The Trauma of Holiness

“Jesus’ action to still the tempest made them [the disciples] more afraid. In the power of Christ they met something more frightening than they had ever met in nature. They were in the presence of the holy. We wonder what Freud would have said about that. Why would the disciples invent a God whose holiness is more terrifying than the forces of nature that provoked them to invent a god in the first place. We can understand it if people invented an unholy God, a god who only brought comfort. But why a god more scary than the earthquake, flood, or disease? It is one thing to fall victim to the flood or to fall prey to cancer; it is another thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, p. 72, (emphasis in original)

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” – Hebrews 10:31

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