God created man, the way He would have liked to be a man, if He was a man! It was the plan of God from the very beginning to create man to part take (union) with Him to live with Him as ~a godman by the Grace of God~ in His Heavenly Kingdom where He was to live with his Saints as ~a God by nature~! This part take however had to be ~a willing part take~ on the behalf of man. This is why God created first man to be in His IMAGE Nous (mind) Logos and Spirit in order for man to first get know him personally with the potential to becoming in His LIKENESS ~a part take with God~ that is known today as being Holy, a New Creation [Colossians 3 10] New Adam, the overcoming of mortality and Eternal Life.
The forbidden tree of good and evil was a trial of ~obedience~ that was to also test their ~true love emotions~ toward their God and creator that were the most essential precondition for becoming in the Likeness (part take) with God. In returning to the presence of God in the New Testament (becoming Holy) we see that there are the same requirements in returning to His presence! [John 14:2] “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” Man was to become in Gods Image (a god man by the Grace of God) only if he wanted to, only if he wants to obey all of the commandments of God!
Obeying all of the commandments of God is worth nothing to God Creator unless man has the real freedom to do so! This is why the Holy Fathers of the Greek Orthodox teach that “the greatest and most important gift from God to man is his freedom…his freedom to choose!
He created all of His creations to be free including all of His angels (proof is the fallen archangel Lucifer/snake) and this is the way God created Adam and Eve. The plan of God for union with man (in becoming His Image) was immediately canceled upon disobedience on the behalf of Adam and Eve. If God went on and made Adam “Holy” or “a god by the Grace of God” after they had sinned/disobeyed, then Adam and Eve would have had the impression that being partaken (united) with God will not exclude disobedience! Being disobedient by first eating the forbidden able following their refusal to repent, are the events that caused the unfolding of cosmological events build within creation that were to unfold as a natural consequence of their actions revealing the next WILL (plan) of God for the returning of man to His presence theosis (part take) and Salvation!
In [Genesis 3:2] the coats mentioned are the material bodies of Adam and Eve that came about as a consequence of their sin needed for the separation from God’s presence and the new life that was to be of a material nature. “”Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them”. It was the moment in time when the Grace of God that was doing everything for Adam and Eve was withdrawn and replaced by the gift of logic! Logic was a gift of God to Adam and his descendants that was to serve as ~the eye through which~ man could see the all wisdom and creativity of God! Logic was also the means by which they could survive on their own in the new material world they found their selves in the absence of God!
The new material bodies acquired by Adam and Eve [Genesis 2:2] where not created by God the day He created Adam and Eve but hey given by God as consequence of sin! This why Adam and Eve and their descendants could not see/know/ God with this materialistic “exile body” and live! [Exodus 33.20] “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live”.
[Note: Any known cases of man in the presence of God before the coming of Lord Jesus and the creation of His Church (like Moses or the Holy Light in Jerusalem every year) is not a presence of Divine Light (God), but a presence of God through a created material light (like the sun is material light) so He can make His presence known without harming man!
Spiritual death: The eternal separation of man from God!
The consequences suffered by all men and women who are born on earth are known by the Holy Fathers and are described as a Spiritual Death. The deaths included are two! The first death that was inherited is known as “the eternal separation of man from God” and the second death is the death of the body that is considered by the Holy Fathers ~a gift to humanity~ for without it no one would ever be able to return to Gods domain!
The new material bodies of Adam and Eve and their descendants were not capable in seeing and knowing God personally (returning to His presence) but their hearts which in essence were ~the persons~ before God made coats of skins, and clothed them could!
[2 Corinthians: 4:6]. “God makes His Light shine in our hearts, to bring us the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ.
When speaking about the HEART, (soul) as meant in the Gospels we are speaking of a Person [1 Peter 3:4] “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” The heart is the person that represents each and every one the moment of death when the soul exits the body. This is the heart/soul upon which Lord Jesus will restore man “to body and soul” again at His Second Coming according to each person deeds. [Galatians 6:7-8] “7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. This is why the Holy Fathers teach that the heart is the mind of our minds or the mind and the heart is ONE and the same thing! According to the teachings of the Holy Fathers the center of a person’s self-conscience is not the brain or the nervous system but it is the heart because of being capable of having a certain supernatural functions. This is a knowledge became known through the experience of the Holy Fathers and not through the logical power of the mind or mental theologizing.
The heart/PERSON is ill begotten from the consequences of the propateric sin and personal SIN and is in need of a therapy! [Matthew 15-19] “FOR OUT OF THE HEART PROCEED EVIL THOUGHTS MURDERS ADULTERIES FORNICATIONS THEFTS FALSE WITNESS BLASPHEMIES”. Furthermore vainglory, ego, envy, hatred, lustiness stinginess and greed are equally strong passions that siege the heart (self will) and force the mind (body) in the un natural act of sin. The words in [Mathew 5:8] describe ~all of the preconditions~ needed for man, to return to the presence of God! “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” This is why the Church was created by the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost wit 85 Holy Apostolic canons (Church rules) that would enable Lord Jesus to become the “head of His body the Church” enabling this way those baptized TO BE REDEEMED FROM ALL SIN (only God can forgive sins including the propateric one) and become MEMBERS OF HIS BODY! [Α Colossians 1:18] “He is the head of his body, the Church; He is the source of the body’s life” http://orthodoxinfo.com/general/stjohn_church.aspx
Lord Jesus (God Logos) does it all! No education needed…only Love for the Lord and Obedience!
The Holy Sacrament of BAPTISM:
The Sacrament of the Holy Baptism is the Mystery through which man becomes a living member of the Body of Christ. Through Baptism Jesus Christ Himself reshapes and makes man partaker of a divine nature. It signifies the beginning of a potential dynamic process in one’s path toward the Kingdom of God. Baptism introduces people to the place of their Salvation that is the Ecclesia (Church) and grands them the right to participate to all the other Holy Sacraments. The Holy Baptism is also known as the Holy Sacrament of Rebirth. It is becoming “a god by the Grace of God” because man part takes with the Holy Spirit! The purpose of Holy Baptism is to remove the consequences of the original sin, is to allow a person to become a vessel of the Holy Spirit (Saint) to become a member of His Holy Body. This is why during Baptism the priest calls upon the sponsor to renounce the devil and all of his works. Baptism described in the Holy Bible cannot take place without Lord Jesus (God Logos) partaking as high Priest and Mediator to His Father with His Holy Sacraments.
In the absence of the therapy of the Church as created by the Holy Spirit (God) 2000 years ago there is No Hope No Salvation. The word “Salvation” means ‘Salvation from death” and the word “death” means
“THE CONTINUATION OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE PROPATERIC SIN” which in essence means “THE ETERNAL SEPARATION OF MAN FROM GOD”
The vision of Divine Light (returning to the presence of God) This is what Lord Jesus told St. Symeon when He became worthy to His presence in His divine Light.
“It is me, God, Who became man for you; and behold that I have made you, as you see, and shall make you god”. http://www.monachos.net/content/patristics/studies-fathers/67
Understanding the Orthodox Christian Faith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxdbE7033Ho
Icon: Taken During Divine Liturgy http://frjohnpeck.com/looking-east-during-prayer-worship/