Orthodox christian morality dating
Eventually they faced the question of which of the two most ancient churches, the Roman Catholic or the Orthodox, makes the most convincing claim of being the original Church of the Apostles.A lifelong Orthodox says that what men like is "stability: Men find they can trust the Orthodox Church because of the consistent and continuous tradition of faith it has maintained over the centuries." A convert says, "The Orthodox Church offers what others do not: continuity with the first followers of Christ." This is continuity, not archeology; the early church still exists, and you can join it.
Regular days of fasting from meat and dairy, "standing for hours on end, performing prostrations, going without food and water [before communion]... The fact that you must 'struggle' during worship by standing up throughout long services is itself a challenge men are willing to take up." A recent convert summed up, "Orthodoxy is serious. "Most guys feel a lot more comfortable when they know what's expected of them." "Orthodoxy presents a reasonable set of boundaries." "It's easier for guys to express themselves in worship if there are guidelines about how it's supposed to workespecially when those guidelines are so simple and down-to-earth that you can just set out and start doing something." "The prayers the Church provides for us morning prayers, evening prayers, prayers before and after meals, and so on give men a way to engage in spirituality without feeling put on the spot, or worrying about looking stupid because they don't know what to say." They appreciate learning clear-cut physical actions that are expected to form character and understanding.
Men also appreciate that this challenge has a goal: union with God. " Orthodoxy preserves and transmits ancient Christian wisdom about how to progress toward this union, which is called "theosis." Every sacrament or spiritual exercise is designed to bring the person, body and soul, further into continual awareness of the presence of Christ within, and also within every other human being.
One said that in a previous church "I didn't feel I was getting anywhere in my spiritual life (or that there was anywhere to get to I was already there, right? As a cloth becomes saturated with dye by osmosis, we are saturated with God by theosis.
"Bridal Mysticism" was enthusiastically adopted by devout women, and left an enduring stamp on Western Christianity. For centuries in the West, men who chose the ministry have been stereotyped as effeminate.
A life-long Orthodox layman says that, from the outside, Western Christianity strikes him as "a love story written for women by women." The Eastern Church escaped Bridal Mysticism because the great split between East and West had already taken place.But most churches want us to behave like orderly gentlemen, keeping our hands and mouths nice and clean." One man said that worship at his Pentecostal church had been "largely an emotional experience. I am basically a do-er, I want to do things, and not talk about or emote my way through them!