Jehovah's Witnesses... Who/What is the Holy Spirit?

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  • JW Answers
    JW Answers

    The Jehovah's Witnesses claim that the Holy Spirit is none other than a force... however when we compare scripture with scripture, we begin to see that the Holy Spirit is a person.

    As the Jehovah's Witnesses dispute this, the question still remains...

    "Who/What is the Holy Spirit?"

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    The Holy Spirit can :

    Be grieved

    Be Blasphemed against...

    Can pray

    Can intercede

    Can speak

    Can teach

    Can guide

    Can perform miracles

    Can have conversations

    Can have fellowship/communion with believers

    Can comfort

    All the traits of a person, rather than a force.

  • cofty
    cofty

    And yet nowhere do bible writers bother to say so explicitly.

    JWA I started a thread for you here...

  • smiddy3
    smiddy3

    Says who JW Answers ?

  • Still Totally ADD
    Still Totally ADD

    It's just like the Jedi force. There is good side and the dark side. Lol. In jw land I was always told it's a holy spirit is a force like using your hands and arm to move something. Still Totally ADD a

  • Amelia Ashton
    Amelia Ashton

    Was Cinderella's shoe really made of glass or was it plastic or resin or a very translucent fabric. Is it important, who cares and does it really detract that much from the story not knowing absolutely? She dropped it and ran :P

    At the end of the day men wrote a book that was in a language that today can be translated and interpreted multiple ways into meaning variable concepts and more often than not used to manipulate the gullible.

    It is a story. It isn't real. It doesn't matter. It is unnecessary trying to convince others (especially atheists) one viewpoint is more accurate or valid than another because at the end of the day it is all just a bunch of fairy tales and no-one should be wasting time worrying that much about ancient Jewish folklore but should be getting on with their lives, loving and caring for those around them. Life is too short to worry whether holy spirit is a force or a person and makes not a jot of difference to real life events and just causes vexation and frustration to those arguing for opposite viewpoints with no evidence or proof either is right as all of it is only opinion.

  • Giordano
    Giordano

    The Holy Goat is whatever the Society says it is.

    It doesn't matter if the society gets it wrong like their misapplication of 'new light'? Their Armageddon that's always just around the corner. Their no blood dogma.

    As a follower of the WTBTS your like a prisoner making do with a cup of daily gruel...............and having the prison minister visit and describe what a real steak is.

    It just doesn't really matter.

  • Wonderment
    Wonderment

    JW Answers claim:

    "The Holy Spirit can: Be grieved ... Be Blasphemed against... Can pray... Can intercede Can speak... Can teach... Can guide... Can perform miracles... Can have conversations... Can have fellowship/communion with believers... Can comfort.

    All the traits of a person, rather than a force."

    Have you noticed the Bible is full of figurative language. The book of Revelation, for instance, cannot, for the most part, be taken literally. To this day, no one can with 100 % certainty explain its many mysteries. Not the Watchtower, not the Catholic Church, not the Evangelicals, nor the Adventists.

    Throughout the Bible, many inanimate things can do things that ONLY a person can. Overall, it's figurative speech. Even Jesus said (and that AFTER personifying the holy spirit): "I have spoken these things to you in comparisons." (John 16.25, NWT-2013) Other Bibles instead of comparisons, say "figurative speech," or "analogies." But yet, you seem to suggest that Jesus was speaking literally of the holy spirit as a person being a Counselor or Helper, when he himself said it was an analogy. Think about that!

    The basic sense of spirit in the Bible is "breath" or "wind." Now take that literally, if you will.

  • Ultimate Axiom
    Ultimate Axiom

    You forgot to mention it can also impregnate women (Mat 1:18).

  • MrExJW
    MrExJW

    As Willy Wonka sang - "its pure imagination"

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