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Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:33:29 pm »
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Basically, holy water was tested to contain some nasty stuff. Be careful people.
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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 02:12:02 am »
Alright, I am assuming they ran EPA 9221 on this then did a Heterotrophic Plate Count to get those number. Yeah, I mean what did you expect considering how many people touch holy water.

*on a side note, if the coliform tests come out negative it could mean it's safe to drink. Or it could also mean there is too much chlorine. Generally speaking if you sample the water you should also take a residual and total chlorine test before taking the sample, and then when you do take the sample you need to add sodium thiosulfate to eliminate the possibility of a false negative.
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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2013, 02:41:35 pm »
I'm not much of the church-going type (not at all, actually), so... why would somebody want to drink holy water anyway?  Is there some sort of ritual that requires it?

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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 03:06:42 pm »
Gargle it after forced fellatio on the priest?
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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2013, 03:15:06 pm »
It depends on your denomination.  There's your Baptists who insist people have to be immersed completely, but no one will encourage you to take a mouthful.  Wait a minute, there was this scandal about a Catholic Church in Mumbai that was collecting sewer water as "miraculous" because it was dripping out of the feet of a statue of Jesus.

Anyway, I don't think that there are any rituals that involve imbibing holy water, but it's still an awesome vector for spreading disease even if you're not drinking it.  And for the record, that was the best link I could find.  I feel dirty suggesting a link from rd.net. :-\
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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2013, 03:16:56 pm »
Baptists don't believe in holy water.  It's basically a Catholic/Episcopalian thing.
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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2013, 03:27:48 pm »
I found that curious until I realized that they don't bless the water, they just use it for dunking their new recruits.
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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2013, 04:19:04 pm »
Yep.

In fact they find the concept of holy water to be heretical.

...In fact they find any form of Christian "mysticism" to be heretical.  Which is strange because the Bible is full of humans able to do mystical things because of God's will.
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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2013, 04:32:35 pm »
The bible also says that any mystics or prophets with "powers" that appear after the birth of Jesus are false prophets.
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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2013, 04:38:30 pm »
The bible also says that any mystics or prophets with "powers" that appear after the birth of Jesus are false prophets.

Does it?

Dang, I guess Paul, Peter, and the like are false prophets :P
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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2013, 04:42:57 pm »
It might have been after his death and resurrectuin then. My memory is a bit hazy.

Besides, the bible says a lot of things.
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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2013, 04:48:43 pm »
It might have been after his death and resurrectuin then. My memory is a bit hazy.

Besides, the bible says a lot of things.

Indeed it does.
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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2013, 06:04:10 pm »
I'm not much of the church-going type (not at all, actually), so... why would somebody want to drink holy water anyway?  Is there some sort of ritual that requires it?

Apparently there's a ritual to test whether a woman has committed adultery that involves her drinking holy water. If she becomes barren then she is guilty, if she's able to have children then she is innocent.

Though I don't think it's practised much, nowadays.
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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2013, 06:30:34 pm »
Sounds like something mostly done back in the powdered wig days.

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Re: Holy Water Harmful to Health?
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2013, 05:55:48 pm »
A few years ago, my wife and I were vacationing in Rome and we went to the Vatican just to go there and see it.  When we went into Saint Peters Cathedral, we noticed people going over to a basin mounted about 5-1/2 feet up on the wall, reaching up and dipping their hand into, and crossing themselves.  Some were even putting it on their baby's foreheads.  My wife went over so I could take a photo of her beside it and after I took it, she looked into the basin and a look of horror came over her face.  So I went over a looked in and it was filthy.  There was a visible layer of scum on it from where people with hand creams and lotions had been dipping there hands into it.  There was a slight ring of crud around the basin at water level.  It did not look healthy at all.   This is what I thought of as soon as I saw the title of this thread.
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