I went to a church where it was said that the Holy Spirit was so 'holy' He would flee far from you if you sinned. It always caused me to wonder.
Isn't God everywhere?
Can I really make God 'run away'?
And then I saw something that again reminded me of what God is about.
God's love is unconditional.
Sin does not change God's love.
Sin changes our perception of ourselves
- not God's ability to hang out with us.
Let me illustrate.
God hung out with Adam in the Garden, although Adam was naked.
Now Adam disobeys God's one command.
Adam *knows* he is naked now, so he hides from God.
God still comes to hang out with Adam, despite Adam's SIN.
Yes, God sends Adam from the Garden.
This is not a punishment, but rather God's mercy to prevent the possiblity that Adam could live eternally in his state of feeling guilty.
Notice, God follows Adam out of the Garden.
God does not leave Adam because of his sin.
God is obviously in a one-on-one relationship with Adam's sons, Cain and Abel.
God has not turned from mankind because of their sin.
God still is in relationship with them.
Psalm 139:7-8 says if I make my bed in hell, God is there.
Your sin will not turn God away from you.
It will, however, make you, like Adam, attempt to hide from God
Thanks to D on Xanga