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Originally posted by QuantumSeeker
I am putting this thread in the metaphysics subforum because I am more inclined to hear the New Age theories on what is the Holy Spirit but Christians and any other followers of other religions are welcome to give their opinion as well.
So do you think Holy Spirit could be law of attraction or the subconscious mind?Then what could blasphemy agaisnt the Holy Spirit could mean?
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Originally posted by DISRAELI
reply to post by smithjustinb
Biblically, "holy" means "belonging to God".
The question was answered by Paul;
"For what person knows a man's thoughts except the spirit of a man that is in him. So also no-one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God."- 1 Corinthians ch2 v11
I know the OP preferred a New Age answer, but since the Holy Spirit is a Biblical concept, the only information available is going to be from the Bible.
If the New Age abduct the label for their own use, they can make of it what they like.
edit on 8-7-2013 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)
Holy, as in the Hebrew version of the Old Testament, is kodesh, which comes from the word in Canaanite mythology for the sons of El and Astarte, YHWH being one of the 70 in this pantheon of gods.
Biblically, "holy" means "belonging to God".
If the holy spirit is real, then its more than just a concept, and not limited to one religious book to have its description.
That is probably the definition that is based on its usage. The earlier "root" could have been one adopted in very ancient times from mythology, where a lot of old words come from in various languages, Greek being a good example of that.
Consulting my Hebrew lexicon, I see that KODESH comes from a root which means "to separate, set apart for God".
Which may also have come from a mythological term way back in a unremembered past time.
The New Testament references use the Greek word HAGIOS, which similarly means "separated from common use, dedicated, consecrated".
What I might do with that bit of information in my earlier post would be to think that in the minds of the earliest Hebrews, their god was holy by virtue of being part of the pantheon of gods, the inner circle of gods, the ones directly born from the highest god.
If making something "holy" means setting it aside for God or attaching it to God, then by extension God himself can be called "holy".
I think the idea was that YHWH is set apart from the lesser gods, the ones not part of the inner circle of the supreme deity.
He is the one who is set apart from the rest of us.
I would reverse the order of how one thing came from the other.
I think "kodesh", as applied to the gods of Canaan, will have been a description or title rather than a name; they are being called "the Holy Ones", on the basis that holiness is a quality which belongs to a god or gods and the things associated with them.
So I was just quoting myself above. I spent some considerable amount of time hunting that post down, probably hoping that I went into more detail than that. I should actually make a list with two groups of verses, separated by which order the words holy and spirit occur, to illustrate how it does seem to work out, that one way it means a person, and the other way it means a spirit that can enter into us. I just did it in my head before making that earlier post, rather than actually making a physical list.
Jesus addressed Him as a person.
There seems to be two different usages of those two words in combination, "holy" and "spirit", that doesn't come out in the English translation. Sometimes it is holy spirit, and sometimes it is reversed as, spirit holy. In the English, it always comes out, holy spirit. It is the difference of which word is being emphasised that determines the order.
When people are being filled, it is a spirit that happens to be holy, not, the Holy Spirit.
Depends on what you have "belong" meaning.
In other words, "belonging to God" is just as good a paraphrase on your theory as it is on mine.
Blasphemy against the holy spirit is to "believe"that God is not One in Spirit that this "new" Life is not given to ALL men.The verses before he says what this blaspheme is.He told a parable of how Satan cannot "cast" out Satan or his house will be "divided" and would not stand.He was saying God cannot be 100% benevolent(love) to mankind then curse them to Hell.They don't harmonize.God is not God and Satan the adversary.Yet this is exactly what billions believe.