"In the case, therefore, o f the Godhead we confess that there is but one nature, but hold that there are three subsistences actually existing, and hold that all things that are of nature and essence are simple, and recognize that the difference of the subsitences only in the three properties of independence of cause and Fatherhood, of dpendence on cause and Sonship, of dependence on cause and procession."
-St. John of Damascus
Expositon of the Orthodox Faith,
Book 3, chapter 5
It seems to mean that St. John of Damascus is supporting what the East usually considers nothing more than the scholastic position of the West, that while the three hypostasises are truly disctinct persons, their differences are not one of being but one of only of an oposition of relations. The logos is different from the Father only in that he is begotten and in nothing else. The Holy Spirit is different from the other persons only in his relationship of proceeding from the Father. It seems to me that any other positions creates some dangerous contradictions. If the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are different from one another in more than just relationship, it seems to me that we being to divide God into thirds, which is impossible given the infinity of the Divine nature. Thus, the Scholastic/Western position makes the most sense to me.
Can some one please explain the Eastern Position to me and explain why the Eastern rejection of the above makes more sense to you.
Please note, I am not trying to argue and if it appears that I am, please understand that I am simply trying to better understand your position. I am here to learn.
Many Blessings in Christ,