I think this is one of the major reasons why many Catholic apologists focus not only on the truth claims of the Catholic Church, but on the inadequacy of Protestantism in many very clear cases (doctrinal dispute being a major one). If they can show that staying Protestant is worse than changing to an Apostolic Church, that’s half the battle.
I don’t know about other Catholics here, but I’d certainly rather see a Protestant convert to Orthodoxy than remain Protestant, simply he would thereby be embracing more of the Catholic faith than he did before. “My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” Even if we think that you’re still wandering by being Orthodox, at least you’d be wandering closer to the corral
- I believe The Catholic Church was the church founded by Christ, but that subsequently along the way has become corrupt and thus I can’t swear allegience to her today, so I’d better stay a Protestant.
In Scripture, submission to our leaders was never predicated upon their rectitude. Even Christ, when talking of the Pharisees, told the Jews to obey what they commanded (but not what they do), because they had genuine authority.
Point 1) I’m guessing is the likeliest outcome of my research if I don’t become a Catholic. It seems hard to discern whether she is or isn’t the true church, because apparently in the early centuries it was the eastern Orthodox church that had the most councils and influence. (correct me if I’m wrong)
The Orthodox Church didn’t split from the Catholic Church until after the first seven ecumenical councils, so it’s not accurate to say that they “had the most councils.” Notably, since the schism, they believe there have been no further ecumenical councils.
In addition, as we Catholics would claim (and the Orthodox would protest) the councils were verified as ecumenical by their ratification by the Pope. But, as it seems to me, the Orthodox idea of an ecumenical council itself being verified by the subsequent council doesn’t seem to work in practice. A good article on this is Council minus papacy equals chaos.
As you can see, it’s a very difficult situation I’m in, I don’t want to go to hell.
It is certainly a difficult position. That’s why I would suggest that you look into the history of your current church or of Protestant churches in general: I think you’ll find, at the very least, that Protestantism is no “safer” than the Apostolic Churches, and likely significantly less “safe” than they are.