Most traditional divisions are not over concerns central to salvation, as you all know, but over trivials.
You seem to be saying the non-orthodox believers are incapable of becoming christlike. I would use this phrase ---non- Christians are incapable of becoming Christlike.
Who told you that?
I assume therefore that you associate the term "orthodox with the term "Christian". Therefore everyone who is non-orthodox is non-christian in your mind.
If this is correct?
Assumptions are unsafe. You assume incorrectly.
The next question becomes is the term "orthodox tradition" - the words you use to signify the process of the conformation to Christ.
Or is the term "orthodox tradition" a denominational label?
It is not a denominational label. There is the Church Tradition that is pretty much identical in all orthodox churches, and then there are the tiny details that make the Greeks Greek, the Russians Russian, the Romanians Romanian - and us converts can pick and choose any of those that we take a fancy to, because those just add spice and color to our celebrations. No one messes with the Traditions that are handed down by the fathers, Traditions that our forefathers died for... these Traditions bring healing to our souls, and they have no substitutes - Baptism, Confession, Eucharist - and so forth.
I probably view the term this way because I have to suffer through many schisms or denominationally divergent thought processes in my life. Such as lutheran baptist etc.
There isn't any suffering that Christ cannot cure.
If I myself a non-orthodox believer follows Christ will Jesus transform me so that I can oversome sin? Or will he only transform those who convert to the orthdox tradition and adopt the label orthodox?
There isn't anything that Christ cannot do. But He does not force Himself on anyone. He will only change you to the extent that you are willing to let Him change you. Are you willing to follow Him anywhere? Even into the Orthodox Church?
Must I humble myself before your tradition or before Jesus Christ before I become eligible for this transformation to the image of Christ?
The tradition isn't ours. It is Christ's. Do you wish to humble yourself before Him? If you are, He won't let you down. Only Christ can help anyone become like Himself. And He's free to work in anyone He want's to work in. How are you going to make sure you're willing to be worked on by Him?
I have my traditions that help me judge my own willingness to change - there are the regular fasts that I can keep or not, there are the prayers that I can partake of or not, I can go to confessions or not, I can forgive my brother or not. The more willing I am to humble myself to these things that Christ has commanded me to do, the more He can work on me and transform me. I am my own judge. I know full well when I am willing to be transformed, and when my pride gets in the way. How do you judge yourself?
Can I be saved if I don't understand God? Of course! - we all start out not understanding and I think I am safe in saying none of us will ever understand God completely.
What I am saying is that salvation is not dependant upon knowledge but trust in Jesus Christ.
We're all saved by God's mercy, not by what we do, or how well we talk, or how well we understand. We all have some kind of understanding. God does find those who seek Him, and He reveals Himself in ways that we can comprehend so we can choose to respond to Him, or not.
In my case, I came to point where I knew I'd be disobedient to Him, if I refused to become Orthodox. He didn't force me to become Orthodox. But I was at a place where I had to make a choice. He had made it clear to me that the life I'd been living was ok, but there was a LOT more. If I wanted more, I had to keep moving - into the unknown Orthodox Church. You're right when you say it's about trust. I had to choose between trusting Him and going to a church that might just turn out to be another complicated human tradition, or remain in my uncomplicated protestant tradition that wasn't feeding me like I longed to be fed.
He didn't tell me ahead of time, what would happen if I chose to become Orthodox. But I knew what would happen if I chose to remain protestant. I would die of starvation, knowing everyday, that I'd lost my chance to maybe find some food for my soul.
I knew that I could not be saved, if I deliberately chose to not follow Him. Till He brings you to the place where you need to make such a choice, I don't think you can. All you can do, is to just make sure that every choice you make keeps you moving closer to Him. That's all I could do - and my choices led me to the Orthodox Church. Even now, I find that my choices remain the same - I can continue getting closer to Him, or fall away from Him. Some days I make the right choices, some days I don't.