Zeus. Poseidon. Athena. These names have one thing in common: they’re all mythological gods. And if you’ve ever done any digging into mythology (or read Percy Jackson), the faults of these gods are painfully visible (see the story of Hera throwing her son off Mount Olympus). Thankfully, as Christians, we’re in an awesome relationship with a blameless God. What, though, is the main thing that really sets God apart from these mythological gods?
As you might expect, it’s right there in the title of this article: holiness.
Holiness is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as this: exalted or worth of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness.
Right off the bat, the difference between a god and God is made quite obvious. If the Greek gods had infinite power like the God of the bible, things would get pretty dicey. Words can’t properly express how grateful I am that that kind of influence and control is only found in the all-capable hands of God.
However, there’s another side to holiness that has massive implications, both in general and for the Christian specifically. This aspect of holiness is especially brought to the forefront when considering the Greek meaning of the word holy: separate.
The separation between God and man is so extremely vast, so ridiculously immeasurable that it’s mind blowing on every level. God’s holiness and consequentially, total separation from everything raises a lot of questions, such as how can we have a relationship with Him as sinners? Can a perfect God truly be involved in everyday human affairs around the world? Or even how the Son of God, Jesus, came down and became a man while still retaining His divine nature?
These questions and aspects of holiness, as well as many others, will be explored in detail throughout the course of this month’s articles. So if you’re looking for answers to all of your holiness-related questions, you’ve come to the right place!