make men gods?


#1

I am hoping that someone can help me with this part of our Catechism. In regards to the last line “make men gods”

and also how would we define “partakers of the divine nature”

460 The Word became flesh to make us** “partakers of the divine nature”**:78 "For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God."79 "For the Son of God became man so that we might become God."80 **"The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods."81 **


#2

If you can understand John 10:34 than it makes 460 in the CCC a little clearer.

24 The Jews gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” 33 “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came–and the Scripture cannot be broken-- 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. 38 But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

I give credit to David Mammola because he cleared this up for me a few weeks ago. Also, check out what saints wrote paragraph 460… :slight_smile:


#3

Try googling “theosis” someone who calls herself Mystic Rose has a good explanation. That paragraph stopped me in my tracks too.


#4

Texan, this was recently discussed here:

forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=130759


#5

What are the words the priest says before the blessing of the wine.

By the mystery of this water and wine, may we come to share in His Divinity, as He humbled Himself to share in our humanity”.

Well, he used to say these words. Now he prays them silently. :crying:


#6

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