Hello. I came across a wiki article the other day on theosis and this quote (from the wiki article) from St. Maximus the Confessor
“A sure warrant for looking forward with hope to deification of human nature is provided by the incarnation of God, which makes man god to the same degree as God Himself became man.” and “let us become the image of the one whole God, bearing nothing earthly in ourselves, so that we may consort with God and become gods, receiving from God our existence as gods.” For it is clear that He who became man without sin (cf. Heb. 4:15) will divinize human nature without changing it into the divine nature, and will raise it up for His own sake to the same degree as He lowered Himself for man’s sake. This is what St. Paul teaches mystically when he says, ‘…that in the ages to come He might display the overflowing richness of His grace’ (Eph. 2:7)."(page 178 PHILOKALIA Volume II)
Now it seems to me that he is saying that men may become gods, similar to the LDS belief. It seems like he is saying something that is totally contrary to the Catholic faith, yet he was made a saint. It is my understanding that if someone taught such an egregious error as men becoming gods, he would not be canonized. Can someone help me understand where I’m wrong here? Do I not understand the passage correctly? Or did he recant before his death, or something like that? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, God love you.