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What Does the Term 'Sacred' Mean?
Is it the same as 'holy'?
To many Christians the terms sacred and holy are interchangeable; they can both be used in the same context, to mean exactly the same thing.
The term is used to refer to God, his laws, and anything that is connected to worship of him. God is seen as someone who should be viewed with awe and respect, worthy of worship. This is the meaning of the term sacred in Christianity.
These are examples of things Christians believe to be sacred, you can click on them to find out more:
- The Bible
- Artefacts, such as a cross
- Ideas and views
- Relics, such as the Shroud of Turin
- Sacred prayers and worship songs
- Places of pilgrimage and retreat
- Rosary beads
They are all seen as sacred and holy because they are connected to God.