The Contribution of the Theotokos to the Theosis of Man

So, the Lord Jesus gives us this possibility to unite with God and return to the primary purpose which God ordained for man. Therefore He is described in Holy Scripture as the Way, the Door, the Good Shepherd, the Life, the Resurrection, the Light. He is the New Adam Who rights the wrong of the first Adam. The first Adam separated us from God with his disobedience and his egotism. With His love and His obedience to the Father, obedience unto death, to "death on the Cross," the Second Adam, Christ, brings us back once more to God. Once again He orients our freedom towards God, so that by offering Him our freedom, we unite with Him.

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The Incarnation of God: The Cause of Man's Theosis (Deification)

The Church Holy Fathers say that God became man in order to make man a god. If God had not taken flesh (incarnation), man would not be able to achieve Theosis (deification). In the years before Christ, many wise and virtuous people had appeared. For example, the ancient Greeks had reached quite high standards of philosophy about the good and about God. Their philosophy, in fact, contained seeds of the truth, the so-called "spermatikos logos." Moreover, they were very religious people, but of course they did not know the True God; they were idolaters, yet very pious and god-fearing people.

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Resurrection of the Dead

The eleventh article of the Creed (Symbol of faith) speaks about the General "Resurrection of the dead," which will come at the end of the world.

The resurrection of the dead that we look for will occur at the same time as the Second and Glorious Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. At that time all the bodies of the dead will be united with their souls, and they will come to life.

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What is Stewardship?

Stewardship aids in the development and maintenance of our Church and more specifically, it supports a life in Christ. It is a prayerful commitment that each and every Christian makes in order to support the Church Community. The burden of giving falls on all of our parishioners. It is a personal, prayerful commitment and is the responsibility of each parishioner. Stewardship supports the Orthodox Christian practice of the consistent giving of time, talent and treasures in support of our Church and in furthering the word and teaching of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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