When I was a kid we called them, Big Daddy, Junior and the Spook. I was raised a non catholic christian, seriously mixed up. We were taught God was this mega angry guy that pretty much did nothing but punish and demand worship, JC was the super loving guy who wouldn't hurt a fly, Gentle Jesus meek and mild etc. Nobody could ever give me a handle on the ghost dude. What is his persona? Was anyone ever given anything on this one? If so what? If not, any thoughts? I got nuthin. Casper?
I never understood any of the "explanations" I was given about the holy ghost/spirit when I was a kid. Or later. I went on to become a de facto atheist without ever understanding it. Maybe it was invented to give some meaning to the rather nice word "Trinity", since "Binity" just sounds stupid.
The Holy ghost to me. Now please understand this is coming from someone who never believed in God, jesus, the Holy ghost or any of the religious rhetoric that is preached. But to me the holy ghost if such a thing exists is a ref to the spirit or the soul you're spirit in the eyes of the church is you're purest or holiest of qualities therfore its reasonable to assume that its a direct link to the Holy ghost. Holy ghost, Holy spirit, Holy soul, Holier than though all for me point to the essence of homosapians
The Holy Ghost was a spirit that never said very much. He was always "brooding on the waters" but you could never get away with blaspheming against him coz it would not be forgiven of you. If you were doing a cookout the Holy Ghost would be like the sauce that you put on the meat. It was only fitting that he would be the one who got Mary pregnant. The least you know the better.
Ever hear the one about the Three Jesuses of Kalamazoo? once upon a time, there was a State Mental Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In it, there were three patients, who each proclaimed themselves to be Jesus. To cure them of their delusions, the doctors decided to lock all three of them up, in the same room, for thirty days. At the end of the thirty days, they were let out. Whereupon, a doctor asked them if they still believed themselves to be Jesus. One of the three replied " Oh no! I'm the Father. He's the Son. And he's the Holy Ghost!" (This is supposedly a true story, I heard in abnormal psych class).
The Holy Spirit, as I see it from my Pentecostal upbringing, is the scariest douche among the Trinity. I was told that if I ever blashemed the Holy Ghost, I could never be forgivien...EVER! No matter how much I begged and groveled. So I guessed I'm doomed. %$#%#% the Holy Spirit!
Most Protestants attribute to "the Holy Spirit" those aspects of the God mythos which defy explanation. Someone fell down a flight of stairs and didn't get scratched? Must have been the holy spirit looking out for them, and etc. There's a lot of distinction between father and son (God and Jesus) but people tend to lump the spirit in with God because how else are you gonna explain it all away?
As you know Matthew’s gospel and Luke’s gospel used Mark’s gospel as a template so we can often see parallel expositions of the same events in the gospels.
Compare these parallel verses in the gospels.
Matthew 12:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Luke 11:20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
20 But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
As you can see, in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus casts out demons by the Holy Spirit but in Luke’s gospel he casts out demons by the finger of God.
Isn’t it demeaning for a God, the Holy Spirit to be equated with just a finger?
IMO this is evidence that the Holy Spirit is not God but just some fictional BS