- Jul 17, 2018
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I'm trying to figure out the idea of tollhouses. I don't want to start a debate about whether they exist or not, but on the presumption that they do how the soul can pass through them. The tradition seems to say that if we have unconfessed passions and attachments to sin we will not pass through. However, St. John says if we confess not to have sin, we deceive ourselves. St. Jerome in his books against the pelegians makes a case that even the saints still sin and have various harmful attachments and habits. It is nigh on impossible to be in *complete* repentance or perfect purity before we die. So, that being, how do we pass through the tollhouses? St. Mark of Ephesus seems to speak that the separation of the soul and body with the accusations of demons causes a cleansing fear, which if so the tollhouses cleanse us instead of condemn us. Seems to be a reasonable explanation. However not all the fathers speak this way but speak of the accusations as actually condemning us. In which case there is little hope to pass through. Again, not looking for a debate here, but for those who agree with the tollhouses in one way or another what do you think? I haven't found any books on this issue, they are all on whether the tollhouses exist or not which I'm not looking for.