Good advice to talk to a priest. Do you know of any priests saying it's ok to believe in chiliasm?
No, but that one issue shouldn't stop you, for if you agree not to advocate it nor teach it to the faithful, but to only keep it to yourself, then I don't see the problem. But this is something you will have to work out with the local priest........I really don't want to tell you what my priest told me.
I don't know if I should tell you the story about my own sponsor/godfather falling into the error or not. He picked it up for a time through reading some of the pre-nicene fathers, nonfathers, schizmatics, and heretics.
But like I said before, it's a pastoral issue. If one knows that we don't have infallible fathers, and that they can error on certain topics, then it's easy to overlook some of the errors in the pre-nicene world. But that takes time, patience, and humility on the part of the seeker.
What part of St. Gregory Theologian's opposition to chiliasm convinced you?
He didn't convince me for at the time I didn't know what he said about it. Most of my reading from 1997/1998 to 2007 have been mostly in the early nicene, and pre-nicene world. I did read Saint John Cassian, Saint John Chrysostom, and Saint Augustine, as well as a few others, but I never really read St. Gregory the Theologian before 2007. ......and so, I didn't know what he had to say about it.
Before 1997/1998 I was a dispensationalist and so the chillism I was raised in came from that tradition. After 1997/1998 to 2007 I was strictly pre-nicene chilism, and so what convinced me was the fact that I knew that pre-nicene chillism wasn't the only pre-nicene eschatological view, and I knew that those who opposed it were true christians just like those in whom I looked up to who held it were true christians.........I am only saying this because I want you to know my mindset at the time........you see, being raised the way I was, and it might be similar for you as well........but for me, it was all about being a true christian!!! Being saved......etc. And since I saw them as being just as saved as the ones in whom I favored, I knew that it would be safe to make the switch if I ever had to.
And that time came when I was tired of being alone. You see, alot of the people who follow David Bercot end up alone with no fellowship to run to. I know I didn't mention Bercot before, but I tried to become Orthodox back in 1997/1998. I called an Antiochian parish over here in Pittsburgh.....right around Christmass time, and no one returned my phone call.
And so, I went back to school, surfed the net, and found Bercot's website, and I was sidetracked for almost 10 years. I became interested in the convergence of the streams movement, and I stopped following Bercot around 2003 when his fellowship in Texas fell apart.....as well as him changing his mind over a number of issues. Also in 2003 I became Anglo-Catholic within the ECUSA.......I had an extremely hard time taking the Lord's supper in most protestant churches.......a really really hard time, and I thought that an Anglo-Catholic parish was my best bet in not only trying to find fellowship, but to also partake of the Sacraments. My conscience at the time wouldn't allow me to partake in any other protestant church.
And when the main group within the convergence movement had their scandel in Semptember of 2006, that's when I decided to look east again.
And so, giving up chillism as well as my rejection to our Blessed Mother being ever-virgin were the two things I gave up in order to become EO.
1.) I was tired of being an odd ball in most protestant churches for reading the church fathers
2.) I was tired of being alone without anywhere to fellowship
3.) I knew that the early pre-nicene nonchillites were just as true and saved as my pre-nicene chillite favorites
And so I changed.
I don't see the problem with believing this. How petty to come down hard (not you Jnorm) on someone for believing this. This is no different than believing in 6 literal days of creation.
Hey, as long as I can believe in a future Anti-christ/man of sin, with a future tribulation, as well as a future second coming, then I'm willing to give up pre-nicene chillism.
The switch isn't that hard to make Kaste, it's not that hard to make. You can still love your favorite pre-nicene chillite Saints, for we don't have infallible fathers in EO. Our fathers and nonfathers can error, and so it really shouldn't be a problem. You may not be able to understand why now, but you might after being Baptized or Chrismated. The Divine Mysteries should be pretty high on your list, for at the end of the day, a belief or a nonbelief in chillism isn't gonna spiritually feed you.
So learn what you can about the Divine mysteries.........for I found that in the same pre-nicene chillite fathers, and that is what ultimately drove me to EO. I need the Mysteries Kaste. I needed the Mysteries more than I needed the other things, and so I dropped them.
Take care and God bless! I hope you have a happy thanksgiving with your loved ones.