It seems the longer I'm away from the faith I grew up in, the less I remember or the less I understand. One of these issues regards the "Holy". I envision this thread going the way of the other thread I started (What is a Christian) in which I get a varied of opinion and thoughts to chew on - so I'm not going to necessarily debate you on your responses (others might).
So, with that preamble out of the way, some questions:
- What does being holy mean?
- It's my understanding that we are not Holy, that we attain Holiness through Jesus Christ, and then we can get to heaven. What exactly does this mean though? Is it permanent? Do we attain it after death, only?
Now, I've been thinking about it and it seems to me that Jesus washes away our sins, making us 'clean' and I suppose presentable to God. The trouble with this is that it's a very materialistic view - it's like getting the dirt off of our bodies. I don't think this is what 'Holiness' is though.
Holiness, to me, seems to refer to something in the mind. So what is it? Is it a barrier that prevents us from sinning again? Maybe 'barrier' is the wrong word - by barrier I suppose I mean something closer to desire.
Enough rambling from me, what say you?