I'm a simple man who looks for simple explanations. So can someone give me a very concise explanation or analogy of the essence/energies distinction? I like the analogy of the iron in the fire. That makes perfect sense to me. But my main question is whether or not God's attributes can be separated from His being. I may be wrong, but it seems to me that God's divine attributes are eternally wed to His eternal being. I can't think of any divine attribute that didn't exist in eternity past or that will cease to exist in the eternal future. Am I mistaken here? Thanks for any clarification you can give me.