In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - Greetings!
Hello, all. I hope I have posted this correctly. I read the posting help and reckon that posting a new topic is the way to introduce myself.
I have always been interested in the Coptic Church. Having studied Russian in school I am much more familiar with the Russian and Greek churches. I am a cradle Catholic who went Protestant (evengelical/fundamentalist) for 20 years and have been back in my home church now for about 10 years.
I registered with you website neither to convert anyone or to be converted. I did so because I simpy consider it interesting, and although we would not agree on all doctrinal issues, I am interested in all Christian faiths. Not so much in the Protestant because I've been there done that.
So I hope you don't mind me being here. I have been reading some of the faith issues and found some very interesting things, such as monophysite vs. duophysite - I am ashamed to say that I never knew that this doctrinal issue existed. Now I know.
I am simply more interested in Christians working together, not trying to become one church necessarily, not trying to change every doctrinal issue, but taking what we believe in common, that Christ is the Way, Truth and Life. I am on a Catholic website and find it very disturbing that Protestants have jumped on just to argue (a debate I don't mind, incessant and non-conclusive arguing I do) when they could be using that energy to spread the Gospel. I refuse to fight over doctrinal issues unless they are very, very serious because I want to use my energy in a more positive way.
Btw, I'm 50, female, married and living in the UK right now but am American. I am studying to be a teacher and will hopefully be teaching before long. I guess it will show up in the post, but just in case, my user name is byrdele.
Thank you. I hope to have dialogue with you and am looking forward to it eagerly. Just dialogue, I promise, and maybe questions on where we differ but NEVER EVER confrontations or arguing. I respect Copts and the Coptic Orthodox Church very much. I have heard that sometimes in the Middle East and North Africa it is not easy to follow you faith - that others have made it hard for you, but still you persevere and stand as a witness in doing so to the grace of God.