Ok, this will sound completely stupid, but even after a year of studying Orthodoxy and knowing tons about it, I haven't come across what exactly Oriental and Coptic Orthodoxy are. I know that Oriental must mean the Asian Orthodox churches (Antioch, Jerusalem, and Alexandria), and the Copts are Egyptians (I think..). This concerns me, especially thinking that 3 Patriarchal cities are 'out of it'.
However, the part that confuses me the most is how Ive heard from some people that the Orientals AREN'T apart of the Official Orthodox Churches. Ive also heard the same about the Copts.
After that, I have another question, of which Ive argued with my Jehovah Witness friend about. As you know, they reject the Trinity.
When I asked why, he said because (from what he's learned), the members of the Trinity are all equal.
After furrowing my brow, I recalled what my priest said on Sunday how they aren't equal to eachother. So, after this, I cant honestly see how anyone can reject it, and neither can he.
Can someone tell me why some people would reject it knowing that they're probably worshipping the Trinity anyway?
And my final question:
I am considering entering the U.S. Navy as an officer through the Academy. What is the Orthodox's view from defending your country (and if need be, killing)? And if you must kill someone in war, is there a restriction placed upon you by the church? (I.e. Not being able to become a priest, barred from communion for a certain amount of time, etc.)