Does it really make a difference what anyone believes in regard to faith?
Is not God merciful and forgiving?
Or is he worried about formality?
I mean denominations here.
Well, I've heard expressed by several priests and hierarchs that the only "criteria" for salvation is to be like Christ, and that there will be, at the Judgement Day, people who never heard of Jesus Christ during their lives, as well as people who only heard the craziest, stupidest version of the gospel out there (anyone who's read The Poisonwood Bible has an idea about what I mean) and rejected faith in Christ because of that ignorance or stupidity, yet because they had been seeking Goodness, Purity, Truth, Love, Peace et al during their lives, will recognize Jesus Christ when they see Him, for He is the embodiment of all that they will have been looking for.
So I would broaden your original question, Dismus -- I don't even think God will be limited to Christian denominations, but will have as His children in His Kingdom folks from every tribe, tongue, and nation, regardless of whether or not they formally knew about or accepted Christ, His message and His Church in this life.
So, then, why do I insist that people not only follow the teachings of the Christian Scriptures, but do so according to the teachings of the Orthodox Church? Primarily because, as we teach, it is not some demand of God's that we need to satisfy
by reciting the right creed ("no filioque, please
) or being under Bishop +X, but rather that only in the Orthodox faith will we receive, as Zoe put it, the full picture of the Savior, and thus will have everything
available to us that Christ gave to humanity through His Church, in order that we might fully
grow into His image and likeness.