Holy Whore

Jeff Benner writes:

“When we use the word holy, as in a holy person, we usually associate this with a righteous or pious person. If we use this concept when interpreting the word holy in the Hebrew Bible then we are misreading the text as this is not the meaning of the Hebrew word qadosh. Qadosh literally means “to be set apart for a special purpose”. A related word, qedesh, is one who is also set apart for a special purpose but not in the same way we think of “holy” but is a male prostitute (Deut 23:17). Israel was qadosh because they were separated from the other nations as servants of God. The furnishings in the tabernacle were qadosh as they were not to be used for anything except for the work in the tabernacle. While we may not think of ourselves as “holy” we are in fact set apart from the world to be God’s servants and representatives” (Ancient Hebrew meanings by Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/27_holy.html).

So, holiness in a Christian means living in the world but not of the world; part of the world but set apart from the world (system). “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou should take them out of the world, but that thou should keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:14-16).

And the relationship between the Christian and God? The Christian is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and so is never apart from God. But also never a part of God. The Bible’s main focus is on who God is; on the God who is (YAHWEH). Although the scriptures are mainly about God, they totally FOR you; for all – without exception, For their salvation or their damnation.

When you think the Gospel is the raw material God is using to write a Gospel about you, you are apart from God. A whore (qedesh – qadesha). “You shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel” (Deuteronomy 23:17).

Related: “Stop awhoring with the enemies of Christ unless God wants you to.” https://onedaringjew.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/stop-awhoring-with-the-enemies-of-christ-unless-god-wants-you-to/

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