6 Sep 2006

Some Thoughts about the Holy Spirit

Submitted by Stephen Winters

As I have grown up in “christianity”, and throughout much of my adult life, I have heard much talk about the “Holy Spirit” and the “Trinity”. We are told that the “Spirit” is a person, one of the “three in one” of the Trinity. Is that true?

What does the evidence say. For one, the word “trinity” is not found in the bible any place. Let’s look at the term “spirit”. Look in Galatians 5:…. It says that the “fruit of the spirit” is a “way of life”, not in such petty things as “speaking in tongues”

Let’s examine the attitude of the “believers”. If someone disagrees and says something about the holy spirit that they disagree with, how will they respond? Will they respond with “love, joy, peace…..” (fruit of the spirit) or with “outbursts of anger” or pride “We are right! You are wrong!” To see how … look at their actions and behavior; look at how they live their lives. This will show you if they are true children of the Father above. The lives of true followers will be characterized by; humility, truthfulness (always telling the truth in love), honesty, integrity, love, joy, peace, patience ….. Anyone who speaks religious words, but who is impatient, prideful … is not a mature follower of the Lord our God. Too many religious words are spoken today without understanding, without living the life that is spoken.

We are told that God is beyond our understanding, that his ways are not our ways. We can’t put God in a neat little box that fits within our understanding.

The chinese have a saying “The Tao (god) which can be spoken (explained) of is not the true Tao.” (inserts mine) The Chinese are way ahead of us is that regard. We “Christians” are a proud and arrogant lot, thinking that everyone has to think like us, or they will “burn in hell” (scare tactics).

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