Genesis 1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”.
The revelation of His Saints that “the almighty Word of the Lawgiver God and His creational command was said ~one time for all times” applies from the beginning of creation till the end of the world is surly correct because it is begotten through Revelation (Divine Light) that is the very base of the Greek Orthodox theology.
St. Symeon the New Theologian The vision of 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
In the Garden of Eden the transformed archangel Lucifer (the snake) is free to do what he does today with all people everywhere and at all times to whisper in their hearts and in their minds like he did with Adam and Eve Adam the things that they might want to hear in order to disobey God and find their selves in the same disposition he is. Lucifer’s whisper is made very attractive it is always covered with lies and it is based on the same principals of pride and selfishness that were the reason of his downfall his own transformation …he whispers “if you eat from the apple you will also be God like He is God”! God does not “punish” them for eating the apple he finally sends them away because they did not show any signs of remorse…they did not repent! The first chance to repent was given when Eve cut the apple from the tree. She did not have to eat it! The second chance was given after they had both eaten from the apple. The third time was given when they had a chance to personally talk to God. Adam threw the blame on Eve… and Eve blamed it on the snake!
God had a very special plan for them in Paradise.
God created man, the way He would have liked to be a man, if He was a man! This is why God created man to be in His Image Nous (mind), Logos and Pneyma (spirit). The image of God in man describes all of the means by which man can know God as a PERSON. The Holy Fathers of the Greek Orthodox Church teach that “God is a person because He is known to talk to people like Moses PERSON to person!
The Likeness of God however comes from a union with Him and this is something that has to be earned by those who desire it and it was to be begotten by the type love that comes about through obedience. The obedience type of love described here is found in the New Testament in [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”
The relationship of man with God begotten in the New Testament points out the plan intended for man when God was creating Adam and Eve and this was an eventual ~a Union with Him~ that was to come about through obedience! This is why; the greatest gift for all of His creations was their free will, the freedom to choose. He created all of His angels this way (proof is the fallen archangel Lucifer/snake) and this is the way God created Adam and Eve. When creating Adam and Eve God did not “impose” this part take with Him (to become His Likeness) they were to achieve it through the type obedience in their lives that would be based on their true love emotions for Him.
Being disobedient by first eating of the forbidden able following by the refusal to repent are the events that caused the unfolding of cosmological events build within creation that were to unfold manifesting the new will of God for the Salvation of man in case of disobedience.! If God went on and made Adam “a god by the Grace of God” after he had sinned, then Adam would have had the rightful conclusion that being partaken (united) with God does not exclude disobedience!
In Paradise the ~trust and the confidence~ for God that is described by the word Faith was known by Adam and Eve by the knowing God personally. This type of Faith failed.
In the new material world however the Faith needed to know God is begotten by trust and confidence alone. Trust and confidence however does not provide Revelation as to the way to Union with God… obedience does! This type of a Faith of having Faith turned out to be superior of the faith Adam and Eve for there are millions and millions throughout the 2000 year old history of the Church who achieved Salvation a UNION WITH GOD through Baptism that returns man to His presence.
The coming of Lord Jesus and the creation of the Church was to “set up” the right circumstances for man to be able to personally know God. After Pentecost and the dissenting of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4), the Apostles created Churches around the world using specific rules (given from above) that are known as the 85 Holy Apostolic Cannons.
Cannons of the Apostles http://www.holytrinitymission.org/books/english/cannons_apostles_rudder.htm
These Holy Apostolic Cannons that establish our Lords presence ~in His Body the Church~ as High Priest and Mediator to His Father for each and every one of us ensure man’s freedom, they were set forth to free man from his biggest tyranny that is sin, and they are aimed to set man free from his biggest tyrant who is the devil.
His Body the Church (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
Most of the Apostles their selves became Bishops in order to go around the world and create Churches for the Salvation of man. The word Ecclesia (Church) is found in the Holy Bible 105 times! Apostles who became Bishops http://orthodoxwiki.org/Seventy_Apostles
During the schism that took place in the years 1054, the WILL of God was replaced with the will of man in violation of [Ephesians 4:5] which is very lucid as to a certain characteristic of the Church none negotiable created by the Apostles. [Ephesians 4, 5] “One Lord, One faith, One baptism”. Lord Jesus cannot be present in any Church outside the one created through the Holy Spirit it is not possible for Him to part take with the Salvation of man in disobedience of His own commandments!
If sins are not redeemed the way specified by the Holy Spirit (Holy Canons), life after death will be the same as before the coming of Lord Jesus where there was no hope no Salvation
Understanding the Orthodox Christian Faith (the Faith of the Apostles)
Lord Jesus did not come to teach philosophically but THERAPEUTICALLY. http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2013/03/the-foundations-of-orthodox.html
God bless, please remember me in your prayers Constantinos James Wiliams