Qualifications for Theosis (Deification) [Part II]

The Holy Fathers also tell us that Theosis has stages. It begins from the lowest and progresses to the highest. Once we have humility, in order to become cleansed from the passions we start our asceticism by applying the holy commandment of Christ, beginning our daily struggle in Christ with repentance and much patience. The Holy Fathers say that within His commandments God Himself lies hidden. When a Christian observes them out of love and faith in Christ, then he unites with Him.

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Qualifications for Theosis (Deification)

The Holy Fathers certainly say that within the Church we can attain Theosis (Deification). But at the same time they say Theosis (Deification) is a gift from God, it is not something we can attain on our own. Of course, we must desire, struggle, and prepare ourselves so that we are worthy, capable, and receptive enough to accept and guard this great gift from God, since God does not wish to do anything to us without our freedom, but at the same time, Theosis (Deification) is a gift from God; so therefore the holy Fathers say, on the one hand, that we undergo Theosis (Deification), and on the other hand, that God acts in Theosis (Deification).

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God's Attributes According to the Orthodox Christian Church ( Part II)

God is Holy, All-Holy, and rests among the Saints. What do we mean when we say God is Holy? We mean that He is pure, and free from all moral and ethical imperfection; that He is a stranger to sin; that He hates and despises evil, wickedness and depravity, and loves only that which is good and just. Thus it follows that God always desires to do good and that He always does good.

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Theosis is Possible Through the Uncreated Energies of God

According to the teachings of the Holy Bible and the Holy Fathers of the Church, man is able to achieve Theosis (Deification) because within the Orthodox Church of Christ the Grace of God is uncreated. God is not only essence, as the West (Roman Catholicism and Protestantism) thinks, He is energy. If God was only essence, we could not united with Him, could not commune with Him, because the essence of God is awesome and unapproachable for man, as was written: "Never will man see My face and live" (Exodus 33:20). Let us give a relevant example from things human.

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God's Attributes Accoding to the Orthodox Christian Church

God has many attributes which are identical with His nature and essence because God is not complex, composed of different parts, but simple, and the attributes ascribed to Him are not separate from each other, but constitute a single whole, manifesting the unattainable Majesty of God's essence and glory. We distinguish God's attributes however, not because they are really distinct one from another, but in order that we men may better understand the Divine energies through which the Most-High God sheds His beneficence upon us.

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The Church: The Place of Man's Theosis

Those who wish to unite with Jesus Christ, and, through Christ, with God the Father, recognize that this union is realized in the body of Christ, which is our Holy Orthodox Church. Of course, this Union is not with the Divine essence, but the deified human nature of Christ. But this union with Christ is not external, nor is it simply moral. We are not followers of Christ in the way that one might perhaps follow a philosopher or a teacher. We are members of Christ's body, the Church. The Church is the body of Christ, the real body, not a moral one, as some mistaken theologians have written, not having looked deeply enough into the spirit of the Holy Church.

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Don't Be A Cut Flower

When a flower's stem is cut, it is abruptly severed from its support system-namely, the roots of the plant. This is a shock to the flower's system. Normally, a flower gets water and minerals from the soil through the roots. Once the stem is cut, there is no way for the plant to get minerals from the soil. Even though the flower is placed in water, it is not enough to feed the plant. Without the necessary minerals and nutrients the flower will wilt with no water to help keep it upright, and the flower will die.

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