Understanding Human Nature

by Rev. Fr. Deacon Charles Joiner
Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral,
Greenville, South Carolina Area, USA

For Orthodox our aim is union with God, a true participation in His energies. This theology, that comes from Christ Himself and has been passed on by the Apostles and Church Fathers, is based on a complete understanding of our Human Nature. This video explains the complete view of Human nature that is the foundation of Orthodox Spirituality.

Orthodox Spirituality is based on the understanding of the Full view of human nature that includes a spiritual way of knowing by the heart. This 2nd video explains the Orthodox notion of the heart.

Nepsis or watchfulness is an Orthodox practice of “mindfulness” where by we remain vigilant and aware of our thoughts and behavours so as not to come under the influence of the Spirit of Negation, nothingness that is the evil ones. [Therapéia Journal editor]

Watchfulness is how the Church Fathers teach us to purify our heart so we can see God as Jesus told us. This is the third video in the series on the foundations of Orthodox spirituality.