This I think is something we all agree upon and if I have not qualified myself enough I appologize. If you read the link I give you can see also how St Ireneaus qualifies this .
St Maximos and St Gregory Palamas do speak, for example, of our becoming uncreated, which is a bold way indeed to describe our participation in the divine energies of God (though perhaps no more bolder than St Athanasius' declaration "God became Man so that men might become God"); but of course they immediately have to qualify themselves: becoming uncreated does not mean that we cease to be creatures; our essential nature is not annihilated by our communion with our Creator in his divine energies.
I am not doing atributing any “omni’s” to man either. Admittedly as you say language is awkward, and no doubt my use of it is not very good. As I was thinking about this maybe it is better to simply say that God is, and is the source of: existence, might and power, wisdom and knowledge. And maybe also we can say that He is and is the source of presence (I have not heard this specific language unlike with the other attributes , but certainly we can say that God is the source of awareness and personhood which maybe is what we mean by presence?)
How many of the Fathers were willing to attribute to deified man the divine attributes of infinity, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence?
As for the language of Scripture certain Eph 1:18-23 is pretty bold
"18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the aints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
The question that I see is whether human nature is limited or unlimited in it's potential to recieve and manifest the God-head in its fullness. In other words is the limiting factor our individual capacity and will as person's or is human nature itself limited because of it's createdness. St Ireneaus is you read the link I provide says that the limit exists not as potential, but due to the fact that we are infantile and unaccustomed to and unpracticed in the things of God. Ie it is man's will not how God created man that is the limiting factor.
Edited by Anna Stickles, 21 April 2012 - 06:03 PM.