Can we extricate ourselves from Molinism?
(08-05-2011, 08:53 PM)Mithrandylan Wrote:
(08-05-2011, 05:14 PM)Melkite Wrote: So then, is seeing the face of God literally seeing the face of God, or is it metaphoric for comprehending God in some sense that we are incapable of comprehending now?  In the east, we have theosis, of which I'm sure you're aware, but that isn't a constant, it's ever increasing.  Is the beatific vision gaining greater clarity of God?  And is there any sesne in the beatific vision of a divine essence that is eternally unknowable?

We will never, ever, ever fully understand God in Heaven.  It is an eternal "now" and a complete lack of successsion of time.  Every "second" we will grow in knowledge (I think I heard a priest say that once) but we will never fully understand Him.  I think that is mind-shatteringly beautiful.

Fr Altier said that Christ's human nature will also never fully understand God, but of course in His divine nature He does.  Crazy, huh? 

From the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologiae (I-II, qq. 2-5), the Beatific Vision could be said to be "perceiving" perfectly the divine essence of God Himself, which is a gift granted to the intellect of man when God joins them directly to himself without any intermediary. Since, in beholding this perfect vision of Who God is, we grasp also his perfect goodness, this act of "seeing" and "perceiving" the divine essence is simultaneously a perfect act of loving God as the highest and infinite goodness. It is complete unity with Him. This is why the Beatific Vision is referred to as literally (not materially) seeing the "face of God". (Obviously, God does not have a material face, so one could not see what does not exist. Instead, we behold perfectly the divine essence, which is often likened unto the "face of God" since we cannot understand how it is possible to perceive an infinite essence.)
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