Re: Are We Required To Be Holy?
1 Peter 1:15-16
But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct. Since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."
For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.
Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love.
The word "holy", "holiness", "saint", and "sanctify" comes from a Greek root meaning to set apart to God.
Holy or holiness carries a strong connotation of moral purity, however moral purity is not what scripture is talking about. The most basic meaning of the word is to be "set apart" or "dedicated" to God, to "belong" to God. Biblical holiness, from the new testament, describes a unique relationship that God has established and desires with his people. This relationship has moral ramifications, but it precedes moral behavior. Before we are ever called to be good, we are called to be holy.
If we fail to understand the biblical meaning "holy" as it relates to our relationship with God, we fall into the trap of reducing holiness to mere morality.
There are many verses in scripture that command us to be holy.
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Holiness only results with a right relationship with God by believing in Jesus Christ as our savior.
Holiness is the will of God for our lives.
This is the way I have come to understand "Holy". And yes, I believe man was created to be holy.
Please study and discern for yourself.
May God be with you in your studies.