Michael Horton:

We are no different. Fearful of judgment, we devise new ways of dealing with our sins and consequent guilt. Our covering may be more sophisticated, gilded with psychological or spiritual terminology, but they are still nothing more than fig leaves.

We want to find “the spiritual,” perhaps, but the last person we want to meet up with is the God who is always there, for he knows what we are really like…

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Thus, we prefer encounters with “the sacred” to encountering God himself.

Sacredness is ambiguous, open, free, and boundless. God himself is a particular person…