I’m trying to get back on track today because lately, I think, I’ve been getting a little sidetracked. This is supposed to a site which tells you what Christians believe, but I seem to spend half my time wrestling with my own philosophical problems.
But no more. As from today … ruthless efficiency!
So, let’s look at what Christians believe about the Holy Spirit. Firstly, they regard him as a person. Or should I say: they regard Him as a Person. That’s because they say He’s one of the Trinity, but try asking a Christian to describe the Holy Spirit and they’ll probably run a mile. To them He’s a very mysterious Person indeed. Even my tame Christian, Matt, does all he can to avoid giving a straight answer!
Here’s what the Nicene Creed – the Christian’s Official Statement of Faith – has to say about the Holy Spirit:
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
So (1) he is Lord; (2) he gives life; (3) he proceeds from the Father and the Son; (4) he is worshipped as God; (6) he spoke through the prophets.
He gives life. Does this mean that it’s the Holy Spirit who gives life to all us human beings? And cats and dogs? To worms? Even viruses? I think I need to talk to Matt about this.
Proceeding from the Father and the Son. No, I don’t understand that. Please let me know if you do.
Speaking through the prophets. Now that’s something which I can understand because the Quran says just the same:
“And verily We gave unto Moses the Scripture and We caused a train of messengers to follow after him, and We gave unto Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs (of Allah’s sovereignty), and We supported him with the Holy Spirit.”
— Qur’an, sura 2 (Al-Baqara), ayat 87
“Of those messengers, some of them We have caused to excel others, and there are some unto whom Allah spake, while some of them He has exalted in degree; and We gave Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs (of Allah’s sovereignty) and We supported him with the Holy Spirit.”
— Qur’an, sura 2 (Al-Baqara), ayat 253
So Moses, and the prophets who followed him, and Jesus were inspired by the Holy Spirit when they gave us Allah’s message.