Anyway, thats my $.02. I'm not interested in getting into theological or apologetic debates because I've been through that dog and pony show enough times to know that it gets nowhere in solving complex disputes that have gone unsettled for hundreds of years. I'm firmly convinced that whatever faith or denomination a person lands in, it has little to do with a thoroughly reasoned out investigation and more to do with deeper psychological processes and past experiences, usually the negative ones. The reasoned out reasons always come after the person already has had an emotional turning.
I agree with that to a point. Of course there are psychological processes and past experiences involved in conversion, and there is the Holy Spirit, who goes where He will and affects each one differently.
But for many of us conversion to Orthodoxy came in the face of lots of familial, emotional, and psychological reasons not
to convert and had practically nothing to do with bad experiences with the former denomination.
I, for one, was a Lutheran and the descendant of Lutherans. In fact, my fifth great grandfather and grandmother were married by Rev. Heinrich Melchior Muehlenberg in Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Lancaster, PA, in 1781. If you don't think that fact created an emotional and psychological bond for me, well, you're much mistaken.
had a bad experience with the Lutheran Church (I attended both the LCMS and the ELCA), in fact, just the opposite.
When I was a teenager I was involved in the Southern Baptist Church, in Campus Crusade for Christ, and in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
I never had any bad experiences with any of those organizations either.
I became Orthodox because I became convinced that Orthodoxy is the truth. I will not deny that processes other than reason were involved; of course they were.
But it also cost me something
to become Orthodox, which I guess is one of the reasons why I treasure the Church so much.
She is the Pearl of Great Price: not cheaply had . . . and worth it!