Friday, October 16, 2015

Theology of Union

Our objective, as Christians, is the communion and union between us, creation, with God, the Creator of all. If this is achieved, then we become Saints, we reach our true purpose in life, in this life and the next. Therefore are goal is to be in communion with the Trinitatian God, as St Peter claimed ‘partakers of the divine nature.’ Vladimir Lossky explains this further:



‘The revelation of God the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the basis of all Christian theology; it is, indeed, theology itself, in the sense in which that word was understood by the Greek Fathers, for whom theology most commonly stood for the mystery of the Trinity revealed to the Church. Moreover, it is not only the foundation, but also the supreme object of theology; for, according to the teaching of Evagrius Ponticus (developed by St Maximus), to know the mystery of the Trinity in its fullness is to enter into perfect union with God and to attain to the deification of the human creature: in other words, to enter into the divine life, the very life of the Holy Trinity, and to become, in St Peter’s words, ‘partakers of the divine nature’ – θείας κοινωνοί φύσεως. Trinitarian theology is thus a theology of union, a mystical theology which appeals to experience, and which presupposes a continuous and progressive series of changes in created nature, a more and more intimate communion of the human person with the Holy Trinity.’[1]



[1] Lossky, Vladimir, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, (Cambridge, James Clarke& Co.Ltd., 1991), p. 67.

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