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    Joe
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    Let me first make it clear that I am technically still a Protestant, (many of my “conveniently straight” family members have already been chismated Orthodox) although I do hope to someday be accepted into the Orthodox faith without being required to divorce my husband… (I’m not holding my breath!)
    My question to any Orthodox person who used to be Protestant is, “Do you find it hard to get rid of non-orthodox ideas accumulated from years of Protestantism? If so, what is the most difficult ‘Protestant heresy’ to let go of, and how do you deal with it?”

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    Maria
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    I came from a Catholic background, not Protestant, but even so, there are some “Catholic things” I sometimes struggle to get out of my system/thinking.
    Such as, a logic-driven/legalistic way of viewing theology and spirituality, and the ol’ fashioned Catholic guilt.

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    Ron
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    I was reared Lutheran and am now Episcoplian. I attend st. seraphim irregulalry in Dallas, Tx. I am very ignorant still of much of what represents Orthodoxy. Could either Maria or Joe explain what you mean as it relates to Joe’s in reference to Orthodox vs Protestant thinking.
    While i have arrived for Divine Liturgy and left without making a point to speak to anyone, neither has anyone ever made an attempt to speak to me. That seems so different from Protestant customs. Any suggestions how i might handle this, as i would like to actually meet some of those in attendance. Tank you.
    Ron

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    Joe
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    There are a few reasons why no one at your local Orthodox Church has tried to talk to you; the simplest explanation being that many of the parishioners might not speak English! I do find it strange that no one has even asked who you are; at our local Greek Orthodox church, not only does everyone (including the clergy) want to know who you are, they also want to know if you are Orthodox, where you’re from, why you’re there, and of course, “Are you Greek?” If you’re not Orthodox, they are more than happy to show you around the church, explaining the icons, teaching you Greek, etc.
    I am assuming St. Seraphim is a pretty large parish… Perhaps you are simply blending into the crowd, although your abstinence from taking communion should be a dead giveaway as to your visitor status… I’m sure that if you continue to attend the liturgy, someone will eventually want to know “what’s up”…
    As far as the big differences between Protestantism and Orthodoxy, I am afraid I am not really qualified to say much about it, since I am very new to Orthodoxy myself… You might want to just look at an Orthodox catechism book and make your own comparisons, although there are many differences that run a little deeper than the material covered in my catechism book.
    I will venture to guess that if you simply asked someone at your local church, lay or clergy, (make sure they speak English before you launch into your spiel!) to help you get better oriented, they would be more than happy to assist you… but prepare yourself to answer a lot of questions; it may be difficult to “put the lid back on” once you start the process… Good luck and God bless you!

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    Ron
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    Thank you very much Joe. I appreciate your ideas. Ron

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    Joe
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    Dear Ron… After much thought and prayer, I can only tell you what I perceive to be the shortcomings of Protestantism… Only God can know our hearts, and I don’t think we are necessarily damned for being Protestant or anything (I am not trying to belittle or trash anyone), but this is how I see it, and these are purely my own opinions:
    My main problem with Protestantism is that they seem to have traded in the “big Pope” for lots of “little Popes”… Every little disagreement about anything, from coffee to communion, leads to a “new church”, a “new pastor” etc, which is very sad to me… There seems to be no injunction against starting your own church in Protestantism, even though I’m pretty sure that Christ tells us in no uncertain words NOT to do that… Ever! Not to mention the “lah-dee-dah” way they seem to treat their (so-called) sacraments, if they retain them at all. (I can eat regular bread and wine in memoriam of Christ at home anytime I want!) also, I personally reject the “I’m my own boss, who needs saints?” attitude… As if we could all be our own personal apostles! If I am getting my history correct, Martin Luther did not intend to make another fracture in Christ’s Church, but rather to heal her from within, but he did not succeed and ended up going too far with the changes. I have heard many Orthodox people (and RCs too) say, “They threw the baby out with the bath water!”

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