Nature or Character?

A Sunday school lesson claims that just as a human can be allergic to something, God’s reaction to sin is like that.  God is holy by nature.  The lesson claims that God is naturally holy.

The question is, if holiness is a natural characteristic, why would God admonish us to “be ye holy as I am holy.”?  On the other hand, if holiness is the result of one’s effort to eschew evil, and that effort builds that attribute of character, then exercising it is an effort to be obedient to God, is it not?

Holiness is not a natural attribute of either God or man.  But then loving someone else more than yourself isn’t either, is it?

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