Feeling very lost, numb, and conflicted inside.
Anonymous asked: Could you explain about the Essences and Energies?
The divine energies are the timeless activities of the divine persons, and they express the power that is inherent in the essence of God. St. Maximus asks whether God ever began to do good. The answer is no, the divine persons have always been doing good. The Father, Son, and Spirit are eternally doing good, and in doing so, they express what is inherent in their essence (and the divine essence is the content of the person). It is these timeless activities that we are called to share in, and that is how we are divinized.
Anonymous asked: I've always heard the concept that "our identities are rooted in Christ," but does that cancel out the other things about us? Like gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.
Ideally, identity in Christ shouldn’t cancel out anything. Having your identity in Christ doesn’t mean you stop existing as you - or it shouldn’t. Christ isn’t looking for assimilation. We are not robots created to fit some ideal that erases who we are as people. Identity in Christ should mean that we celebrate, grow, and accept who are as a person and embraces those identities which God created in us. We become more fully ourselves in God, not less human.
This is something American evangelical culture has wrong in a lot of ways - we see growing in Christ as giving up parts of ourselves “for the greater good” or whatever. And it does require sacrifice, but, I firmly believe, it doesn’t require sacrificing our identities and who we are as people. Indeed, a God that asks we change the core of who we are is a cruel God indeed.
mercy on me, a sinner!’ — HH Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria (via theorthodoxbritreturns)