“Partakers of Divine Nature” – About Deification & Uncreated Light in Orthodox Church (Part 7 – Goal: Living in Unity with God)

With faith, zeal, experience of God’s grace, and a realization of our sinfulness we now move toward the goal of all Orthodox Christians ––”A Living Unity with God.” Continue reading ““Partakers of Divine Nature” – About Deification & Uncreated Light in Orthodox Church (Part 7 – Goal: Living in Unity with God)”

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“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?)”

“Partakers of Divine Nature” – About Deification & Uncreated Light in Orthodox Church (Part 3 – Deification – The Uncreated Light)

Deification is an enhypostatic* and direct illumination which has no beginning but appears in those worthy as something exceeding their comprehension.  It is indeed a mystical union with God, beyond mind and reason in the age when creatures will no longer know corruption. – Saint Maximus the Confessor

Continue reading ““Partakers of Divine Nature” – About Deification & Uncreated Light in Orthodox Church (Part 3 – Deification – The Uncreated Light)”

“Partakers of Divine Nature” – About Deification & Uncreated Light in Orthodox Church (Part 2 – Basis for Union with God: Love not Intellect)

Some Protestant theologians see the Word as the only means of divine revelation. They say it was intended for our intellect. But this is a sign of a person distinct from us rather than one in union with us. This view explains their emphasis on Bible study and their denigration of the sacraments and all that is considered mystical. Continue reading ““Partakers of Divine Nature” – About Deification & Uncreated Light in Orthodox Church (Part 2 – Basis for Union with God: Love not Intellect)”

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