The Divine Knowledge of God

Mosaic of Christ , Ravenna (6th Century A.D.)

By: Pseudo-Dionysius

We cannot know God in His nature, since this is unknowable and beyond the reach of mind or of reason. But we know Him from the arrangement of everything, because everything is, in a sense, projected out from Him, and this order possesses certain images and semblances of His divine paradigms. We therefore approach that which is beyond all as far as our capacities allow us and we pass by way of the denial and the transcendence of all things and by way of the cause of all things. God is therefore known in all things and as distinct from all things. He is known through knowledge and through unknowing. Of Him there is conception, reason, understanding, touch, perception, opinion, imagination, name, and many other things. On the other hand He cannot be understood, words cannot contain Him, and no name can lay hold of Him. He is not one of the things that are and He is no thing among things. He is known to all from all things and He is known to no one from anything… the most divine knowledge of God, that which comes through unknowing, is achieved in a union far beyond mind, when mind turns away from all things, even from itself, and when it is made one with the dazzling rays, being then and there enlightened by the inscrutable depth of Wisdom.

St. Dionysius (The Divine Names, Chapter Seven sect. 3, Pseudo-Dionysius: The Complete Works; Paulist Press pgs. 108-109).

Advertisements

6 Responses to “The Divine Knowledge of God”


  1. 1 Elijah D. Watson April 28, 2012 at 8:14 am

    The Divine Knowledge of God With reference to Exodus 6:7. Or its interpretation

  2. 2 Oyedele kehinde Adesola David July 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    God should protect my father house and my mother. Bless us as we live on this earth.

  3. 3 Oyedele kehinde Adesola David July 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Your major changes in your life comes about your opinion on God’s strategies for your life when you decide to be one of the respectable in your society. You first look around you and discover some of the kingdom oriented who has made it in their ministries.

  4. 4 Oyedele kehinde Adesola David July 14, 2012 at 8:43 am

    It was written in the scripture that there shall not be barren in the land of Israel. Therefore, the family of Oyedele Taiwo Adeyinka Moses and his wife Oyedele Tope Hanna Nike receive children from their God.

  5. 5 Oyedele kehinde Adesola David July 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I want God should perfect my coming forth marriage with peacefull throughout the day and both families good promotions to the glory of God and should grant us children thereafter, I and my fiancee Titilope Maria Ojo should receive divine favour in our ministry.


  1. 1 The Divine Knowledge of God « Απόψεις για τη Μονή Βατοπαιδίου (και όχι μόνο) Trackback on August 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




Blog Stats

  • 354,250 hits

My YouTube Channel

St. Mary of Egypt

Archives

St. Poemen the Great

"A man may seem to be silent, but if his heart is condemning others, he is babbling ceaselessly. But there may be another who talks from morning till night and yet he is truly silent, that is, he says nothing that is not profitable."

St. Gregory the Great

"Every day you provide your bodies with good to keep them from failing. In the same way your good works should be the daily nourishment of your hearts. Your bodies are fed with food and your spirits with good works. You aren't to deny your soul, which is going to live forever, what you grant to your body, which is going to die."

St. Paisius Velichkovsky

"Remember, O my soul, the terrible and frightful wonder: that your Creator for your sake became Man, and deigned to suffer for the sake of your salvation. His angels tremble, the Cherubim are terrified, the Seraphim are in fear, and all the heavenly powers ceaselessly give praise; and you, unfortunate soul, remain in laziness. At least from this time forth arise and do not put off, my beloved soul, holy repentance, contrition of heart and penance for your sins."

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

“Prayer does not consist merely in standing and bowing your body or in reading written prayers….it is possible to pray at all times, in all places, with mind and spirit. You can lift up your mind and heart to God while walking, sitting, working, in a crowd and in solitude. His door is always open, unlike man’s. We can always say to Him in our hearts Lord , Lord have mercy.”

St. John of Kronstadt

The candles lit before the icons of the Theotokos are a symbol of the fact that She is the Mother of the Unapproachable Light, and also of Her most pure and burning love for God and Her love for mankind.

%d bloggers like this: