Is the (pneuma / ruach) HOLY SPIRIT a Person or Force?

*** Is The HOLY SPIRIT (pneuma / ruacha Person or a Force? ***

Scripture says "Person" ~ The WT says "Force"
(I researched, & agree with, Scripture.)

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    RESEARCH about: " THE > SPIRIT -- THE > HOLY (ONE) "
    Is "The Holy Spirit" a FORCE, or a Sentient BEING -- or BOTH ?

    The Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society's view on "The Holy Spirit"
    deviates dramatically from the over-whelming majority of Bible-believing Christians, scholars, & researchers.
    WT dictionaries contain the following very brazen & shocking statement that summarizes their view
    & executes THE SPIRIT THE HOLY ONE !!!.

    " The Scriptures themselves unite to show that
    God's HOLY SPIRIT is NOT a
    PERSON
    but is God's active FORCE

    by which he accomplishes his purpose and executes his will
    ."

    Insight p.1019, & Aid p.1543 ~ INSIGHT On The Scriptures (1988) is the updated version of AID To Bible Understanding (1971)

    WOW !!! ~ IF The Holy Spirit is just a force, then I (& any truth-seeker)
    would be compelled by intellectual honesty & integrity, to abandon belief in the Trinity & become a JW !!!
    An honest, careful, thorough comparison of WT opinion with Scriptural evidence, shows there is no need to accept WT conclusions.

    I don't view my work as a THEOLOGICAL DEBATE. There's no prize for the winner.
    This research is to help JWs think about their eternal destiny -- it's about you & God, not about me.
    If WT teaching is wrong, you are picking a fight with the most AWESOME BEING in the universe!
    The Holy Spirit has emotion (intellect & will) & can be INSULTED & OUTRAGED !!!
    Heb.10:26-31 warns:
    For if we practice sin willfully {or stubbornly, or mindlessly, or blindly, or foolishly} after having received the accurate knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins left, 27 but [there is] a certain fearful expectation of judgment & [there is] a fiery jealousy that is going to consume those in opposition. 28 Any man that has disregarded the law of Moses dies without compassion, upon the testimony of two or three. 29 Of how much more severe a punishment, do YOU think, will the man be counted worthy who has trampled upon the Son of God & who has esteemed as of ordinary value the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, & who has OUTRAGED THE SPIRIT of undeserved kindness with contempt? 30 For we know him that said: "Vengeance is mine; I will recompense"; & again: "Jehovah will judge his people." 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of [the] living God.
    According to WT opinion:
  • only God the Father is Jehovah
  • The (Paraclete) Holy Spirit = God's Active Force
  • Jesus is a sub-God (a.k.a Michael the archangel).
  • According to Scripture:
  • Jesus is our Paraclete (Lawyer / Advocate) ~ 1Jn.2:1
  • The Holy Spirit is also our Paraclete ~ Jn.14:16,26; 15:26; 16:27

  • (Greek allos = another of the same kind -- not different-kind-heteros).

    Therefore:
  • God The Father -- as the Active Force PARACLETE -- is same as Jesus, & must be demoted to the archangel level.


  • Or, God The (Paraclete) Son must be elevated to equality with God The Father.
  • And God The Spirit -- as same as Jesus PARACLETE -- must be promoted to equal Personhood & Godhood !!!
  • In other words, The Trinity is alive & well.
    Like the atheist who doesn't believe in God, JWs are in for a shock when they meet THE SPIRIT THE HOLY Paraclete-Lawyer-Advocate.

    Because of deliberate, consistent, repeated, systematic emphasis, programming & reinforcement
    (a.k.a. re-education, conditioning, mind control, thought reform, brain washing),
    JWs automatically equate & substitute the Bible expression
    "The Holy Spirit" with the WT's phrase "Active Force",
    e
    ven though
    the "Active Force" phrase is a MISTRANSLATION & found only ONCE in their own Bible!!! See the NWT at Gen.1:2.

    Click here for more detail, & the WT's 28 Meanings / Senses / Interpretation-opinions for "ruach" & "pneuma" ( spirit ).


    SCRIPTURE distinguishes between:
  • The Awesome PERSON & the awesome POWER of The Holy Spirit (throughout Scripture)

  • The GIVER & the GIFT -- in Acts 2:4 for example:
    "...they all became filled with HOLY SPIRIT & started to speak with different tongues,
    just as
    THE SPIRIT
    was GRANTING them to make utterance".
    So obviously "pneuma" is not POWER-only or PERSON-only.
    The truth is that HE is an Awesome PERSON
    AND demonstrates HIS Awesome POWER.

