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My doctrine of Sanctification would be embracing the Salvation of all humanity, for one and all, All for one. One for all.OK – where is your doctrine of individual sanctification?
Further thought on Shaik Ahmad al-Ahsa'i –
According to Shaykh Ahmad, while the divine Essence is inaccessible to ordinary believers, all humans possess attributes that constitute a manifestation to them of God. Therefore, although an annihilation of the divide between the seeker and God is impossible, it is possible to demolish the barrier between these persons and the internal manifestation of God within them.
This distinction is akin, I think, to the Heyschast Dispute in the Byzantine Church in the 14th century.
Gregory Palamas of Thessaloniki (1296-1359) saw a distinction between the essence (ousia) and the energies (energeia) of God.
While God in his Essence is unknowable and indeterminable, the 'vision' of God can be attained when his Energy (Activity) is seen with the eyes as the Uncreated Light.
Eastern Orthodox theologians generally regard this distinction as real and not just a conceptual distinction.
Historically, Western Christian thought has tended to reject the essence-energies distinction as real in the case of God. If I have it right, the Western position is that God's esse (being)/ousia (essence), is there is God's actus (activity)/energeia. One could go on to argue that God is present where He is active ...
Mmm .. an often misunderstood, and divisive topic...This is where I think you can see the metaphysical roots behind Augustine's view of predestination . . . It is just God's will, God's activity, God's determination that is behind everything. That whole idea that we are cooperators with God through our own free choice, I think, is what's lost. And that has huge theological implications."
I'll have to correct you there – certainly St Augustine was a considerable voice in the Western Christian Tradition, but that does not mean he is followed without question – indeed I think is influence is greater in the Reformed traditions (Luther and Calvin) than in the Roman Catholic – a point made in the debate.According to this discussion, Western Christian thought (which is largely championed by St. Augustine) ...
That again is the Reformed denominations, the RCC does not hold with predestination.... unwittingly erased St. Paul's meaning when transferring his thought from Greek to Latin. I learned from the video above that Western Christianity's take on this leads us to eventually embrace predestination.
Indeed, but this does not apply to Catholicism.That whole idea that we are cooperators with God through our own free choice, I think, is what's lost. And that has huge theological implications."