THE DOCTRINE OF THEOSIS
YE ARE GODS
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.