Theosis; the true purpose of human life – Part 2

The Incarnation of God: The Cause of Man’s Theosis

The Church Fathers say that God became man in order to make man a god. If God had not taken flesh, man would not be able to achieve Theosis. Continue reading “Theosis; the true purpose of human life – Part 2”

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Theosis (deification) is possible through the uncreated energies of God

By Archmandrite George, Abbott of the Holy Monastery of Saint Gregory at Mount Athos

In the Orthodox Church of Christ, man can achieve theosis because the Grace of God, according to the teaching of the Holy Bible and of the Church Fathers, is uncreated. God is not only essence, as the Westerners believe, but also energy. If God was only essence, we would not be able to join, to commune with Him, because the essence of God is awe-inspiring and inaccessible to man, according to “You can not see My face; for there shall no man see Me, and live” (Ex. 33:20). Continue reading “Theosis (deification) is possible through the uncreated energies of God”

“Partakers of Divine Nature” – About Deification & Uncreated Light in Orthodox Church (Part 6 – Become “Partakers of Divine Nature”)

Father Maximos perceived the Scriptures as foretelling man’s purpose, since it was God Who said, “Let us make man according to our image and likeness….And God made man, according to the image of God He made him, male and female He made them. And God blessed them…And God saw all the things that he had made, and, behold, they were very good (Gen 1:26, 27, 28, 31).” Continue reading ““Partakers of Divine Nature” – About Deification & Uncreated Light in Orthodox Church (Part 6 – Become “Partakers of Divine Nature”)”

“Partakers of Divine Nature” – About Deification & Uncreated Light in Orthodox Church (Part 5 – Why Does Grace Come and Then Leave?)

Having been awakened with faith, having zeal, being baptized, and experiencing divine grace, God then hides grace from us, Saint Theophan tells us. This is a most common experience for all serious Christian faithful who seek union with God. It seems that as soon as we have His grace, it is gone. It comes and then leaves. Why is this most sublime feeling allowed to leave us? It seems as if God abandons us. Continue reading ““Partakers of Divine Nature” – About Deification & Uncreated Light in Orthodox Church (Part 5 – Why Does Grace Come and Then Leave?)”

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