Fr David, I believe death experience is the most personal, not shared experience of all. It is an ontological transformation that has no room for participation for others.
Yet, we have stories of presence of angels, or deamons, or saints, on several occasions. These recorded instances in orthodox tradition have no consistency, they follow different patterns.
Most of the times the soul is presented paralyzed, framed and sometimes confused. And almost always the soul has to go through a depressed "environment", presented like a lobby to hell.
Most of the times, toll house stories are about weighting human acts by a measure that is based on divine legislation. Almost always there is a simplistic balancing between good and evil.
The symbolic dimension of toll house is in contrast to real experience, I think.
What confuses me the most is that toll house stories introduce several elements that interact amd eventually define God's Judgment and leave too little room for God to treat each soul with the Authority of Love.
Edited by Lakis Papas, 27 August 2016 - 10:02 PM.