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There is no such thing as "the protestant church."
There are protestant churches, and many of them are Apostolic.
Most protestant churches have communion, and some have ordination.
You can not speak for one or even ten protestant churches and speak for all.
There are protestant churhes that are very similar to Orthodox churches.
Some churches do not have dating rules, others have age requirements for dating, and some like the Orthodox do not date. I do not know if any protestant practice the engagement method the way the Orthodox do, but it is possible. For the churches that I know of that do not date, the couple goes through a courtship then the engagement. The man must have the parents permission to court the daughter and the couple can not be alone together until after they are married.
The problem with many protestant churches is the same as the Catholic church; there are too many man made rules.
Many churches ignore the teaching of the gospel.
Someone said the Mormon Bible is different. That is not true. The Bible is the same, but the also use the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.
Some churches do teach that everyone who is saved is a saint. Some teach that you receive salvation by just believing Jesus died for your sins. Some churches are named after Saints. Some have puplic fasting. Everything anyone has mentioned that is absent in "the protestant church" can be found in a protestant church.
If all athe potestant churches united and eliminated the ridiculous made stuff found in so many churches, there would be a church very similar to the Orthodox church.
I am a protestant, and I have been to many different churches in the past ten years.
I do not claim to be of any denomination because every church I have been to has some belief I do not agree with.
I do not know much about the Orthodox church. I went to Vespers and an Easter service several years ago at a Greek Orthodox Church.
One thing every protestant church I have been to including the Mormon church has in common is that everyone takes communion. I thought until recently that by taking communion you are accepting the teachings of the Bible and not neccessarily the beliefs of the church.
The only church I have been to that did not allow everyone to take communion was the Baptist church I attend until I was 9. You could only take communion if you had paid your monthly dues to the church. In the protestant churches that I have been to there was no age requirement for communion. Most use grape juice and wafers like the Catholic wafers. Mormons use broken up pieces of sandwhich bread and water.
A sacrament is a means of grace, and when I came to understand this, then it was easy to embrace the sacraments and to come to an understanding of salvation in the Orthodox Church.
I do not go to church often anymore because I feel closer to Jesus in the privacy of my room than in church.
These questions are sooo important. The church should adopt an evaluation process. It would be best for the congregation to write such a form, submit it, and STAY in the Church, rather than to be sooo sad and frustrated at the behaviour of a priest/bishop etc that they no longer wish to attend the Church! Furthermore, these questions are spiritual! If you purchase ANY literature on how to confess, they ask you to ask yourself these same questions. Have u upset anyone in the past? Have you broken any commandments (whether by thought/act/willingfulness/unwillingfulness) etc... what better way than to ask those whom directly are in contact with u.
Priests/bishops/monks etc can literally get away with murder because the hierarchy is usually biased and favours saving their face (the face of their subordinates or peers) rather than actually improving their service towards the congregation.
IF TRULEY THE PRIESTS / BISHOPS /MONKS were REAL servents they'd welcome criticism such as this. BOTH POSITIVE and NEGATIVE!!
When a monk is made into a bishop or becomes a senior monk: ON WHAT GROUNDS??!! What have they done?? who is to know?? its only done in private. Its the image that they give to their peers that they are holy. No one would be any the wiser. This is sad.
ALso, there are some things sooo embarassing to tell a monk/priest/bishop to their faces and people stop going to Church because they can't cope with that person's problem, and they can't tell him so as not to embarrase him. For example, there is a monk who is the sweetest man ever, yet he cannot speak French. When he speaks, its best he doesnt speak. Although we love him, if he prays the mass in French, there's NO need to even attend if u are french speaking, so what happens is we no longer attend his mass if its in French. We don't understand a thing! Yet, he is a loveable man.
If we had an evaluation form, we could write and say :"He is a wonderful and holy man, ready to serve anyone, BUT the only improvement i have is that he purchases cassettes to improve his french, as this needs to be taken seriously". If this priest's senior bishop read this form, he would be the perfect one to tell him to improve his french. As a congregation , it would be very rude to tell him that.
Look. I know a story where a priest (a coptic priest) insulted a woman. What he said was very hurtful. Perhaps he didnt mean it, perhaps he did... I don't know. ALl i know is that he upset her. She went to Church, but to a different one. She became catholic. Now u can argue all u want that she is weak.. but I TOTALLY disagree. This is a woman who wants to live in peace!!!! Had she had the chance to complain DISCRETELY and let his seniors know that he was abusive, she may have stayed in the Church. I know 1000's of cases like this...
People want to live in peace with the clergy.. but how if everytime they approach a priest to tell them their revendications, they are brushed away with the excuse :"I'm a priest, how dare u talk to me or criticise me?!".
It was my suggestion, but if u disagree - fine.. but I wasnt joking at all.
This is my point of view. I truly stand by it... there should be an evaluation process, and frankly speaking, had there been an evaluation process in the Catholic Church, the protestant Church would have had NO valid excuse to exist. They'd have seen results.