Guys ive been thinkin about this for a while now and no matter how much i meditate on it i just dont get it. We all know that you dont have to be Orthodox to go to heaven, we know that those who are going to heaven are NOT only of the orthodox faith, we know good catholics are going, good protestants are going, good baptists are going, and so on.
So what makes the Orthodox Church the true church if in fact you do not need to be apart of it to go to heaven? I really dont understand it, and a perfect example is the protestants dont believe the communion is christs true body and blood, and just hand it out in crackers and grape juice, while Christ himself said whoever does NOT eat my felsh and drink my blood has no life in him. How is it that these lifeless people according to scripture trully DO have life in them, otherwise they would not be able to go to heaven. I have a friend who says she speaks to God daily, her friend who is also protestant like herself has visions of things that will happen and in the end they always do happen. They are both madly in love with Christ, and neither of them are part of the Orthodox Church (though they were both baptised in the Orthodox Church) neither of them take communion, and surprisingly NEVER EVER FAST A DAY IN THEIR LIFE. That i truly dont understand, but i know that in the protestant church, fasting is considered really nothing, its good because its "in the bible" but there are no fasts, and they rarely or almost NEVER talk about it.
Yet, despite all the requirements they have inherited eternal life, and no one can say to them "your not going to heaven" because guarenteed, the good of them are going to heaven. So what is a requirement if it is not truly required? Do you see what i mean? Why do we do so much, when so little is required? These people live happy Godly lives, and trust in the Lord, yet do not partake of his blood, do not fast, NEVER confess, yet they have been given eternal life. Now im not saying im jealous ofcourse, for clearly we have been given a much sweeter deal, who WOULDNT want to partake of HIS HOLY BODY AND PRECIOUSE BLOOD. But what im saying, Jesus made so many requirements for heaven, such as communion, confession, fasting, prayer etc... yet in the end, you dont need ANY of this to inherit eternal life BASED on the protestant Church, all you need is to believe and be a good person, the sacrements are of no effect in the protestant church and baptist churches and so on...
What does our Church have to say to this? Besides we do what the bible commands, im not talking about that, im talking about eternal life... WE SAY we NEED communion to inherit eternal life and SO DOES JESUS, yet this cannot be 100% true if people are going to heaven without it daily. Even though they KNOW OUR DOCTRINE and refuse to accept it. (im not talking about muslims and jews and buddists, im only talking about christian denominations.)