Having skimmed the many posts in this area, here is my initila post ever:
ALTHO I agree completely with the losses cited of original Christianity, eg, ordaining practicing homosexuals, I hope there is a better way to protect truth without animosity. I don't believe current pope is evil, and I do believe Pope JP2 was saintly, tho not necessarily infallible.
My impression is that Peter was chosen as the first 'Pope,' but that is a tilte that could reside in Moscow, or Athens as easliy as Rome. Perhaps under a differnet name, even 'first among equals.' So much semantics confuse me, I am interested in the truth, and the obligation of Christians to 'go forth and proclaim the word.' I am much more inspired by the first milennium of Christianity than the secend. That is my model, and HOPE, which clearly would put Orthodoxy in the lead. But I don't think anyone has a monopoly in proclaiming perfect truth completely, unless we have some true supernaturals in any hierarchy.
So, my question: Is there any particular link focused on what can be done to unite the 2 closest communions continuing Christianity?
I am frustrated that more open proseletyzing is not done by BOTH Orthodox and Latin, such that more error is spread than either Orth or Latin churches contain.
In Latin America, I'd love to see Orthodox take up some burden of proclaiming Gospels, but in Russian, where Evangelicals grow fastest, Orthodox should welcome any such contribution from Latin.
I am interesting in any response that will consider the fundamental statistical model that accepts that wherever a new church enters another's 'so-called' territory, the current residence will lose market share.
I belive that truth becomes more clear when subjected to the best competition. Hopefully we are beyond any more physical violence, and now must work to undo that burden from the past.
Your comments great appreciated.
My dearest friends in Christ:
An acquaintance of mine was looking into Catholicism but is now becoming very discouraged with all the changes going on in the Catholic Church. He is now looking into Orthodoxy and here is his observation:
Well the Bible wasn't canonized, and then diminished, like the other practices I mentioned. However, priests were allowed to marry, and then they weren't. People were penanced for years, and then they weren't. Fasting was compulsory, and then it wasn't. This puzzles me.
Lovingly in Christ,