What is the meaning of
holy from a christian viewpoint.
I observed, that the term is used for
- the gods, especially the Holy God (Father) and Holy Ghost
- persons, like holy apostles, holy St. Florian
- buildings like churches
- organisations (the holy church)
- relic and fetishes like Holy Coat of Trier
- cities like the holy city Rome or Jerusalem
Since holiness is nothing which can be identified with a scientific instrument, what is it? Is it just an attribute, awarded by a higher priest, which you then believe in? But what is it? Do have to believe, that it can - for example - have healing effects? Does it just mean, you have to threat something with extra respect?
update: This is what I found in a dictionary:
Heilig, von Heil, also soviel wie in seiner Vollkommenheit nicht nur noch unverletzt, sondern auch unverletzlich, unantastbar, dann soviel wie schlechthin gut, sittlich vollkommen, makellos. Seine Wurzeln hat dieser Begriff teils im römischen Kultus, wo er das dem gemeinen Gebrauch Entzogene, höhern Zwecken Gewidmete (sacer, sanctus), teils im Alttestamentlichen, wo der Ausdruck (kadosch), von Gott ausgesagt, dessen Unterschiedenheit von allem Irdischen, seine Unvergleichlichkeit und Erhabenheit, von Irdischem ausgesagt, dessen Zugehörigkeit zu Gott, Gottgeweihtheit bedeutet. Vgl. Baudissin, Studien zur Religionsgeschichte, Bd. 2 (Leipz. 1878); Issel, Der Begriff der Heiligkeit im Neuen Testament (Leiden 1887).
So for those of you, who don't speak german, I try a translation:
Holy, from 'intact, complete' not only undamaged, but invulnerable, untouchable, but also completely good, ethical and moral perfect. The roots of the term reach to the Roman cult, where it means
taken away from common usage, used for higher purpose (sacer, sanctus), partly in the Old Testament, where the Term (kadosch), spoken from God, his difference from anything terrestrial, his uncomparabliness and loftiness means, and means
belonging to God or antlared (? maybe not. -else: holiness, which is tautological. - remark by me, u.u.). Vgl. Baudissin, Studien zur Religionsgeschichte, Bd. 2 (Leipz. 1878); Issel, Der Begriff der Heiligkeit im Neuen Testament (Leiden 1887).
Maybe we can agree, that a building can't be morally good. Or bones, or cities, or weekdays.
Isn't it fetishism, to pray to dead objects, made by men, to bones without spirit and clothes?
Or is holiness something like bacterias, which spread from God to a Saint, from the Saint to his clothes, from the clothes to a prayer? Is there evidence in the new Testament, that touching such things is helpful, is something you should do?