DaveB wrote:Yep, that first link WAS really simple. Haha.
BUT - it was a good intro to the ideas involved. This will take much thought.
In the Orthodox Church of Christ man can achieve daification because, according to the teachings of the Holy Bible and the Fathers of the Church, the Grace of God is uncreated. God is not only essence, as the West thinks; He is also energy. If God was only essence, we could not unite with Him, could not commune with Him, because the essence of God is awesome and unapproachable for man, in accordance with: ‘Never will man see My face and live’ (Exod. 33:20).
Let us mention a somwhat relevant example from things human. If we grasp a bare electric wire, we will die. However, if we connect a lamp to that wire, we are illuminated. We see, enjoy, and are assisted by the energy of electric current, but we are not able to grasp its essence. Let us say that something similar happens with the uncreated energy of God.
DaveB wrote:Good illustration. I 'get' the concept, but as you know, I'm sure, the concept goes in many directions - toward pantheism, towards panentheism especially, towards (possibly) the 're-enchantment of the world' in a pagan or baptized-pagan worldview.
Just as I do understand trinitarianism without 'believing' in it, but do see the need for the hypothesis to fulfill human needs for transcendence, for immanence, for presence - in the same way, I am close to understanding 'energies' without yet 'believing' in them, but see the need for the same reasons as for the Trinity.
Did I express that clearly?
"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." -- Alan Watts
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