A little background, I am recently coming out and away from Eastern Orthodox.
I am going to summarize what I have learned from my Eastern Orthodox (EO) priest. We had been speaking about ethics for quite some time, but in regards to abortive birth control, condoms, synthetic hormones, and other birth control methods to prevent pregnancy for non health related reasons, one of the replies he said to me about birth control, was that Orthodox teaching is to “stay out of the bedroom.” And he closed the conversation, about birth control and any moral issues with it. This is a red flag to me and goes against my very ethics, as I have a NaPro Dr OBGYN, and even she confirms that yes, chemical abortion may result from birth control. Plus I have learned A LOT from the Roman church, about the ethics surrounding birth control and abortion.
So far, I have learned that the EO focus is more on the mystical approach to life, and it’s been explained to me that the focus of the spiritual life for an EO, is on what is called the “nous” within the noetic life, “where every Christian should know right from wrong within their own heart”. That is exactly what confuses me so very much, because I am also learned in the Latin theology, and I’ve learned that if God is truth, then anything that is not of God is not; and conversely, anything that is of truth, is in some small way of God. If 1+1=2 and this tells us in an infinitesimal way about the beauty and truth of God expressed through mathematics, isn’t science supposed to be complementary in expressing the grandeur of our Almighty God? Isn’t logic that birth control having moral issues, or that it may cause a full on abortion, considered going against the way creation is made? Doesn’t this go against the deposit of the Christian faith?
Without making harsh generalizations, it seems as if the EO does not teach that both logical and mystical is part of who we are as humans. The noetic life within EO teaches that the nous is the organ of understanding, the center of Christian mysticism. Further explained as the center of all understanding, which lies in the heart. Doesn’t the Bible say that the heart is deceitful? Roman Catholic on the other hand seems extremely developed and current with ethics, as I see the church places a high value on human reason and how this is reconciled by logic, developed sciences, complementary through what Christ gave His followers.
I feel like there is confusion now, because no formal education is available nor wanted about current issues in ethics within EO, and instead I’m left with a confirmation bias… to base decisions on my own deceitful heart; leaving me confused as to figuring out what is sin/is it not sin or is it? This is truly a quandary, am I wrong to think this way?