If the holy, morally perfect God were to become incarnate as a human being, one would reasonably expect that he would live a good and righteous life. There are solid reasons to think that Jesus Christ did fit this description. That Jesus Christ lived such a perfect life is the consistent testimony of the New Testament.
…In the New Testament, a surprising variety of sources refer to Jesus as “the Holy One of God” . An example is the affirmation of Peter: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. (John 6:68, 69)
It may seem easy for skeptics to dismiss this statement attributed to Peter during Jesus public ministry as a later fiction originating in the early church or invented by the gospel writer, but that is unlikely. The early church used a variety of titles for Jesus—Messiah or Christ, Son of God, Lord, and so on—but rarely used the title “the Holy One”. For example, this title never appears in the epistles of Paul, Peter, James, or the book of Hebrews.
Although it might not seem too surprising that Peter would refer to Jesus as the Holy One, Mark and Luke both record an incident in which “an unclean spirit,” that is, a demon, identified Jesus with the same title:
Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” –Mark 1:23, 24 (cf. Luke 4:33, 34)
Whereas the demon was an “unclean” spirit, it recognized Jesus as the very opposite, “the Holy One of God”—and the demon didn’t like Jesus! Evidently Jesus radiated a holiness, a purity, to which the demons were sensitive and against which they reacted with anger or fear.
–-Josh (and his son, Sean) McDowell, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, pp. 341-342
Gary: Good grief. Using the Bible to confirm the veracity of the Bible is bad enough, but using a “demon” in the Bible to confirm the veracity of the Bible is just preposterous. Don’t the McDowells know anything about the logical fallacy of “circular arguments”? How silly.
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