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I had an original idea about how I would wrap up this endeavor, but it changed several times along the way.
At first, I'd do a summary, ending by tying in everything to how the Republicans are screwing up the information that hits the public. Then I decided that was too political for this site.
Then, I wanted to go into how big business is screwing its employees over. Then I thought about how that could affect any job I get in the future.
The next idea was to discuss how children are not being raised right. But the wrath of parents is too great.
There were other ideas, all of which were not satisfying. Then it dawned on me that I would not be satisfied until I'd gone into every last detail . . . which is exactly what the last blog was about.
So, these past few months, I was sitting at home a loooooooong time before it hit me. What I should talk about is . . . nothing.
Screw that. I'm going to talk about why I'm joining the Orthodox Church.
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I was raised in the United Church of Christ. The church, which is generally liberal, has a very strong conservative congregation. Most of them followed and taught what I would later find out is called "Sole Scriptura", which is Greek for "only what is written", a reference to "Scripture only".
I had too many questions, and I wasn't getting answers. My friends felt the same way. Now, over twenty years later, only two of us are still there, and I don't know how dedicated they are. I was the first to leave, in 1985. I've only been back twice: My nephew's baptism and my niece's confirmation. Then, there was my mother's funeral service, which really doesn't count.
For years, I practiced Sole Scriptura, mainly because I didn't know anything else. It all changed when I was reading about Egypt (one of my favorite history subjects) and discovered the iconoclast controvery. The iconoclasts were Christians who believed all images were idolatrous, and went so far as to smash ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics in the sixth and seventh centuries until they were handled by the Seventh Ecumenical Council. I had never heard about these "Ecumenical Councils". I looked them up and realized these ten councils (Orthodoxy only recognizes seven) shaped the modern church in unbelievable ways, but they were not part of Scripture! I looked for more and more, finding the works of Josephus, Africanus, St. Basil the Great, and many more--none of them in Scripture, but all agreeing with it!
Then, knowing the debate over who split off from who between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholics, I made a discovery: Rome has continually changed their canons and created dogmas, while Orthodoxy has stayed basically the same, except for those seven Ecumenical Councils that changed very little about the Church (except one major thing, which I won't go into, not even in a future blog). Having decided that Orthodoxy was more like what the Christian Church should be (I'd made my decision at this point), I looked into the still further. The problem began at the Second Ecumenical Council in 381. It was the interpretation of the third church canon that led to the problem:
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