"God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them,..."
According to Maximus the Confessor, a Byzantine Monk, "man is the image of the divine Logos, and the purpose of his nature is to acquire similtude with God. In creation as a whole, man's role is to unify all things in God, and thus to overcome the evil powers of separation, division, disintegration, and death. The "natural" God-established "movement", "energy,"or will, of man is therefore directed toward communion with God, or "deification," not in isolation from the entire creation, but leading it back to its original state."