This is my first interview with an Eastern Orthodox Catholic. Thank you, Jannah Leah.
1) How was your childhood?
Fairly average, I guess. About the biggest thing that impacted me was my parents’ divorce when I was six. I was also bullied all throughout school, which affected my self-esteem. To this day, I still suffer from self-esteem issues.
2) How did you become a Christian?
Really it was a combination of a few factors. I have suffered from depression for most of my life and in some ways faith has aided with that. I also have an interest in history, theology, etc. Religion is a subject that I’ve always found quite fascinating despite my family’s own irreligious background.
To give the short answer, I chose to become Christian because the messages were appealing to me. I also found the historical evidence for Christianity, particularly Orthodoxy, to be overwhelming. No other religion can claim their historical figures performed public miracles.
3) How has your family taken your conversion to Christianity, given that they do not share your beliefs?
It’s been mixed. My mother is of the mindset that it’s a good thing if it’s what makes me happy. Others still don’t really know since they’re not particularly fond of religion.
4) You said that you used to be somewhat of a troll. What led to the change?
I guess the easiest answer would be that I simply grew bored of it and matured. It also got rather tedious to have to constantly create new Facebook accounts.
5. When were you diagnosed as autistic?
I was fourteen I believe. Somewhere in my early teens.