In the last 30 years a very important theological dogmatic shift took place. Prior to that, there was a solid dogmatic belief that we,Christians, wait for the second coming of Christ to judge all mankind - alive and dead. Hell and Paradise were having a meaning due to active judgment of Christ. This solid dogma is also confessed in the Creed of Nicea.
"The river of Fire" by Kalomiros is one of the most famous homilies that publicly began to question the established doctrine of Judgment. Gradually many theologians, priests and bishops started to adopt this novel theological theory that believed that there is no judgment to wait for. According to their explanation, Paradise and Hell are two versions of the subjective acceptance of the Love of God.
It seems that modern theologians and clergy follow this new dogmatic declination without asking for a council to confirm its validity.
Here are two examples of prayers that are not in compliance with this new dogmatics:
BEFORE RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION: ...May the communion of Thy Holy Mysteries be neither to my judgment, nor to my condemnation, O Lord, but to the healing of soul and body. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE DEPARTED: O God of spirits and of all flesh, Who hast trampled down death and overthrown the Devil, and given life to Thy world, do Thou, the same Lord, give rest to the souls of Thy departed servants in a place of brightness, a place of refreshment, a place of repose, where all sickness, sighing, and sorrow have fled away. Pardon every transgression which they have committed, whether by word or deed or thought.
When we ask God for forgiveness, mercy, compassion, forbearance and generally everything that one judged asks from the judge, we adopt such an ecclesiastical language because we wait for the second coming of Christ to judge all mankind! All eschatological prayers are centered on the final righteous Judge, that is Christ. The doctrine of Kalomiros has no liturgical reference.
Kalomiros’ theological way of thinking makes logical leaps. It sets the assumption that punishment is incompatible with Love. It considers God's punishment proportional to the punishment of man. It takes refuge to new solutions addressing nonexistent deadlocks.
Kalomiros asserts that: “Paradise and hell are one and the same River of God, a loving fire which embraces and covers all with the same beneficial will, without any difference or discrimination. The same vivifying water is life eternal for the faithful and death eternal for the infidels; for the first it is their element of life, for the second it is the instrument of their eternal suffocation; paradise for the one is hell for the other.”
I think, Kalomiros’ theology is in contradiction with Christ’s words (Matthew 25:41): “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”. Hell was specially prepared for devil - hell and paradise are not the “same River”. Hell was not prepared at the same time with paradise. Hell was prepared by God after the rebellion of devil, until then devil was not in hell and hell was nonexistent. This is not the only contradiction of Kalomiros’ doctrine.
Another absurdity of Kalomiros’ doctrine is that Ηell and Paradise are one uncreated reality emanating from God as one real flowing Love and separated into two versions of reality by the people. Thus the peoples become generators of Paradise and Hell and God is the provider of raw material that is neutral.
Edited by Lakis Papas, 31 May 2015 - 11:22 PM.