Grew up with an extremely devout (yet doctrinally vague) mother, whose sole criteria for faith was the scriptural account that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and God the Son, whose death, burial and resurrection was the only way for sinners to get to heaven, and for whose influence I will be eternally (and I'm pretty sure I mean that literally) grateful.
Anyway, grew up in the Bible Church until the age of 9, after which we moved to the Southern Baptist Church (our Bible Church congregation split), where I stayed until age 20. Basically, I was a "bapticostal" who held to much the same criteria as my dear mother. Started asking questions about why no one in the first couple of centuries believed the same way I did, and what basis I had for holding my doctrines "according to Scripture" when the ones who sat at the feet of the NT's authors held to such different views (in consensus) than I did. Realized that, if the first and early-second century Christians ALL held to sacraments, an apostolically successive hierarchy, liturgical worship, and the reality of the possibility of losing one's salvation (among other things), then I definitely had reason to "jump ship." Long story short, was received via chrismation into the Orthodox Church on Holy Saturday of '01. Worshipping the way Christians have always worshipped, I've never been happier.
Also...I realize (truly I do) how easy it is to badmouth our former confessions. I've given in to that temptation many times myself. But--and I say this not just as a mod but as a brother in Christ--let's try to keep the "former confession bashing" to a minimum (if possible, let's just not do it). When the passions rise up to tempt us to do this, we can pray for those still outside the safe harbor of the Church.
For the good estate of the holy churches of God, and for the union [thereto] of all men, let us pray to the Lord.
Good topic, aserb!