The ancient question, “How tall is God?” has been debated since the dawn of time, but despite the many theories and interpretations from a range of religious traditions, nobody can truly answer the question definitively. It is no surprise that a spiritual being is impossible to measure with conventional tools, but scientists and theologians have nevertheless made attempts to resolve the mystery of divine height. Here, we take a look at the various ways in which God’s stature has been explored over the centuries.
Mosaic Wall Inlays in Synagogues
The traditional Jewish interpretation of God’s height is described in the Talmud and is based on a Mosaic wall inlay in various ancient synagogues. This wall inlay featured God up in the sky, with several angels surrounding Him on all sides. God was depicted from the waist up, with His hands outstretched, though no specific dimensions were given. However, according to the Talmud, God was estimated to reach up to “an unimaginable height,” signifying His holiness and divine omniscience.
The Bible also provides us with some clues as to how tall God might be. For instance, in Isaiah chapter 40, verses 12 and 13, it is written: “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket and weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?” By comparison, the size of the Creator can be seen as being larger than a man’s reach, since no one has been capable of such feats.
Questions of Scale
In recent years, theologians have delved further into the notion of God’s size by examining the scale of the universe. The universe is so large that it cannot be measured accurately. However, some scientists have suggested that if the universe were to be scaled down to the size of an atom, then God could be seen at a height of 500 feet (152 meters). Of course, this is purely speculation and is not backed up by any scriptural or scientific evidence.
Ultimately, the answer to this eternal question cannot be determined with sheer physical measurements. Everyone must draw their own conclusions as to God’s stature, depending on the religious beliefs that they choose to adhere to. To those of faith, it is often accepted that God’s immensity is simply too great for us to comprehend. It is this vastness which lies at the heart of the divine mystery.