A Power More Frightening than Anything in Nature

What is significant about this scriptural story (Mark 4:35-40) is that the disciples’ fear increased after the threat of the storm was removed.  The storm had made them afraid.  Jesus’ action to still the tempest made them more afraid.  In the power of Christ they met something ore 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 was 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 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 in the hands of the living God.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition


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