Updated: Apr 25
"There is a big difference between knowing God through the work of our mind in what relates to Him and knowing Him through what He reveals to us from His Divine Energies. Knowing Him only intellectually puts us in danger of creating an image of Him that is very far from reality, because we would have deduced it through our human energies only.
God is not known except through living with Him and in Him. He is a living person with Whom we share an experience of meeting, communion and life. Western theology took an intellectual tendency to approach God and thus philosophy became the main foundation of studying theology; intellectual effort became the focus in the quest for Divine Knowledge.
In the East, however, approaching God remained dependent on experience and Unity with Him; the focus remained on the effort to be purified and cleansed." Metropolitan Saba Esper