GOD IS LOVE:
JUNE 14, 2015
Because God is love, He is holy, and conversely, because God is Holy, He is love. Much that misrepresents the nature of God would be cleared up if folks would understand that simple truth. Twice, John in his first epistle, affirms with the exact same words,
It is God's love that makes Him holy. The essence of holiness is love. Being
At best, there are those with a somewhat less defiled conscience, whose feeling at the thought that God is holy, is simply that He's just not comfortable being around them. In other words, God is seen to be very much unlike Jesus, His Son, who always gravitated toward sinners, exhibiting a comforting friendliness in their presence. Interesting, eh? ...since Jesus is the exact image of the invisible God! With a mix of confused thoughts and feelings, and trying to sort out what it means that God loves us but is also disgusted with us, it is not at all surprising that we all, apart from being brought to really know through His Son what God is really like, are not inclined to be seekers after God.
>From the Greek word, translated as "holy," we also get "saint," and "sanctified," including their various forms.
In what sense is God holy? Does He, in His holiness, stand aloof from us sinners, holding us at arm's length lest He be defiled by our very presence? No. He, as the Source of all holiness, by nature is uncorrupted and incorruptible by anything sinful, i.e., unloving. His love, being the very essence of His holiness, is such that His divine impulse is to be with us (think the incarnation), deeply moved by our need to be healed of our unlovingness, while, though, for a time, so identified with us, that He became sin for us, the quality of His separateness from the unlovingness of sin, remains eternally inviolable.
How is it that much conventional Christian theology has set God's holiness against His love, rather than seeing that they are one in the same? How is it that we have come to believe that God had an anger-management problem that only the blood of Christ could resolve? How could we have missed the fact that it’s we who have a problem with anger. In the depths of the collective unconscious of mankind, is a seething anger against God, due to the blindness and ignorance of our hearts. It's we who needed a confrontation with perfect love that refused to retaliate in kind in the face of us crucifying Him, so that by that confrontation, in Christ, we were reconciled to God. He broke our angry hearts, and then healed them by His holiness. Yes, He healed our hearts by His holiness.