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God's Infinity: Standing Outside the Realm of Created Beings

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  • Thomas Daniel
    God s Infinity: Standing Outside the Realm of Created Beings Love is a holy state of the soul, disposing it to value knowledge of God above all created things.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 17, 2003
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      God's Infinity: Standing Outside the Realm of Created Beings

      Love is a holy state of the soul, disposing it to value knowledge of
      God above all created things. We cannot attain lasting possession of
      such love while we are still attached to anything worldly.

      The person who loves God values knowledge of God more man anything
      created by God, and pursues such knowledge ardently and ceaselessly.

      If everything that exists was made by God and for God, and God is
      superior to the things made by Him, he who abandons what is superior
      and devotes himself to what is inferior shows that he values things
      made by God more than God Himself.

      Since the soul is more noble than the body and God incomparably more
      noble than the world created by Him, he who values the body more than
      the soul and the world created by God more than the Creator Himself
      is simply a worshipper of idols.

      If you distract your intellect from its love for God and concentrate
      it, not on God, but on some sensible object, you thereby show that
      you value the body more than the soul and the things made by God more
      than God Himself.

      Since the Light of spiritual knowledge is the intellect's life, and
      since this Light is engendered by love for God, it is rightly said
      that nothing is greater than divine love (c£ 1 Cor. 13).

      When in the intensity of its love for God the intellect goes out of
      itself: then it has no sense of itself or of any created thing. For
      when it is illumined by the Infinite Light of God, it becomes
      insensible to everything made by Him, just as the eye becomes
      insensible to the stars when the sun rises.

      All the virtues co-operate with the intellect to produce this intense
      longing for God, Pure Prayer above all. For by soaring towards God
      through this prayer the intellect rises above the realm of created
      beings.

      When the intellect is ravished through love by divine knowledge
      stands outside the realm of created beings, it becomes aware of God's
      infinity.

      -- Saint Maximos the Confessor, "Prayer of the Heart -- Writings from
      the Philokalia," Shambhala Books, Boston
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