  •  

    WT Basis for "FORCE" Concept

    My Response

     

    Scripture Basis for "PERSON" Concept

    A Absent Greek Definite Article 'the' Fact, BUT... A1 Comparison Chart: - DEMON pneuma (spirit)
    A2 Demon-Pneuma-Spirits are Sentient Beings
    A3 ABSENT Greek 'the' = Awesome POWER
    A4 PRESENT Greek 'the' = Awesome PERSON
    B Pneuma = Neuter Gender noun Fact, BUT... B1 Greek Nouns & Pronouns prove Awesome Person
    C holy spirit Associated with Impersonal Things Fact, BUT... C1 EMOTION = Personality
    C2 INTELLECT = Personality
    C3 WILL = Personality
    D The Holy Spirit has NO Personal Voice F A L S E D1 SPEAKS DIRECTLY & via Humans & Scripture
    E The Holy Spirit has NO Personal Name Unknown,
    but so what?
    E1 Names / Titles of The Holy Spirit
    E2 Testimony of Jesus (GOD-THE-WORD)
    F A 'Person' only because of Personification WT's FAULTY
    conclusion CONTRADICTS
    a host of
    "inconvenient" Scriptures
    F1 Testimony of the Whole NT
    F2 Comparison Chart: - PARACLETE (Advocate)
    F3 Awesome Scriptural Warnings
    F4 Greek Facts / Scholarship
    F5 Does the WT Misquote Scholars ?
    F6 Convincing Evidence (& "Michael")
    Click here for Kingdom Interlinear ~ Definite Article chart to see the various spellings of the neuter gender "the".

    Click here to Search a Greek Interlinear NT
    (Good info in "Tips".)
    Under "Online Bible Search" enter "spirit" beside "Search For ".
    Under "Version(s) " scroll down to "Greek Texts" & click on the next entry.
    Go back to "Search For:" box & click "Search:".

    You will be able to see (in the Greek text) when the definite article "the" is Absent (A3) or Present (A4) before or after "pneuma".
    For verses with TWO definite articles see Acts 1:16; 5:3,32; 7:51; 13:2; 20:23,28; 21:11; Heb.3:7; 9:8.
    (For more verses with double articles, click A1 above & see box 5 in all 3 columns.)

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    The Anchor Bible, & Muhammad as "The Paraclete"

    The bottom of this site (www.mostmerciful.com/paraclete.htm) presents "Muhammad" as "The Paraclete".  "6.  The history of religions and faiths have recorded none other beside Muhammad - the prophet of Islam, as an accredited emissary and envoy of God...."

    Basis for Author's Conclusion
    (
    edited from his April 21/04 email response to me)
    Rebuttal Comments
    Jn.16:8-15 presents EVERYTHING in the future tense. Even "tomorrow" is a future event. Future tense of itself doesn't predict who or when. So, after the major events of Jesus' death, burial, & resurrection, Jesus sent The Holy Spirit as the promised "paraclete" as per Jn.14:16,17,26; 15:26; 16:13.
    The Greek text reads:
    "eis ton aiona" which means into the eon...
    indicating after a long period he will come.
    Actually, "eis ton aiona" doesn't mean "after a long period" -- but rather "entering & continuing into the eon". Thayer's Lexicon states: "II of Time; 1. it denotes entrance into a period which is penetrated, as it were, i.e. duration through a time" (p.183).
    Muhammad was born in 570 A.D. & died at age 62 of poor health in Medina. According to 2Pet.3:8a, his birth was just over half a day from the Jn.16:7-15 prophecy (because 1,000 years is just a day on God's calendar). Conversely, if a day is 1,000 years (2Pet.3:8b) then the 3 days for Jesus death, burial, & resurrection equals 3,000 years "indicating after a long period HE (The Holy Spirit of Mt.28:19) will come".
    Jn.16:8-15 presents EVERYTHING in Masculine Singular Pronoun
    (i.e. he will teach, he will speak, he will guide, he will hear,
    he will glorify, he will declare).
    It is true that "pneuma" is a neuter word in Greek grammar, but that's infinitely irrelevant seeing that the Father is also a neuter gender Spirit (Jn.4:24).
    See above chart (e.g.
    Greek Nouns & Pronouns) for more information.
    The Holy Spirit was already present during and before the birth of Jesus
    so it makes no sense for Jesus asking Father to give something
    that was already present.
    Jesus said: "The Spirit was NOT yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified" (Jn.7:39).
    Akbar says that The Spirit was "already present".
    Human reasoning is a very poor substitute for Divine revelation.
    (Also see Jn.14:16,17,26; 15:26; 16:13.)
    Author: Akbarally Meherally
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