how OT saints were saved and got to heaven that led me to search further for the answer (google). This was the beginning of my journey to Orthodoxy. I looked up other stuff too, and ended up believing in annihilationism and became a Judaizer. I even denied that the Holy Spirit even existed and that Jesus was merely an exalted human. But then I came across the Church Fathers and Tradition, and once I found out about the Orthodox Church and realized that it was the Church, I put away all my heresy.  Although I currently can't attend an Orthodox Church right now (due to living on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean), I am waiting until I go away to college, which is very soon. I haven't told my family any of this yet, and I wouldn't know when, what, or how to say it. I am so thankful they are not anti-Catholic. Please pray for me.
Lord, have mercy! Welcome to the forum! :)

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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2013, 10:55:00 PM »
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2013, 11:01:38 PM »
Welcome!  :)
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2013, 11:17:36 PM »
Welcome to the forum!   :)

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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2013, 11:19:15 PM »
You sound like a cool person. Welcome to the forum.
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2013, 11:45:43 PM »
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2013, 12:04:39 PM »
(can't find the delete post button).

You won't. Users are not allowed to delete posts.

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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2013, 01:12:46 PM »
Welcome to OC.net

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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2013, 01:39:04 PM »
Hi there! Hope you like it here.  :)
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2013, 02:37:02 AM »
Welcome. As Michal said you can't delete. You can edit though, at least until someone else has posted..
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2013, 04:20:09 AM »
Welcome dear brother Laird, I pray that you will find the forum very encouraging in your journey in Christ :D
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2013, 08:30:40 PM »
Welcome :)

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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2013, 09:30:25 PM »
I was raised Baptist myself. My parish priest was once a Baptist minister as well. Welcome my friend.
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2013, 05:11:41 PM »
Welcome!  I grew up Pentecostal and made my move through Baptist and non-denominational organizations.  Keep praying and learning, because God will bring you to His Church!  Or His Church to you! 
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2014, 02:01:07 PM »
Thanks everyone!  :)

Welcome. As Michal said you can't delete. You can edit though, at least until someone else has posted..

Lol, I've found that out the hard way. It takes me forever to come up with a satisfying enough post with tons of editing done to it before and after posting it. As you can see, it took me 6 months to come up with this response.  ;D

I was raised Baptist myself. My parish priest was once a Baptist minister as well. Welcome my friend.
Welcome!  I grew up Pentecostal and made my move through Baptist and non-denominational organizations.  Keep praying and learning, because God will bring you to His Church!  Or His Church to you! 

Cool! And Hecma, I'm very familiar with Pentecostalism/Charismaticism(?); I've attended Pentecostal/Charismatic churches many times. Plus, my parents are charismatic.
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2014, 02:47:22 PM »
Welcome! May the Lord be with you ion your spiritual journey.

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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2014, 03:21:13 PM »
Welcome, I grew up with a little bit of every thing and now I am home (25 years Orthodox) :)

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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2014, 01:12:52 AM »
Hey Laird. Believe it or not I had the very same problem. I wanted to become Orthodox but could not because I lived on a very small island in the Pacific. The nearest parishes were all over six hours away by commercial airliner. 

But...God is faithful. I eventually made contact with an Orthodox priest who spoke English from the cathedral in Tokyo. After a little bit of correspondence, his bishop gave permission/economia for an on line/email catechumentate....which was every bit as hard as a college course, and when the priest thought it was time, the invitation was given to go to Tokyo, get baptized, chrismated, etc. Wonderful time.

The island thing is not an insurmountable obstacle...I know, first hand. Takes time, but it can be done.

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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2014, 01:47:49 AM »
What islands are you two from?

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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2014, 02:46:47 AM »
I lived for 12 years on the Island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands.

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« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2014, 02:50:02 AM »
I lived for 12 years on the Island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands.

That's quite far away from the rest of the world!

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« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2014, 12:48:53 AM »
What islands are you two from?

I'm from Bermuda.
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« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2014, 05:22:04 AM »
Orthodoxy goes global ;)
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #24 on: May 30, 2014, 03:45:14 PM »
I haven't told my family any of this yet, and I wouldn't know when, what, or how to say it.

Might not be easy. My father took it quite hard when I got baptised aged 19. He was Methodist, and I also was a member of the Methodist Church. But he and my mother came to accept it. You may find honesty and frankness turn out to be the best policy.
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« Reply #25 on: May 30, 2014, 03:48:34 PM »
I haven't told my family any of this yet, and I wouldn't know when, what, or how to say it.

Might not be easy. My father took it quite hard when I got baptised aged 19. He was Methodist, and I also was a member of the Methodist Church. But he and my mother came to accept it. You may find honesty and frankness turn out to be the best policy.
I didn't know there was Methodists in the UK. I thought that was an American thing.
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« Reply #26 on: May 30, 2014, 03:51:16 PM »
I haven't told my family any of this yet, and I wouldn't know when, what, or how to say it.

Might not be easy. My father took it quite hard when I got baptised aged 19. He was Methodist, and I also was a member of the Methodist Church. But he and my mother came to accept it. You may find honesty and frankness turn out to be the best policy.
I didn't know there was Methodists in the UK. I thought that was an American thing.

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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #27 on: May 30, 2014, 04:48:37 PM »
I didn't know there was Methodists in the UK. I thought that was an American thing.

You might want to read the wiki article on Methodism ;)

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« Reply #28 on: May 30, 2014, 04:56:07 PM »
I didn't know there was Methodists in the UK. I thought that was an American thing.

You might want to read the wiki article on Methodism ;)
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« Reply #29 on: May 30, 2014, 04:57:18 PM »
I haven't told my family any of this yet, and I wouldn't know when, what, or how to say it.

Might not be easy. My father took it quite hard when I got baptised aged 19. He was Methodist, and I also was a member of the Methodist Church. But he and my mother came to accept it. You may find honesty and frankness turn out to be the best policy.
I didn't know there was Methodists in the UK. I thought that was an American thing.

Didn't Methodism originate from the UK?
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #30 on: May 30, 2014, 05:34:15 PM »
Hey Laird. Believe it or not I had the very same problem. I wanted to become Orthodox but could not because I lived on a very small island in the Pacific. The nearest parishes were all over six hours away by commercial airliner. 

But...God is faithful. I eventually made contact with an Orthodox priest who spoke English from the cathedral in Tokyo. After a little bit of correspondence, his bishop gave permission/economia for an on line/email catechumentate....which was every bit as hard as a college course, and when the priest thought it was time, the invitation was given to go to Tokyo, get baptized, chrismated, etc. Wonderful time.

The island thing is not an insurmountable obstacle...I know, first hand. Takes time, but it can be done.


Thanks for the encouragement. That must have been tough for you. I think I'm in a better position. But yeah, I definitely agree with you. It is not impossible. Where there's a will, there's a way.  :)
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Re: New Guy to the forum
« Reply #31 on: May 30, 2014, 06:27:09 PM »
I didn't know there was Methodists in the UK. I thought that was an American thing.

Methodism is the way Wales chose to distance itself from the CoE. :)
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