Holy Spirit - False Views

  • BIBLE (CORRECT):  The Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Trinity which is comprised of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (sometimes called the Holy Ghost).  The Holy Spirit is not a force but is, theologically, called a person.  See Trinity.
  • CS:  The Holy Spirit is Divine Science as revealed in Christian Science, (S&H 331). 
    • "His students then received the Holy Ghost. By this is meant, that by all they had witnessed and suffered, they were roused to an enlarged understanding of divine Science," (S&H 46).
    • “HOLY GHOST. Divine Science; the development of eternal Life, Truth, and Love,” (S&H 588, caps original).
  • ISLAM:  The spirit is a creation of Allah.  It is used by Allah to give us life (Surah 32:9; 38:72), strength (Surah 5:110), and guidance (Surah 40:15).  But this “Spirit” is not alive.  It is not a person in the sense that biblical trinitarianism teaches.
  • JW:  The Holy Spirit is a force, not alive.  “ . . . it is logical to conclude that the holy spirit is the active force of God. It is not a person but is a powerful force that God causes to emanate from himself to accomplish his holy will,” (Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1989, p. 381).
  • LDS:  The Holy Spirit is separate from the Holy Ghost.  The Holy Ghost is a 3rd personage in the Godhead or three separate gods.  The Holy Spirit is the presence of God. 
    • “The Holy Spirit: But according to the Book of Mormon, as well as other Scripture, there is also a Holy Spirit, sometimes called the Holy Ghost, which is not a person, but rather a divine essence, a force, or fluid—for want of a better term—which permeates all that exists,” (John A. Widtsoe and Franklin S. Harris, Jr., Seven Claims of the Book of Mormon, pp.157-158).
  • RC:  Same as biblical position of the Holy Spirit.
About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.