|“||The Holy Spirit is an enigmatic figure. Some said it is a fragment of God's power in the form of a dove. Some said it is the Christian interpretation of divine femininity. The worst things that no angels or saints would give a concrete answer since they seemed to enjoy watching us tear our hair out.||„|
|— Carl Black.|
He is often referred to as the Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Lord, or the Comforter. Many believe that the Holy Spirit could even be God Himself, taking the form of a dove made of pure white light.
The Holy Ghost works in perfect unity with God and Jesus Christ, fulfilling several roles to help the humans live righteously and receive the blessings of the gospel. He “witnesses of the Father and the Son" and reveals and teaches “the truth of all things”. Christians believe that they can receive a sure testimony of God and Jesus only by the power of the Holy Ghost. His communication to their spirit carries far more certainty than any communication they can receive through our natural senses.
All honest seekers of the truth can feel the influence of the Holy Spirit, leading them to Jesus Christ and his gospel. However, the fullness of the blessings given through the Holy Ghost are available only to those who receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and remain worthy.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is different from the influence of the latter. Before baptism, a person can feel the influence of the Holy Spirit from time to time and through that influence can receive a testimony of the truth. After receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, a person has the right to the constant companionship of that member of the Godhead if he or she keeps the commandments.
Being an Avatar of God, existing since the First Day of Creation (some say even before), the Holy Spirit has characteristics inexplicable to human beings, generally being perceived as a powerful omnipresent light crossing the different levels of creation. Similar to God the Father, describe His manifestations as a mighty wind with a powerful voice capable of breaking windows. During 27 or 30 CE, he manifested himself at Christ's baptism as a white dove.
The Holy Spirit is also known as the Comforter. This due to the Holy Ghost acting as the soothing voice of a loving parent which can quiet a crying child, the whispering of the Spirit is said to calm even the deepest fears, hush the nagging worries of one's life, and comfort someone when they grieve. The Holy Spirit can fill one “with hope and perfect love” and “teach the peaceable things of the kingdom”.
Powers and Abilities
Like the other Members of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit was born from the pataphysical interactions between God and Barbelo, which resulted in three deities that were born from the fragments of the Father and Mother of Creation, Jehovah, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. In the book of Genesis it is mentioned that the Holy Spirit was hovering over the waters of chaos on the First Day of creation, which would indicate that the Holy Trinity has existed since the beginning of time or even before.
During the year 6 or 5 BCE, angel Gabriel announced the birth of the Holy Child, Jesus Christ, who would save humanity from the clutches of the Devil. After the annunciation, the Messenger took clay from sacred ground and the Holy Spirit placed His divine light within that earth, generating a seed that was later placed within the Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit through His divine Light. This seed was to develop within Mary's womb and develop into the perfect vessel of God the Son. Finally, in the year 4 BCE, the Enlightened One was born within his vessel, generated by the Holy Spirit and Holy Mary.
Myth and Legends
In Christian theology, pneumatology refers to the study of the Holy Spirit. Due to Christianity's historical relationship with Judaism, theologians often identify the Holy Spirit with the concept of the Ruach Hakodesh in Jewish scripture, in the belief Jesus (who was Jewish) was expanding upon these Jewish concepts. Similar names, and ideas, include the Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God), Ruach YHWH (Spirit of Yahweh), and the Ruach Hakmah (Spirit of Wisdom). In the New Testament it is identified with the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of Truth, the Paraclete and the Holy Spirit.
The New Testament details a close relationship between the Holy Spirit and Jesus during his earthly life and ministry.The Gospels of Matthew and Luke and the Nicene Creed state that Jesus was "conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary". The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove during his baptism, and in his Farewell Discourse after the Last Supper Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples after his departure.
What the Bible generally calls "Spirit of God" is called in the Talmud and Midrash "Holy Spirit" due to the disinclination to the use of the Tetragrammaton. It is probably owing to this fact that the Shekhinah is often referred to instead of the Holy Spirit. It is said of the former, as of the Holy Spirit, that it rests upon a person. The difference between the two in such cases has not yet been determined.
Although the Holy Spirit is often named instead of God, it was conceived as being something distinct. The Spirit was among the ten things that were created on the first day. Though the nature of the Holy Spirit is really nowhere described, the name indicates that it was conceived as a kind of wind that became manifest through noise and light. As early as Ezekiel 3:12 it is stated, "the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing," the expression "behind me" characterizing the unusual nature of the noise. The Shekhinah made a noise before Samson like a bell. When the Holy Spirit was resting upon him, his hair gave forth a sound like a bell, which could be heard from afar. It imbued him with such strength that he could uproot two mountains and rub them together like pebbles, and could cover leagues at one step.
