Jan 1, 2019
He [Christ] was made man that we might be made God.
– Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, De incarnatione verbi, sec. 54.3 (circa 318 AD)
Esoteric Christianity is an inner path, a practical effort to discover our true nature within, which is the light of Christ. Through the perfection of the soul, the path toward telesis (perfection) and theosis (divine incarnation) is walked. We must see, acknowledge, and comprehend our errors, so that we may become one with the light.
1In the beginning [arché, origin] was the Word [Λόγος, Logos, primordial activity], and the Word [primordial activity] was with God [Θεὸς, Theos], and the Word [primordial activity] was God [Theos].
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light [the inner Christ] shineth in darkness; and the darkness [the ego, the “I”] comprehended it not.
– John 1: 1 - 5
The very thing which is now called the Christian religion existed among the ancients also, nor was it wanting from the inception of the human race until the coming of Christ in the flesh, at which point the true religion which was already in existence began to be called Christian.
– St. Augustine, Retractiones (427 AD)
And when we say also that the Word, who is the first-birth of God, was produced without sexual union, and that He, Jesus Christ, our Teacher, was crucified and died, and rose again, and ascended into heaven, we propound nothing different from what you believe regarding those whom you esteem sons of Jupiter.
– Justin Martyr, First Apology, ch. 21 (circa 155 AD)