Kissamos and Selino, Crete, January 17, 2018
Metropolitan Amphilochios of Kissamos and Selino, Crete, has spoken out against the Greek government’s plan to open a number of casinos in several areas throughout the country, seeing them as part of a move towards anarchy in the nation, reports AgionOros.
“Information has been published about the decision to create gambling houses on Crete and in many other regions of our Motherland,” the hierarch begins. “This is all done under the guise of ‘development’ of the region and the ‘popularization’ of Crete by attracting fans of gambling.
It was also reported that players will be able to take up to 50,000 euros ($61,000) in credit from the casino. “Why?” Met. Amphilochios asks. “Perhaps to help them destroy themselves?” he replies.
“We have turned into an uncontrolled and uncontrollable state, which constantly makes laws conducive to this anarchy,” the metropolitan laments.
In His Eminence’s estimation, the cause of this phenomenon is that “society has lost heart and satisfies itself with rationalism, has forsaken natural life and become enslaved to technology, and has lost God and exists in slavery to vanity, lust for big profit, the pursuit of well-being, and prosperity.”
Perhaps modern civilization has beheaded modern man so that he would correspond to its own spiritual demands, Met. Amphilochios ponders. “And then it seeks to recover from the consequences of the decapitation by human means and ideologies?” he adds.
“Perhaps, it’s frivolous and immature for every adult and thinking person to accept without hesitation the ideals and patterns of behavior of a civilization which is more like a civilization of death rather than a path leading to hope and light?” His Eminence concludes.