If I recall correctly from your original post you spoke of this process of
seeking as "gut wrenching". Indeed, that description is quite accurate. I
know that in my own process of seeking I practically felt the things I had
come to believe in being peeled off of me, as layers of an onion, and each
thing ripped off felt more painful than the last. In the end, I came to
peace in knowing that my search for "Truth" had found its terminus in Holy
Orthodoxy. But the process wasn't easy. The reward, however, was
I truly believe that if we seek, we will find. Sometimes in that process
we will be forced to confront things that are in conflict with the Truth.
It can feel like a deception...like we have been deceived (and in a way we
have!) when we find these things. I believe those who have gone before us
genuinely attempted with all sincerity to right the wrongs they
encountered. But at some point they fell off the track...for various
The attraction to Sola Scriptura is really having an endpoint...a place
where you can be certain Truth resides. But how the Holy Scriptures are to
be understood....well, you know this can vary from denomination to
denomination so it often isn't the endpoint we expect it to be.
So this can be a difficult way ahead. That's OK though. Knowing Truth is
worth it. A number of participants gave up everything...meaning their
reputations and livelihoods as Lutheran pastors...to convert to Holy
Orthodoxy. They can be a huge help. Give yourself some time. Wrestle with
the things than need to be wrestled with...and take to heart the input this
group can provide.
On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM, mygourami <mygourami@...> wrote:
> To get all our answers. The priest at the Orthodox church we are visiting
> has given us some answers via a method we are used to. My husband and I are
> 'sola scriptura' folks by default because we've never found answers in
> church. So now my husband is studying the early Church Fathers and early
> Church history.
> We are studying the Book of John with the Orthodox church and will attend
> an Introduction to the church soon.
> Those two issues I have are because I have been conditioned against them.
> That can be so strong, and so hard to overcome sometimes. But I am hoping
> and praying that the Lord guide me to His truth. I am seeing snippets of
> hope in the writings of the early church.
> Maria Briva
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