I am a lifelong Catholic considering Orthodoxy. While there are several significant differences between the 2 churches, a couple of the MOST significant are papal supremacy and the filioque.
But God seems to have revealed himself to both churches as well as others, and I think we all agree there is merit in Christianity as long as it is pure and truly and deeply believed and practiced.
So, if I were to switch to Orthodox, how would I be (for lack of a better term) "punished" for leaving the Catholic Church for one who does not believe in the absolute supremacy of the pope? Does God REALLY care whether I confess that the holy spirit through the filioque or not? I don't seriously think any Orthodox believes that their refusal of it means that Jesus is any less God than the Catholics do.
And also, while i understand that Medjugorje is not approved, and many Catholics don't accept it, Is it possible that what they say the BVM has said there is possible, i.e. "if you are a muslim, be a good muslim?"
Is it possible that a loving God looks beyond the rules of ALL of his Churches and judges us on his own terms?
Or am I trying to shop at the cafeteria?