The question—”How tall is God?”—has been a subject of contemplation and debate for centuries. The Bible describes God as being all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent, glorious, mighty, invisible God, and other superlative natures of being divine. However, the physical dimensions of God have not been explicitly mentioned in the scripture. This has led to various interpretations and beliefs about the height and even weight of God.
There are different biblical beliefs and references about the physical height and even the weight of God. By studying the scripture more closely, we will understand God better and be able to teach our family, especially our kids.
Does God Have A Physical Body?
God Is Spirit
God is an entity that transcends the physical world and exists beyond the limitations of time and space. As such, it is believed that God does not have a physical form or a height. Instead, God is seen as a spirit that permeates everything around us.
In 2 Corinthians 3:17–18, it is stated, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled faces, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
God also commanded the Israelites not to make any graven image, gods, and an idol of any likeness of what is in heaven above, on the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. God cannot be in a form or nature of what He just created Himself.
God is far beyond what we could think or imagine. His creation just shows His glory and power. Acts 17:29 reads, “Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.”
God Can Assume Any Physical Form Or Matter
In God’s great power, He can assume or exist through a different physical matter or appearance, including the human form. John 1:14 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
This is the Lord Jesus Christ who became a “mortal” man to redeem humanity from the curse of sin and death. Even though the Lord Jesus made His dwelling among us, there are no physical attributes written about Him, only that He is described as the “image of the invisible God”(Colossians 1:15).
God appeared to Moses as a burning bush and to Israelites as thunder, a pillar of cloud, a pillar of fire, and in the form of angels. In Ezekiel’s prophetic vision of God’s throne, He is described as having the appearance of a man (Ezekiel 1:26).
In Genesis 1:26, it is written, “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'”
God created man (Adam and Eve) in “God’s image,” but this does not mean that God is like a human being with bones and flesh. His image and likeness mean that man resembles God the Father in His authority and power to govern the creations, with intellect to decide, emotions to feel, and morality to distinguish what is right and wrong. Man can enjoy fellowship with the Father as in a parent-child relationship.
What Is The Size And Weight Of God?
As God is Spirit, the concept of size and weight is not typically associated with God. However, the scriptures do describe God to convey a sense of power and might. For example, in Isaiah 40:12, it is written, “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?”
In the Bible, God is described as three distinct persons—God the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Both God and the Spirit are without form. In terms of size and weight, there is no explicit description mentioned, but there are many prophetic visions that reveal how majestic and glorious He is.
- Prophet Daniel describes God whose figure is like that of a man (Ezekiel 1:26). He also wrote that he saw “from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire, and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him” (Ezekiel 1:27–28).
- Prophet Daniel had the vision of thrones where this “Ancient One” or “Ancient of Days” sat down to judge. His clothing was as white as snow, his hair like the purest wool. He sat on a fiery throne with wheels of blazing fire, and a river of fire was pouring out, flowing from his presence. Thousands of angels were serving Him (Daniel 7:9–10).
- Prophet John describes God’s appearance as one like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire. His feet were like fine brass as if refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of water.
- He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength (Revelations 1:13–16). God’s face was beyond comprehension.
How Tall Is God?
As previously mentioned, the concept of the physical height of God is not explicitly stated in Bible. Although to some, this is a silly question to ask, it is nonetheless worthy of discussion, especially for more curious kids. It allows us to discuss and clarify the true nature of God.
Acts 7:49 reads, “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or where will my place of repose be?” This passage indicates the superlative attribute or characteristic of God. We cannot confine God in a physical temple, by any of His creations, or by space and time. He is infinite, eternal, and almighty.
The physical attributes of God have been a subject of contemplation and debate for centuries. While the Bible describes God as being all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent, glorious, mighty, and invisible, there is no explicit mention of His physical height or weight. God is considered a spirit that transcends the physical world and exists beyond the limitations of time and space.
The Bible only describes God using tangible attributes to convey a sense of power and might, such as in Isaiah 40:12, but these are not meant to be taken literally. However, in prophetic visions, God is often described as majestic and glorious, with an appearance like that of a man, surrounded by brilliant light and fire.