Posted: September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Escape to Reality

An old tale is told about a group of blind men who touch an elephant to learn what it is like. One man touches the leg and concludes, “Elephants are like trees.” “Oh no,” says the man touching the ear. “Elephants are like fans.” “You’re both wrong,” says the man touching the tail. “Elephants are like snakes.”

What is true of elephants might also be true of holiness. God is holy, but what is holiness? It’s like we have a bit of idea and from this bit we have formed a composite picture. “It’s like this,” says the theologian. “No, it’s like that,” says the Bible school student. We’re like blind men feeling our way around something that is far bigger than we can imagine.

I am aware of seven definitions of holiness – you may know of others – none of which is particularly good. To be fair, each…

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