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”

Theosis; the true purpose of human life – Part 1

The question of the destiny of our lives is very serious, as it concerns the most important question for man: for what purpose are we placed on earth? If man takes a correct stance on this issue; if he finds his true destiny; then he will be able to take a correct viewpoint in relation to particular questions that arise in our daily life; in our relationships with our fellow men; in our studies, profession, marriage and the bearing and upbringing of children. Continue reading “Theosis; the true purpose of human life – Part 1”

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”

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