Saturday, October 24, 2009

Something scary

In his book The Holiness of God, R. C. Sproul discusses the scriptural account provided in Mark 4 of Jesus and the disciples being caught in a storm while crossing the Sea of Galilee:

What is significant about this scriptural story is that the disciples' fear increased after the threat of the storm was removed. The storm had made them afraid. Jesus' actions to still the tempest had made them more afraid. In the power of Christ they met something more frightening then they had ever met in nature. They were in the presence of the holy...Why would the disciples invent a god in the first place? We can understand if people invented an unholy god, a god who brought only 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.(53)

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