I’m not really sure why but these days many people are coming to this page and dropping this question: Are you a Protestant or an Orthodox.
Why do people ask this question? I’m not really sure. Since a number of people had asked this question, I want to say a word or two about it. But before I laid that out clearly, let me, as I always do, first look up the definition of these two terms:
Protestant: a member or follower of any of the Western Christian churches that are separate from the Roman Catholic Church and follow the principles of the Reformation, including the Baptist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches.
Orthodox: (of a person or their views, especially religious or political ones, or other beliefs or practices) conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved. Similar words to this word is: conservative, traditional, observant, devout, strict
Let’s see which one of these terms defines me, or my life. I am not part of a Roman Catholic Church. Because I said that, are you automatically going to label me as a protestant? It is completely up to you.
But before you label me like that, let me tell you something else about me. I strive to conform to the teaching of the Bible, which is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true. I consider myself conservative and strict when it comes to the message of the Bible. Because I said that, are you going to label me as an Orthodox? Again, it is completely up to you.
If you ask me, I define or “label” my life this way; a sinner, saved by grace, boarded a train that is bound to heaven because I believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has died on the Cross for all my past, present and future sins. Because I believed in Him and received Him as the Lord and Savior of my life, I consider myself a child of God. I said that not because I’m prideful, but because it is true according to the Bible: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12) ///
P. S. “What is your religion” is not one of my favorite questions I want to spend my time on. The love relationship I have with Christ cannot be defined by a religion.