Many thanks, dear friends.
While I agree with almost everything you write, I have to select some of your thoughts and make it as a "list".
One thing that Kosta opened in my mind is that in the Orthodox Church one is called for perfection in Christ, while in the Protestantism the church is called for perfection in democracy, human rights, etc.
Bingo. European christianity is a godless christianity. Best seen in groups like the Salvation Army,Unitarians, and all the reformed state Lutheran churches, and we can even lump the ecumenists in that category. They are simply extensions of liberal democracies.
Virtually all the virtues of liberal democracies are considered either not ideal or right out sinful in Orthodoxy. Heck, the very symbolisms of the Church requires us to favor an absolute monarchy over any democracy. So when a person is born and raised in the modern day european environment and he asks what are the differences between Orthodoxy and the rest we don't have to sugarcoat anything. Just tell him to throw out all his preconceived notions, it's everything that modernist european culture is not.
We reject women from ordination because 'patriarchy' is sufficient. The entire reason deaconess are no longer appointed is precisely because equality has made the office obselete. No longer are priests required to have a deaconess present to assist in female baptisms, nor are men and women segregated anymore rendering the order obselete. A priest can lawfully enter a womans quarters and administer the sacraments themselves now.
We do not accept homosexual unions, as they are sinful and soul condemning regardless of what european christianity preaches. We cannot marry such people because our wedding service is mostly fertility prayers (among other things), the same reason why people over 60 are not married.
We do not believe in eqalitarianism of the sexes because God has an ordering of the sexes and nature bears this out.
We do not look to social justice as a substitute for personal holiness. Planting a tree does not mean you are exempt from fasting or the sacraments like members of the Salvation Army believe.
Edited by Kosta, 29 December 2015 - 12:45 AM.