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Holy is a term used to describe something or someone of religious value or meaning, regarded as sacred and set apart from common secular use for respect and veneration, and even for the purpose of mystical inspiration. The quality and character of being holy is called holiness.

Bible references to holiness

The reality of holiness is found in the Bible doctrine that there are and have been holy people and blameless who have been preserved in holiness:

Old Testament

Exodus 19:6; 22:31
Leviticus 6:18, 27; 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7, 26; 21:6-8
Numbers 6:5, 8; 16:3, 5, 7
Deuteronomy 7:6; 14:2, 21; 26:19; 28:9
2 Kings 4:9
2 Chronicles 31:18
Ezra 8:28; 9:2
Psalms 18:25-26; 29:2; 31:23; 86:2 (KJV); 89:19 (KJV); 96:9; 97:10
Proverbs 2:8
Isaiah 6:13; 62:12; 63:18
Jeremiah 2:3
Obadiah 17
Zechariah 14:20-21
Malachi 1:11

New Testament

Matthew 5:8
Mark 6:20
Luke 1:6, 70
Acts 3:21; 10:15
Romans 8:29-30; 12:1
1 Corinthians 3:17; 7:14, 34
Ephesians 1:4; 3:5
Colossians 1:22; 3:12
1 Thessalonians 5:23, 26-27
1 Timothy 2:8
Titus 1:8
Hebrews 3:1
1 Peter 1:15-16, 22; 2:4-5, 9; 3:5
2 Peter 1:21; 3:2
Revelation 18:20; 20:6; 22:6, 11

"Holy Mary, Mother of God"

The Incarnation of God

On the basis of these texts and the doctrine of the Ecumenical councils that Jesus is God the Son and remains God Incarnate from the moment of his conception in the womb of Mary his true mother, the Person of Jesus is by that fact according to nature henceforth and always her own Son. He who exists before her and created her, by entering her womb and becoming incarnate (John 1:14), causes her to be ipso facto "by that fact" His own mother. This is a unique privilege bestowed on no other human being.

Christian doctrine: Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Protestant

On the basis of these texts and the doctrine of the Ecumenical councils, Orthodox, Catholics, Anglicans and Lutherans say without hesitation, "Holy Mary mother of God". The Protestant Reformers, Luther, Calvin and Zwingli did not hesitate to use such language in speaking of Mary the mother of Jesus.


Fundamentalists firmly proclaim that God alone is holy. No one else and nothing else is or can be holy but God alone. Regarding anything or anyone else as holy is idolatry. The Bible is holy because it is the Word of God.

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