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The Jews have Hebrew. Muslims have Arabic. Hindus have Sanskrit.

For Christians, is there any holy language? Is there any holy language for Christians according to words of Jesus Christ and the apostles (from New Testament)?

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One of the Christian distinctives is precisely this point - there is no holy language! In Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek! (Galatians) – Affable Geek Feb 13 '14 at 21:05

Essentially, no: there is no language specified for religious use in Christianity.

From the early days of the Church, there was variety in religious language. The Western Church primarily spoke Latin (the vernacular) while the Eastern Church spoke Greek (again, the vernacular).

Various churches have languages that have special status, especially for liturgy. For instance, Latin still has a special status in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church; Old Church Slavonic is the liturgical language of the Russian Orthodox Church (among others); Syriac is used by the Maronite Church and the Syriac Orthodox Churches (again, among others). Hebrew and Greek obviously have a special importance as the languages of the Bible.

But none of these languages is as tightly bound to religious identity as Arabic, Hebrew or Sanskrit are to Islam, Judaism and Hinduism respectively.

(If I were to theorise, I would suggest that this is due to the nature of the development of these religions. Whereas those religions developed mainly in one culture, Christianity rapidly spread to and developed in multiple cultures. So it is not bound to one specific culture or language in the same way.)

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I don't know that most of these groups (Islam might be the only exception I can think of) think that the language itself is especially holy. The other groups just have their literature written in a particular language, and so attempt to study it so that they can correctly interpret their sacred texts. – mojo Feb 13 '14 at 13:26
It's not so much that it is considered inherently holy, but that its use has become particularly associated with the practice of a certain religion. – lonesomeday Feb 13 '14 at 16:18
Thanks for your answer – Ragesh D Antony Feb 14 '14 at 9:48

Dogmatically no, there are no a holy language in to do services or to speak in.

There was a called Three-Language heresy, according to which it was said that the Christian has only three languages to use in church: Hebrew (not Aramaic), Greek, and Latin. This "" was based on the words [Luk 23:38 ]:

38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

and [John 19:20 ]:

20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

So some people are having said that since in the is referred to the only three languages, so the can use the only those, even when it send a mission to other non-christian people, the first task is to learn the people to one of the languages, and then preach the .

During the times of enlightment of slavs the condamned the as a heresy, and recognized the slavic alphabeth as holy language, however exactly this heresy has been persistently preached by German missionaries, and after a series of discussions sparked condemnation by the Slavic teachers.

However, we need to say that in arguments of the heresy advocates were non-empty. The point is that human is complex being, and he understands the meanings of words, of speach, in which he used not the only level to communication. So there are high style, low or "trade" style of speach, and of course holy level. And this level of course may be used by a human to the prayer, and if human don't use the style, all his life is undergoing to desacralizations. It is just one of rule. For example, the Solun brother had known this rule, and created the church-slavonic language as an artificial one based on the Macedonian dialect of old-slavic language of that time.

In present time we see the variouse languages which is used as a sacral language of a variuos churches even non-Orthodox, or Catholic.

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Thanks for your answer – Ragesh D Antony Feb 14 '14 at 9:48

The Bible affirms in many places that God loves all nations, tribes, and tongues/languages.

At the very inception of the church at Pentecost, God worked so that people heard the message of Christ in their own languages.

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language. Acts 2:1-6 NASB

In the Book of Revelation, the prophecy is that there will be believers from every language on earth.

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. Revelation 5:9 NASB

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; 10 and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9-10 NASB

Furthermore, the concept of all nations runs throughout the Scriptures like a scarlet thread. Implicit in individual nations is individual languages as well, as God actually created the languages in Genesis 11. To list just a very small fraction of the verses:

Adam: God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it..." Genesis 1:28a NASB

Noah: “As for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.” Genesis 9:7 NASB

Abraham: "...and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." Genesis 12:3b NASB

Great Commission: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations..." Matthew 28:19a NASB

So, no, there is no sacred language in Christianity. The Old Testament is almost entirely Hebrew, yet Jesus likely spoke in Aramaic, and His words were recorded in Greek.

Because of the belief there is no sacred language, but God is the God of all people who speak any language, Bible translation has been a primary investment throughout the world. In fact, it may be that the translation of the Bible into every spoken language could be completed by the end of this century.

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In a way, every language is holy! – curiousdannii Feb 14 '14 at 6:38
Thanks for your answer – Ragesh D Antony Feb 14 '14 at 9:49

Although I am not sure that this is what you are asking, but there is the speaking in tongues which Paul made mention of in 1st Corinthians, and there are these:

Romans 8:26 KJV Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

1st Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

1st Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

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Thanks for your answer – Ragesh D Antony Feb 14 '14 at 9:50

I see good answers so far, but I'll still add mine.

A Holy language to speak to each other? I don't think so. However, the scripture says

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26 KJV

We can talk to God in a language that only He (not even ourselves) understand, possible through the Holy Spirit.

