We were not originally created by God our Father simply to be human beings, as we commonly understand the term. Our Father created us in His image, to attain His likeness, so that we could become actual partakers of His own nature through grace, for “All things of [God’s] divine power which appertain to life and godliness are given to us, through the knowledge of Him who has called us by His own proper glory and virtue . . . giving us most great and precious promises: that by these we may be made partakers of the divine nature” (2 P 1:3-4).