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Christian Ethics

May 27, 2008

Assuming God is Pure Act and evil is privation, human becoming is for the sake of being.  In other words if all of life is worship and worship is a return to God through act and if a return assumes a separation (per a corrupted being) then becoming more like God is for the sake of returning to God, being like God, participating in God’s being.  This goes beyond the forensic.

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  1. June 4, 2008 6:33 pm

    How can man participate in the divine nature without becoming God if God is nought but essence & his relations to creatures are extrinsic to the essence?

  2. June 5, 2008 9:20 am

    Neo,

    Man participates in the divine nature through the secret working of the Holy Spirit by which he unites heaven and earth allowing a mutual indwelling of the incarnate Word and the individual believer.

    Man partakes of the divine nature in the same way Paul speaks of it in Romans 1:20. He doesn’t mean that God’s essence in itself has been perceived since the beginning but that man can have a limited knowledge of God through his dim reflection in creation.

    Man does not directly participate in the divine nature but God’s power (Calvin calls it substantia) is poured into the believer through the medium of Christ. Because Christ is God and because he dwells within us it is correct to deduce that we partake of his divine nature in this sense. Once this participation begins the process of becoming more conformed to the nature of God occurs through the imitation of Christ.

    Eric

  3. June 5, 2008 9:40 am

    Does God’s communicated power belong of the essence or extrinsic to it? Either the created shares in the divine essence or “indirectly” through some created intermediary. The question has not been answered but relocated.

  4. June 5, 2008 9:53 am

    Neo,

    The newly created life which God pours in to the believer though Christ is not his essence in itself, otherwise the receptive subject would become God. Jesus’s humanity is not his divinity though it participates in the divine by virtue of its unity in the Person of the Word. Neither does man become divine through union with Christ.

    Eric

  5. June 5, 2008 11:01 am

    But what is the difference between being indwelt by God or by God’s essence?

    It is a silly use of words occasioned by philosophical recreation.

  6. June 5, 2008 11:13 am

    Steven,

    I agree. To poder how man can become a partaker in God’s essence yet not limit God to the finite and not himsel become infinite must be incomprehinsible. It just is. I was seeking to show that man’s essence does not mix with God’s in a way that would limit the nature of either.

    Eric

  7. June 5, 2008 11:58 am

    Steve,

    You’re wrong, completely. What’s the difference between being heated by the sun’s rays and becoming/being the sun in essence?

    Eric,

    Only the Divine Persons are “partakers” of the divine ousia. From your blog it seems that you are more well-read in certain areas than I am thus I wanted to see the arguments you produced.

  8. June 5, 2008 2:43 pm

    Doesn’t work Neo. To be consistent with the statement, you’d need to have asked, “What’s the difference between being heated by the sun and being heated by the sun’s essence?”

    What is the difference between sun and sunness?

    That was my point.

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