The second point I would make is that our rationality is a reflection of the way God thinks.
The Orthodox Church rejects this idea. God cannot be rationalized.
Thank you for that. This is useful information but 'Leap of Faith' has just told me that I must be prepared to set aside my fixed ideas and have the courage to change. Is this just to be true of me or everyone?
So does the Orthodox Church tell us we must set aside our minds and, if so, why are we debating?
When you say, "God cannot be rationalised", I think I need to know what you mean. If you mean there is a point to which our concepts and understanding will not stretch in relation to God, this is clearly true because we are finite and he is infinite. If, on the other hand, you mean that God communicates with his creation in absurdities, then I would take this as an insult to him! Also, my understanding would be that you would disagree with other things which I've written. For example, there would seem to be no reason why you would expect the propositions of scripture to be consistent or even coherent. At this point discussion ceases because everyone is free to claim that scripture means whatever he wants it to mean. When God says, "come let us reason together......", is your understanding that he anticipated a 'nonsense' conversation?
It means that God is beyond human reason.
Well he obviously wants us to understand something of himself. Why do you think he says, "come let us reason together...." if this is an impossibility and he is completely beyond human reason. Why reveal himself to us at all if we cannot understand? Do you believe that the bible is intended to communicate true, reasonable propositions?
Orthodoxy teaches that man, because of the incarnation and sacrifice of Christ, has been given the possibility to achieve Theosis, Union with God, through his Divine Energies, that is, Gods Grace.
Yes, by God's grace we are saved through faith in his finished work upon the cross.
This, however, doesn't mean that we will become one with God as the pantheists says. God is still apart from creation and, as you said yourself, infinite.
Agreed. Of course pantheists don't generally believe in a personal God.
This doesn't mean that we should not study the scriptures for answers, but that it makes no sense to try and understand God through rationality.
How are we to find answers if they are not understandable? God is obviously not limited in what he is able to do but that does not make his acts irrational. Do you mean that the answers that we find would be absurd?
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind
, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.
God is not expecting us to discard rational thought.
Orthodox christians believe that Christ established the Church as the Ark of Salvation, the Bride of Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit.
Well Christ is responsible for our salvation through his death and resurrection. All who accept his gift of salvation are the 'bride of Christ.'
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.