Although the lights which accompanied the noise are not expressly mentioned, the frequently recurring phrase "he beheld (hetzitz be-) the Holy Spirit" suggests that he upon whom the spirit rested saw a light. The Holy Spirit gleamed in the court of Shem, of Samuel, and of King Solomon. It "glimmered" in Tamar (Genesis 38:18), in the sons of Jacob (Genesis 42:11), and in Moses (Exodus 2:12), i.e., it settled upon these individuals. Like everything that comes from heaven, the Holy Spirit is described as being composed of light and fire. When it rested upon Pinchas, his face burned like a torch.
From the day that Joseph was sold the Holy Spirit left Jacob, who saw and heard only indistinctly. When the Temple was destroyed and Israel went into exile, the Holy Spirit returned to heaven; this is indicated in Ecclesiastes 12:7: "the spirit shall return unto God". The spirit talks sometimes with a masculine and sometimes with a feminine voice, as the word ruach is both masculine and feminine, the Holy Spirit was conceived as being sometimes a man and sometimes a woman.
The phrase rūḥ al-qudus, commonly translated as the "holy spirit" or the "spirit of holiness", occurs four times in the Quran, in Quran 2:87 and 253, Al-Ma'idah verse 110, and An-Nahl verse 102. In three instances, it is described as the means by which God "strengthened" Jesus, and in the fourth it is identified as the one brought down God's truth to his prophet.
Some Muslim commentators connected this expression with the "faithful/trustworthy spirit" (al-ruh al-amin) who is said to have brought down the Quran in verse 26:193, and identified with Gabriel.
Other Muslim commentators viewed it as identical with the created spirit described in other Quranic verses as the means by which God brought Adam to life (e.g., 15:29), made Mary conceive Jesus 21:91 and inspired angels and prophets (e.g., 17:85). The spirit who together with "the angels" descends and ascends to God (16:2, 70:4, 97:4) was also identified with Gabriel in Quranic commentaries. Thus, the figure of Gabriel became a focus of theological reflection on the content of revelation and the nature of cognition itself, with distinctions articulated between reason, prophetic revelation, and mystical knowledge.
The term Rūḥ al-Qudus is also an epithet referring to the Archangel Gabriel, who is related as the Angel of revelation and was assigned by God to reveal the Qurʼan to the prophet Muhammad and who delivered the Annunciation to Mary.
In the two suras in which the Qur'an refers to the angel Gabriel, it does so by name. However, some ahadith and parts of the Qurʼan may arguably lend support to the alternative view.
It appears to be indicated by the Quran in sura Maryam, ayat 16–21, that it was the angel Gabriel who gave to Mary the tidings that she was to have a son as a virgin: "She chose to seclude herself (from her people); then we sent to her Our Spirit, and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all respects. She said: "Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (God) from you, if you do fear God." (The man) said: "I am only a messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son." She said: "How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?" He said: "So (it will be), your Lord said: 'That is easy for me (God): And (we wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from us (God), and it is a matter (already) decreed (by God).' " [Quran 19:17]."
It is narrated in hadith that the angel Gabriel accompanied Muhammad during the Mi'raj, an ascension to the heavens in which Muhammad is said to have met other messengers of God and was instructed about the manner of Islamic prayer (sujud). (Bukhari Sahih al-Bukhari, 1:8:345.) It is also held by Muslims that the angel Gabriel descends to Earth on the night of Laylat al-Qadr, a night in the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan, which is said to be the night on which the Qurʼan was first revealed.
|“||I Am the Comforter who took the Master's placeI was at the beginning of creation, over the waters, born of love of God and by His will to give life to things. I am leading humanity to leave darkness and go to light, for that is the Will of the Son, Mother, and Father.||„|
|— Holy Spirit.|
|“||Hope is in us, to save the lost. Children, I taught you to be much more than a superhero, with me you are invincible!||„|
|— The Father, Son and Holy Spirit to the humans.|
|“||When it seems impossible, and it will all be over... Look to the sky, He comes from above to save you. Look at the sky, between the clouds He will be there. Look to heaven, when there is no hope, who do you call? The King of the Kings!||„|
|— Holy Spirit.|
- There was an award involving several pantheons in different areas, the Holy Spirit won the award for best writer of all pantheons for having written the Holy Bible.
- What was a humiliation for several gods, since it was not enough that the Abrahamic religions have grown enormously because of him, overshadowing the others, he even received an award for it. Apart from the fact that once again the "Abrahamic pantheon won again".
- It is revealed that there is indeed a connection between the Holy Spirit and Barbelo, with the Immaculate Spirit being a Son of Barbelo alongside Jehovah and Jesus Christ, as well as being an aspect of the Goddess.
- The Sefirot that represents the Holy Spirit is Binah.
- The Holy Spirit also appears to have Gabriel as his alter ego, while Michael is Jesus' alter ego. Which makes sense given that Jesus and Michael represent the Right Hand of God and positive power, while the Holy Spirit and Gabriel carry feminine aspects, in addition to Gabriel representing the Left Hand of God. However, nothing is confirmed.
- He also seems to have some connection to the Shekhinah.