Eastern Orthodoxy and Divinzation

Most Protestant Christians balk heavily at the Eastern Orthodox belief in

Theosis (the act of becoming one with God), but really, do they have to?

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Theosis, or divinization—making something divine–isn’t a far cry from the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, which many evangelical fundamentalists talk about with a great deal of fervor. They can’t wait for this blessed event (oh, boy can’t they!) First there’s the Rapture, Armageddon, Judgement, and then the pinnacle of their existence; their Marriage to Christ himself.

But what is a marriage, but the union of two into one?

Excusez-moi?

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Seems to me, in the end, both parties are saying the same thing.

If Theosis and The Wedding are the same, then what about the belief in other world religions that we are one with God already, because we came from him, and we will return to him.

I know the arguments here—mostly from evangelicals, and I’ve heard them all before, ad nauseam—that for starters, unlike Christians, who see us humans as irrevocably separate from God, Buddhists and Hindus believe we are already one with him(and her) and that our separation is an illusion in our heads.

I know I can take ideas most people see as completely opposing and link them together. It comes from being both left and right brained at the same time, BUT, I still think all these supposedly conflicting views are saying the SAME thing, just in different ways.

For example, if you see yourself as already one with God, and every time you have a thought that conflicts with that oneness you quickly remind yourself it’s an illusion, wouldn’t you, over time become more God-like? More loving, less judgmental, more in charge of yourself, your thoughts and actions toward others?

I think you would.

In fact, it might be psychologically healthier, and more productive than calling yourself a big fat sinner doomed and deserving of hell because you had the audacity to be born. Hmmm…. that just doesn’t sound productive to me. It’s like being on a diet and saying, I won’t eat the cookie over and over, until you eat the cookie because it’s all you can think about. Wouldn’t it be better to say something like, “I love carrots, so I’m going to eat one,” and then keep saying it until you love carrots so much you can’t think about cookies anymore?

Yeah, I think that sounds better.

Just my opinion, but it seems most of the world’s religions are getting to the same point, in their own way, kinda like the proverb about three blind men petting an elephant and trying to describe what animal it is. They all say something different, and yet they are all petting an elephant none the less.

Could it be that we are all touching God

2 Comments

  1. I very much agree. And you can delve into philosophy and theology far enough to know that ultimately it’s just words. St Thomas Aquinas basically started out his epic work of theology acknowledging that we can’t really say anything about God, except by analogy.
    Not that protestants have much truck with Aquinas either 😁

    My pet project is the traditional four temperaments theory, and in that I can see that like me you’re someone who naturally seeks to reconcile apparent conflicts. There are other temperaments who prefer their clear-cut boundaries and others still who thrive in conflict and competition.
    Anyway, I’m enjoying your blog!

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    1. Yeah, I’m not really a clear-cut boundary person, that’s for sure. Thanks for your comments, it’s great to hear from a fellow eccentric.

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