Orthodox Christianity 101


Central to Orthodox spirituality, theosis denotes the process of divinization or union with God, wherein human beings are called to become "partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). Rooted in the Incarnation, theosis reflects God's gracious invitation for humanity to share in his life, love, and holiness. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and participation in the sacramental life of the Church, believers are transformed into the likeness of Christ, growing in knowledge, righteousness, and communion with God. Theosis involves the purification of the heart, illumination of the mind, and glorification of the whole person, leading to a life of humility, compassion, and love for God and neighbor. It is both a journey and a destination, culminating in the fullness of divine communion in the age to come.
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