mommymilkies Posted July 8, 2012 Share Posted July 8, 2012 (edited) I have been having some spiritual crises lately and was wondering about some of these things. PLEASE-no debate. And I am not trying to be insulting, these are real actual concerns of mine that I am trying to overcome to "figure it out". It probably sounds dumber typed up than it does in my head! :lol: Note: Our household will be on a media fast for two weeks starting tomorrow. So I can respond today, but otherwise I will hop on real quickly to print off replies to read offline (while I print my Montessori training materials to read through the week!). Please don't take my absence of reply as me not caring. I will be reading and thinking and I will not be able to reply much. TIA! Background: I was raised in a religiously diverse household of Pantheists, Catholics, Jews (Orthodox and Liberal), Baptists, and Atheists. At age 12 I blacked out and had a very scary religious experience that called me to Catholicism. It still haunts me to this day, and I feel like that is where I "should" be. I also moved across the street to a Catholic church, so I don't have much of an excuse. ;) However, I consider myself more of a confused Pantheist. I can not rationalize almost any of the church teachings. I want/need to convert in one way, but I can not do so logically. I have been reading up on Orthodoxy (after a thread I started last year that got some replies) and I seem to fit more into that mold from what I have read. BUT there are NO Orthodox churches anywhere near me to go and try or learn more. Please don't tell me to pray with my husband or ask his opinion. He is an avid Atheist (which is fine), but I know his opinion and it's not very helpful. ;) First: What are the major differences between Catholic and Orthodox churches and beliefs? Please dumb this down for me. My head got all tangled in several online articles on very specific religious philosophy and now I am more confused than I was before. If you are Orthodox: 1. What is your belief about God? 2. How do you think of God? (Vengeful, Loving, All powerful, somewhat Pantheistic-everywhere in everything, etc.) 3. Is there anything I should know about your beliefs that sets you apart somewhat? 4. Is the Bible to be taken as without error and literal or as inspired by God but written by Man? 5. What is your belief about evil and Satan? If you are Catholic: 1. Is the Bible inerrant? Can parts be taken as metaphor or does it all have to be literally believed (i.e. 7 24 hour days of creation)? 2. How do you reconcile with the bloody history of the church? 3. What is your belief about evil and Satan? 4. How do you think of God? (Vengeful, Loving, All powerful, somewhat Pantheistic-everywhere in everything, etc.) ETA: Please feel free to PM or email me if you would like this to be private. :) Edited July 8, 2012 by mommymilkies Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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