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THE SELLING OF HOLY WATER AND ANNOITED OIL

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2014-03-25 09:25:47


THE SELLING OF “HOLY WATER” & “ANNOITED OIL.”

Stranger:

Sorry, I saw your question late yesterday. First, I do not believe any good Christian will offer holy water or anointed oil for sale. Second, there is no Biblical precedence in the Bible about the selling of “Holy Water,” or “Anointed Oil.” The application of substances, such as water, oil, or clay as used by Jesus, symbolizes the presence of God or Holy Spirit, or the setting apart of those substances for the service of God. Sometimes, people ask me why Jesus used clay and spit to heal someone sightless eyes? The answer is that Jesus used varied methods in His healing ministries. Sometimes he used just the spoken words, sometimes just mere touching, sometimes used clay. Jesus varied his methods so they could not be formalized by anyone. In the case of the use of clay, Jesus, the God man used the dust of the earth to create sight for the sightless, just as God used the dust of the earth to create humans. And none of these healings cost a dime to the beneficiaries. Therefore anyone who is in the business of selling Holy water or anointed oil is not doing God’s bidding. Many of these substances have no intrinsic power in of themselves to heal anyone.

Anointing oil just like the holy water symbolized the presence of the Lord’s Spirit to give wholeness to the total person. Prophets (1Kings 19; 16), priests (Exodus 28:41), and kings (1samuel 10:1 were anointed for office in Israel. In the Ancient Near East, all oil used came from the beautiful and plentiful olive tree. The Olive oil has certain curative qualities and is still used in modern medicine. Celsus tells us that it was used to heal fevers, and Josephus said that Herod was given an oil bath in an attempt to cure him from his deadly diseases. In the New Testament, Mark 6:13, and James 5:14 are all concerned with the symbolic significance more than the curative qualities of the substances mentioned. But none of the instances in the Bible was used for commercial purposes. Also, note that the Bible does not prescribe any one formula as a cure-all or panacea.

[This is an authentic posting from SOPHISM (Registered User)]
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