I will continue to believe as I do because the Priests I have spoken with have all told me that I have the freedom to believe as I wish, I can form my private theological opinions on these matters because they aren't doctrine.
This cannot go without correction since we must have regard to the fact that anyone can read these posts and we must not allow misleading information to lie here without comment. What is said in the sentences quoted is profoundly un-Orthodox. If any Orthodox priest has said this he is wrong and should be corrected. We do not tailor Orthodoxy to fit our inclinations. To believe in the truth of what the Church teaches in her hymnography and iconography is in no way radical or in any sense 'fundamentalist' or 'ultra-traditional'. It is the Orthodox faith pure and simple. To reduce what the Holy Church teaches in her major feasts to a mere symbolism which may be accepted or not according to an individual's fancy is completely unacceptable. If anyone, layman or priest, wishes to go off and invent an Orthodoxy in the image of his own fallen reason and intellect, he is free to do but he is not free to say that those here or anywhere who uphold Holy Tradition and the Orthodox faith are wrong.
Edited by Andreas Moran, 02 February 2013 - 06:49 PM.