Fr. Andreas Agathokleous
There are ecclesiastical terms which, I think, are difficult today for people to understand. One such is ‘The Kingdom of God’. It seems to refer to dominion, authority, and dominance. This is why, when we say ‘May the Kingdom of God come to pass on earth’ or ‘Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’, it may well be taken as a prayer for the abolition of the governments and authorities in the world and the institution of government by God and His own people.
This expectation began with heretical doctrines, but it seems to have persisted in some Church circles to this day, not as teaching but as the conviction among some of the clergy and laity, who try to influence others.
If we’re to experience the truth of the Church, rather than anthropocentric delusions, we have to understand the following two points:
1. Christ made it clear that His Kingdom ‘is not of this world’ (Jn. 18, 36), even though the Jews wanted to make Him king.