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What is holy or Holy?

Dear folks,

Obviously, there is a big difference in their alphabetical distinction. And to those articulate to pronounce the word “holy” and “Holy”, listeners will recognize it that “holy” is unemphasized while “Holy” is emphasized.

Atheists and those who don’t acknowledge the value of the works of the well-known lexicographers, Johnson and N. Webster don’t even accept the connotation or even the denotation of the word “holy”. First and foremost, why should we discuss the word “holy”? Let us consult webster first before we go to the Ancients.

(worthy of worship or respect because) associated with God, Jesus, a saint etc; sacred
Example: the Holy Bible; holy ground
good; pure; following the rules of religion
Example: a holy life
Remember that we couldn’t judge those lexicographers above as either biblically illiterate or nonsense. We just conform to the correct usage of this word “holy” as applied by “holy” people of the past, that is, those who lived a good or pure life in relation to the rules of their religions, as we could affix this term defined above based on http://www.reference.com .
Now, as I am a bible reader and a christian, a member of the Church of God, therefore I will consult another scholar in the name of Mr. Strong from http://www.eliyah.com/lexicon.html :
2623 chaciyd khaw-seed’ from 2616; properly, kind, i.e. (religiously) pious (a saint):–godly (man), good, holy (one), merciful, saint, (un- )godly.

2616 chacad khaw-sad’ a primitive root; properly, perhaps to bow (the neck only (Compare 2603) in courtesy to an equal), i.e. to be kind; also (by euphem. (compare l288), but rarely) to reprove:–shew self merciful, put to shame.

So, hebraically speaking, holy men are saints – good and are practicing the pure religion as James 1:27 stated it.

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

In the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament, we could read this:

Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

And that refers to literal ground which in Greek “holy” is a cognate or in relevance to:

39. hagion hag’-ee-on neuter of 40; a sacred thing (i.e. spot):–holiest (of all), holy place, sanctuary.

37. hagiazo hag-ee-ad’-zo from 40; to make holy, i.e. (ceremonially) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate:–hallow, be holy, sanctify.

If you ponder # 37 above you will conclude that JAMES 1:27 REFERS TO A SANCTIFIED RELIGION:

1. To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,


2. to keep himself unspotted from the world.

AS I LEARNED FROM BROTHER ELI SORIANO, these two make  the “religion” pure or good or holy, if you use the definition of http://translation.reference.com

How about its usage in the New Testament?

holy covenant – hence, there is an unholy covenant , a covenant which can’t purify men or which will make them evil.

holy commandment – again, there is also an unholy commandment or the commandments of men who are not of God.

holy prophets – again, there were and are now false prophets.

holy conversation – there is unholy also.

holy faith – there is baseless faith, a faith without good works or the opposit of James 1:27

holy city – of course read the previous article on “666, The Number of the Beast.”

holy angels – of course, there were angels of satan or the rebellious angels.

holy apostles – there were pretending apostles.

holy Jerusalem – have you known the “jerusalem” in the Philippines, in Davao City?

HOW ABOUT THE word “Holy”?

Psalms 111:9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

Holy and Reverend is He who sent redemption unto His people.

Catholically speaking, “Holy” meant worthy of worship or respect because associated with God, Jesus, a saint etc; sacred. Remember, in the Bible saints were not worshipped, even that angel whom St. John the Revelator met forbade him to worship. I used the word “catholically ” in the sense that the definition is used generally, but I and my brethren the christians narrowed down the meaning to “God, the One we are worshipping,” as used in the above-cited verse.

Holy \Ho"ly\, a. [Compar. Holier; superl. Holiest.] [OE.
   holi, hali, AS. h[=a]lig, fr. h[ae]l health, salvation,
   happiness, fr. h[=a]l whole, well; akin to OS. h?lag, D. & G.
   heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

That 1913 definition gave us three meanings:

1. Health which pertains to healing;
2. Salvation which pertains to saving or safety; and
3. Happiness.