Holy Spirit--False Views

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  • 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.