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Old 10-03-2007, 12:31 PM
 
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St Anthanasios of Alexandria (295-373 A.D.) wrote that "God became man so that we might become children of God." This means that God became one of us so that we could become what God is, Divine...

Being spirit children of are Heavenly Father, doesn't that mean we have divine potential?...

The Bible says in 1 John Ch 3:2 Dearly beloved, we are now the sons of God: and it hath not yet appeared what we shall be. We know that when he shall appear we shall be like him: because we shall see him as he is.
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:17 PM
 
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More than likely this does not mean we will be exactly like God. In very few instances does like mean its a copy. If we were going to be God, I am pretty sure some part of the bible would have said so clearly. Because as a basic trend, most of the larger points of christianity can be understood from multiple verses, and that backs itself up. I dont know of any other verses that would back up the Idea we were to become God. Sounds like St. Anthiosis had a little bit of a cult going. It would be interesting to see what else they wrote. Remember though: wanting to be God is what made lucifer lose his place at the Lord's side.
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Old 06-05-2009, 12:27 AM
 
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More than likely this does not mean we will be exactly like God. In very few instances does like mean its a copy. If we were going to be God, I am pretty sure some part of the bible would have said so clearly. Because as a basic trend, most of the larger points of christianity can be understood from multiple verses, and that backs itself up. I dont know of any other verses that would back up the Idea we were to become God. Sounds like St. Anthiosis had a little bit of a cult going. It would be interesting to see what else they wrote. Remember though: wanting to be God is what made lucifer lose his place at the Lord's side.
There are many references to being children of God (or Sons of God). If you have children . . . do they remain so? . . . (of course not . . . they become adults like you) Does that mean they become you when they mature? . . . (of course not . . . but they may possess the same traits as you).
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:19 AM
 
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St Anthanasios of Alexandria (295-373 A.D.) wrote that "God became man so that we might become children of God." This means that God became one of us so that we could become what God is, Divine...

Being spirit children of are Heavenly Father, doesn't that mean we have divine potential?...

The Bible says in 1 John Ch 3:2 Dearly beloved, we are now the sons of God: and it hath not yet appeared what we shall be. We know that when he shall appear we shall be like him: because we shall see him as he is.
My beliefs are that when we pray for God's Divine Love, and fully receive it as Jesus did, we can become like God. Not be God, but like Him with all of His attributes. This is the rock that Jesus spoke about in the bible.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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St Anthanasios of Alexandria (295-373 A.D.) wrote that "God became man so that we might become children of God." This means that God became one of us so that we could become what God is, Divine...
He wasn't the only one of the early Church fathers to have said something along those lines. In the second century, Saint Irenaeus posed this question: “Do we cast blame on Him (God) because we were not made gods from the beginning, but were at first created merely as men, and than later as Gods?” At about the same period of time, Saint Clement made this statement: “The Word of God became a man so that you might learn from a man how to become a god.” And Saint Justin Martyr agreed, saying that men are “deemed worthy of becoming gods and of having power to become sons of the highest.” And, finally, Augustine, said, “But He that justifies also deifies, for by justifying he makes sons of God. For he has given them power to become the sons of God. If then we have been made sons of God, we have also been made gods.”

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Being spirit children of are Heavenly Father, doesn't that mean we have divine potential?...
Of course we do. For some reason that offends people, but that's what the scriptures say.

From Romans 8:16-17, 2 Peter 1:4, Revelation 2:26-27 and Revelation 3:21 we learn that, as children of God, we may also be His heirs, joint-heirs with Christ, even glorified with Him. We might partake of the nature of divinity and be allowed to sit with our Savior on His throne, to rule over the nations. Now, if these promises are true, what do they all boil down to? I believe it means that we have the potential to someday be “godlike.” If our Father is divine and we are literally his "offspring", as the Bible teaches we are, is it really such a stretch of the imagination to believe that he has endowed each of us with a spark of divinity?

Even the noted Christian theologian, C.S. Lewis, said much the same thing in his book "Mere Christianity."

“The command Be ye perfect is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command. He said (in the Bible) that we were “gods” and He is going to make good His words. If we let Him – for we can prevent Him, if we choose – He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful; but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said."

(LOL! I just noticed that the OP is a year and a half old. It didn't get any replies until yesterday. Maybe this time around, people will be more interested.)
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:45 PM
 
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St Anthanasios of Alexandria (295-373 A.D.) wrote that "God became man so that we might become children of God." This means that God became one of us so that we could become what God is, Divine...

Being spirit children of are Heavenly Father, doesn't that mean we have divine potential?...

The Bible says in 1 John Ch 3:2 Dearly beloved, we are now the sons of God: and it hath not yet appeared what we shall be. We know that when he shall appear we shall be like him: because we shall see him as he is.

Impressive. Most people just rip certain verses out of context...you look up a quote from a church leader 250 years later.
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