Is God Holy?

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Monday, March 24, 2014 0 comments

Christians claim that our God is holy. But what does that mean, and why can we make that claim? As I’m sure you’ve been noticing from our recent blog posts, we at Worldview Warriors hold to the teachings of the Bible. It is from the Bible that we learn about who God is, what God is like, what God wants us to do, and how much God loves us.

First of all, what does it mean to be holy? Go read this post for a full definition. Simply put, being holy is being completely pure, blameless, and without sin. None of us as humans can measure up to that; we are all impure and sinful.

So what does the Bible say about God’s holiness? Here are just a few passages:
1 Samuel 2:2... “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.”
Isaiah 6:3... “And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’”
Hosea 11:9b... “For I am God, and not a man—the Holy One among you. I will not come against their cities.”
Exodus 3:4-5... “When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ And Moses said, ‘Here I am.’ ‘Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’”
Revelation 4:8... “Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.’”

This last passage from Revelation is especially interesting, because it repeats the word “holy” three times. This is significant to note because repetition like this means the idea is being expressed with as much passion and force as possible. This shows the complete and supreme holiness of God.

But what if you don’t want to believe these verses and what the Bible says about God’s holiness? Well let’s think about this logically. We as human beings are sinful. The definition of a “god” is something or someone that we worship, and that we hold in higher regard than ourselves. If we are sinful (which we are), would you want a god who is sinful like you? Would you want a god who is as flawed as you? No! A god like that wouldn’t be a god at all. Simply because we are not holy means that our God must be holy, or He wouldn’t be greater than us.

What do you believe about God’s holiness? Why do you believe that He is or isn’t holy? Share your thoughts in a comment and we’ll discuss.