Originally posted by vistesd
Many on here have referred to God’s holiness. It has also sometimes been said that because God is holy, God cannot tolerate the presence of anything that is not holy.
What I would like to hear is some [b]definitions of God’s holiness. (Quotations from the Biblical texts are acceptable as long as they’re on point.)
The English word has the root m ...[text shortened]... ian need to be in the presence of the ill and impaired in order to heal and make them whole?[/b]
I lean towards the Hebrew definition of separate
. I disagree that it would render the various texts and obsersavtions you've listed paradoxical.
I think it is simply stating (and incredibly complicatedly, emphatically demanding) that God is unlike anything in creation. He is the creator. He did not create anything that could compare to Himself or His glory. He is separate. He is different. He is holy.
The beauty is that He is also intimate. He is completely different and separate, and yet He is involved.
It is true He will not allow the presence of sin into His holy place. God is omni-present. It seems that this would be difficult to attain. Unless we label His holy place to be a real location, i.e. Heaven.
As to Jesus being confined to place and time, that is much harder to deal with. Jesus is God. God is immutable. God is omnipresent. God is always omnipresent. Jesus is omnipresent. Uh-oh. Barrier. To be honest, this is still something I'm wrestling with in my theology. I still have many discrepencies I'm working through. I simply don't know. I hope that's ok with you for now. I, however, do not approach the subject as a sceptic, but rather as a believer. Therefore, until I understand, I trust. I don't suspend belief until I understand. Does that make sense? All have so far is Phillipians 2 telling us that Jesus is equal with God, and yet was able lay aside His glory in order to be made in the likeness of man. I don't have a complete grasp on what this means. But, like I said, I am working on it.
All that aside, I absolutely believe God to be holy, every person of the Godhead. And I define it as: separate, different, unique.