Energy (Divine and Spiritual)

October 16, 2018

“…the whole of creation is permeated by God’s presence through His divine energies; everything declares God’s glory, as the Psalmist says, and the human being leads this cosmic chorus of glorification to the Creator as the priest of creation.” (Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon)

 

“To speak of divine energies is to speak of God's actions in relation to the created world. The relationship of God's energies to human freedom and self-determination has obvious ethical implications…though God is Lord of history, he does not coerce or force obedience and conformity to his will. Coerced conformity is dehumanization, whereas fulfilled humanity - which is the divinization of human life - must be free, since God is free.” (Rev. Dr. Stanley S. Harakas)

 

“If you want to know true peace and true joy and true healing, then you enter into the house of God and engage yourself in the power of what is happening. And in doing all this, we discover true freedom. This is not the “freedom” of getting something for free, like the free gift you get when you open a new credit card. This is not the freedom of being given a license to do anything you want. Rather, this is the freedom of being filled with divine energy and power from on high: being made capable of perfect love, powerful enough to know perfect peace, and strong enough to know unending joy.” (Father Andrew Stephen Damick)

 

 “Christian contemplation is not "ecstatic," that is, outside ourselves, but it takes place within the Christian person who is the "temple of the Holy Spirit." The divine energies are "within everything and outside everything." All creation is the manifestation of God's energies.” (Rev. George C. Papademetriou)

 

 “Everything we do in the Christian life with the right heart – worship, prayer, study, service – deepens our union with God and in doing so we partake of His divine energy. We are in fact part of His divine energy because we are His created beings. But our sense of this reality is dulled by sin. When we engage in these activities we are drawing near to God (James 4:8) and being re-energized in a sense. It’s like opening the curtains of a dark room and letting the light in.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

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