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Thanks for your answer – Ragesh D Antony Feb 14 '14 at 9:50

Just saw this question so its been a while since it was asked, but..

The answer is yes. In fact Christianity alone in all the religions of the world has an Incarnate Word/Speech: Jesus Christ. "Incarnating language" a Person..doesn't even make sense in other world religions because language itself is viewed as a tool of an idealized free will, not as God Himself.

Most people will say no, as in most references, historical treaties, etc.. will say no. But that is based on the assumption that what you are asking even can be parsed into a very narrowly defined "is there one of the languages that came about when God divided human language into the many languages we have now that is the go-to language for "holy communication" with God or each other? That answer would be no.

However, human language as a whole is still one large language that has been confounded, not a bunch of individual languages that each have their own unique qualities that just happen to exist and by implication in its own locality, one is preferred over another. It is because of that that no human language is sufficient to pray to God with or truly communicate with fellow Christians. You can't pray to God in a language He confounded/has profaned.

That means honesty with each other as Christians and prayer to God can only be sent from God for each express purpose at each particular time it is needed...constant communion with God through the Spirit of Jesus Christ/Word of God. Christian speech is Himself a living creature that is God-as-Word as Spirit. It is confusing to non-Christians because those communications can take the form of sound-a-likes to human speech and look-a-likes to written symbols.

One of the things that sets Christianity apart from all other religions is particularly that Jesus Christ IS the Word of God, the Incarnate Word of God.

God said this to us through the Apostle John:

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

The darkness that the light shines through is human language/thought.

Even Christ Jesus specifically said He was what He said:

Darby version: John 8:25 They said therefore to him, Who art thou? And Jesus said to them, Altogether that which I also say to you.

King James Version: John 8:25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

It is the same : He is speaking to them directly telling them He IS what He has said and is saying..

God doesn't "use language", He IS His Word. In all false religion, to include false Christianity, human language in one form or another is held forth as the "language God uses to communicate with men." They have to say that as that view makes human free will at the least seem possible because it implicitly defines all speech as makes all language powerless "enough" to be useful to an idealized free will. That argument usually goes: "If God told us to do something in the Bible/Koran/Buddhist texts, etc, and we really didn't have the power/free will to do it, then that wouldn't be fair, and we know God is fair, therefore we have free will." It is a subtle side-step that assumes that a language that has the same qualities of human language, ---which cannot create anything-- is the only language in total reality. But you will notice, that definition of language denies the Incarnation of the Word of God and even that language is a living creature and can be Incarnated at all, a fundamental Christian tenet.

You can get into false Christianity and it sounds almost exactly the same, but without the power because it is in human language. God's Word creates what He Says: Genesis 1: "And God said let there be light and there was light"..etc. God IS Creating Speech. Human speech is non-creating speech and human beings who have not heard the Word of God, despite "doing religion" have not been re-created/born again by hearing God/Christ Jesus. Those persons are actually the larger mass of modern Christians.

Part of salvation in Jesus Christ is being saved out of human speech/Anti-Christ and into Word of God/Jesus Christ. Human beings have no idea they are "inside" a language creature. Note that in particular the anti-Christ is called the anti-CHRIST, not anti-love, anti-God, anti-Jesus, etc.. God calls His enemy as speech the anti-Christ (anti-Word-of-God Incarnate). God also says in the Apostle John that in particular, the anti-Christ denies the Incarnation/Becoming Flesh of the Word of God/Jesus Christ...that's for a reason explained above.

2John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

If you don't have a Savior-as-Speech-as-God, then there is room in the logical flow of a powerless speech that you might have free will based on the notion that the definition of language itself as non-living allows that logic. People will be used by anti-christ to say a common sense to each other that is in fact a lie..but it is their best honesty, because they have never heard Christ Jesus and an "Incarnated Speech" as Savior makes no sense to them and serves no utility and would therefore not be investigated in human religion. At that point, they might for regional pride say that one part of human language would be preferred by their god if only to keep them in charge of a false priesthood who the Roman Catholics tried to do with Latin; an "educated class" gets to be in charge of everybody else on the theory that if you make them mad, they won't tell you how to 'get saved', etc..

Long answer, just wanted to make sure you understand that..

Matthew 12:36,37 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

one more thing: the unforgivable to compare Christ as the Word of God with non-creating speech/demonic speech/human speech. If you balk at demonic speech being human is that humans understand demonic stuff to fear it if there is no communication medium both understand?

the only time in the whole Bible God speaks of a unforgivable sin is when the Pharisees compared Jesus Christ's Speech to demonic speech:

Mar 3:22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. Mar 3:23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? Mar 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. Mar 3:25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Mar 3:26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. Mar 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. Mar 3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: Mar 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Mar 3:30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

and Christ had said of Himself and His Word:

Darby version: John 8:25 They said therefore to him, Who art thou? And Jesus said to them, Altogether that which I also say to you.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

peace in Christ,


In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen

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