Relics Part 3: Essence and Energies
January 15, 2008 Length: 1:01:05
After a two month disappearance, Steve and Bill resurface and finally record part 3 of the series on "Relics". In this program they discuss the Orthodox view of God and how the creation can literally "participate in God", or as St. Peter says, be a "partaker of the divine nature". How can the infinite God who says "You cannot see My face and live" also promise that "the pure in heart shall see God"? The distinction between the essence and energies of God is one of the fundamental dogmas of the Orthodox faith and gives us a vision of our union with God which is ultimately our salvation.
"Excellent radio, dear brothers and sisters in the unchanged Christian faith! Congratulations, and thanks for bringing this beauty and pureness over the ether. I am writing you from Sofia, Bulgaria, where we pride ourselves on keeping the Orthodox faith despite the centuries of Ottoman power here and 50 years of Communism. Actually, it is not clear whether we have kept the Orthodoxy or the Orthodoxy has kept us, but Bulgaria is the oldest state in Europe still existing on the same territory and with the same name. May the Lord bless your undertaking in broadcasting!"