But the greatest of these is love

“If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

“Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor 13: 1-13).

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Faith – Why proselytising fails

“Faith, as a work of the Holy Spirit, comes to one person through another, but only when this other communicates the word of Scripture assimilated and confessed with faith, or with the capacity of experiencing communion in the Spirit” (Staniloae [1998] The experience of God: Revelation and knowledge of the Triune God, p. 42).

Faith and seeing God

The Son of God became man so that man might become god – Saint Athanasius (De inc. 54, 3: PG 25, 192B).

Yes, God Is and will remain – despite the present loss of your faith.

There are two kinds of faith: faith derived from hearing and learning, and faith derived from theoria. Although not separate from each other, the two kinds of faith differ, resulting in different kinds of knowledge of God.

Faith derived from hearing and learning (simple faith) results in the natural knowledge of God. Faith derived from theoria (perfect faith) results in the spiritual knowledge of God and the healing of man. We have become very used to the former, but thoroughly unused to the latter that we seem to have forgotten it indeed exists and is part and parcel of the life of humankind.

The shift from the mere natural knowledge of God, to the spiritual knowledge of God, is what is happening right now, necessitating purification in all the dimensions of life. This shift will continue, steadily increasing, until illumination of the heart of the soul, the nous, occurs and then all humankind will know God Is.

On faith, theology and theoria

When the nous, the heart of the soul, of man begins with simple faith, it will eventually attain a theology that transcends the nous and that is characterized by unremitting faith of the highest type and the vision of the invisible – St Thalassios

Faith without works is dead

Faith without concurrent works that translate the said faith into action toward our neighbor-in-need is dead, because “faith also, if it does not have works attached to it, is dead in itself” (James 2:17).

Loving our neighbor as ourselves

In what ways are we loving our neighbor as ourselves, in actuality, and not one iota less than ourselves, especially in the neighbor’s hour of need?

Meeting the Divine Light – 14

“The vision of God in light is higher not only than rational knowledge but also than the knowledge that comes through faith” (Gregory Palamas, The triads).

Faith, knowledge of God, and the deification of man

Two kinds of faith exist: faith derived from hearing and learning, and faith derived from theoria. Although by no means separate from each other, these two kinds of faith are different from each other and naturally result in different kinds of knowledge of God. Faith derived from hearing and learning (simple faith) results  Continue reading “Faith, knowledge of God, and the deification of man”

Faith and the Spirit

The faith that is received through an other “is a gift of the Spirit” (Staniloae, The experience of God: Revelation and knowledge of the Triune God).

Ask and you shall receive

Ask and you shall receive. But you have to ask sincerely first. For if you do not ask with genuineness in your heart, you will not receive. So do not fear and do not limit yourself when asking, for God the Father is limitless and generous. Ask!