Herme, correct me if I am wrong, but weren't you born into an orthodox family?<quoted text>Great question there,Cowboy Bob.Sounds like I am a blowhard but I truly have read through the philosophers from Socrates to Sartre.I have read the pro and con arguments re God.I then moved to theology.(Remember this is over a lifetime) I read theologians of various denominations. I concluded that faith is just as strong an instrument to know God and reason is an instrumenty to know philosophical Truth.This was not based on emotion.It is analytical thinking. Reason is a poor poor instrument to know God. So is Science. Science cannot explore the spiritual dimension.This is the best way can explain it.A long time ago a dude named Justin Martyr said philosophers have part of the Truth but to fully know the Truth you have to turn to Christianity.The Cappadocians saw it the same way.So does little ole me.
If you were not, do you honestly believe you would be orthodox today, or would you most likely be honoring the religious belief your families religion that they practice?
Love of Jesus or love of Allah as two examples only, are MORE OFTEN determined by ones own family, not by ones free will to discover themselves.