How the Fall affected the deification of man

The following is an apt description of the Fall of our First Parents, as perceived from within the lens of the deification of mankind:

“Eve first, and then Adam following, disdained the deification which was compatible with their created nature and which God had offered to them, and allowed themselves to go after the ambition of ‘being like Elohim,’ after the dream of a divinization which would be a perfect equality with God, not only in what concerns His eternal life but also as to His unlimited knowledge and absolute autonomy” (Gross, J. 1938/2002. The divinization of the Christian according to the Greek Fathers, p. 62).

It should be recalled that Adam is “not only the first man, but the head and representative of humanity which, because of this, he involves in his fall” (ibid., p. 82). By sinning, Adam lost the Presence of the Holy Spirit within him, in turn also losing “whatever he did not possess from his own content or in essence” (p. 221). However, the apostle Paul “places the original condition of Adam in parallel with the state of justice and holiness brought by Christ . . . [because] he clearly says that the first man became such . . . [a sinner] only after his fall” (ibid.).

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