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THE DOCTRINE OF THEOSIS
YE ARE GODS

θεωσις

 

 

Theosis is a doctrine of the Eastern Churches both Orthodox and Catholic which interprets the process of salvation and the ultimate redemption of mankind as the process of transformation as a birth and growth towards the likeness or union with God and becoming sons of God in the likeness of the Son of God - Jesus.  

There is lot of confusion in the understanding of this doctrine in the western tradition.  Some going to the extent of condemning this doctrine as a heresy.  This is essentially due to misunderstanding of what it means and what are the basis of the teachings.  Most are opposed to it as they believe it leads to polytheism.  If every believer grows into a god we will have many gods and it do violate the monotheism of Christian faith which in its belief in trinity itself is being considered polytheistic by some.  

I am presenting the basis of the christian understanding regarding the creation process and the relation between creator and the creation, the uncreated and the created, the essence and the energies.  These distinctions are fundamental in the understanding of theosis process if we are not to fall into polytheism or pantheism.