Holy Spirit: Fact or Fiction
Of all the things we have discussed so far in our podcasts, the Holy Spirit is probably the most confusing and misunderstood for me. There isn’t a single article that I’ve read or conversation about the Spirit that makes it any less perplexing. Who is the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do? Why does God use the Holy Spirit as a means of getting things done?
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The trinity consists of God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is three persons. The Holy Spirit is supposedly a person, yet not really a person like Jesus, without a physical body, but apparently has a mind, emotions, and a will. Why is the Holy Spirit referred to as a person when the very word “spirit” is in the name itself? I have no idea who the Holy Spirit is...
What is the Holy Spirit?
The problem with asking someone to believe in the Holy Spirit stems from a worldview that has been shaped by literature, television, and movies. We watch movies and tv shows about malevolent spirits that drag us out of our beds, torture us, taunt us, possess us, or whatever they do. However, the Holy Spirit, once someone becomes a believer, lives inside of them and leads them to do things. I am supposed to believe that it’s not a spirit, it's a person that lives inside of us? I am not convinced that the Holy Spirit isn’t some weird force. I would call it courage, intuition, or possibly even the results of adrenaline. But Christian’s use the Holy Spirit as a way to prove that God exists because the Spirit allows them to do things that they otherwise wouldn't do.
Why is there a Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is supposed to encourage, comfort, prompt, lead, counsel, guide etc. Why does God use the Holy Spirit as a means to do these things? Jesus died, was resurrected, and went to Heaven. Then what? God sent the Spirit (of Jesus?) to reassure everyone that God is still here? The holy spirit is almost a helper of sorts. But why does God need a helper when God can do all things all by himself? Maybe God can't do all things by himself, which is why there is Jesus and the Holy Spirit? This would then diminish the greatness of God because God isn't all powerful and needs help, so Christians came up with this whole trinity thing where God is really three-in-one, elevating him to God status.
The Spirit is a made up concept that takes the place of our ability to do things by ourselves without help. Oh, you studied really hard for that test and aced it? Too bad it was the Holy Spirit working inside of you helping you get that A just so God can get the credit.
I just don't buy it.