The Church View:
The Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is a supreme eternal being separate from either the Father or Jesus and is part of a equal trinity with those two beings.
The Bible View:
The Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, is the essence of God the Father, and is the source of all love, life, and faith. There is no scriptural evidence to support the concept that the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is an individual being. There is clear historical evidence that the belief in a “Trinity” is a traditionally accepted concept rather than a doctrine supported by scripture.
The concept of the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost as an individual entity that is part of a Trinity, including the Father and Jesus, is a dogma not supported in biblical text. A “trinity” was never mentioned by the prophets, or the apostles, and was actually contradicted by the words of Jesus himself. The concept of the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost as a force projected by God, and as a form of spiritual contact, and power is well supported in Biblical text, and clearly described as a source of power, and guidance by prophets, and apostles alike. It is well documented in theological environs that this doctrine is shaky, at best, and only accepted as doctrine through a constant presence in doctrinal development, it is a tradition, not biblical doctrine. In simple terms, it is from man, not the Bible. Such a powerful entity with equal status to the Supreme Elohiym would certainly have at least a name or some description of its individual personality. It is almost always described as the device of the will of the Elohiym rather than a supreme partner in an exclusive triad of this supreme race. The names Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit are from the same words.
A Gross Mistranslation
Evidence of the dogmatic directives driving the King James translation
can be found in this glaring example:
· 1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
In verse 7, the phrases “the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:” and “and these three are one” have both been added by the translators, as was the phrase “And there are three that bear witness.” in verse 8. This was a blatant attempt by the Bishop of London, the supervisor of the translation project under King James, to inject the human based tradition of the Trinity into biblical text. No words that can be translated into these added phrases could be found in the original text. It is a fraud. The words are not found in any of the oldest, and most reliable manuscripts, nor in any of the ancient translations.
The concept of a triad in the godhead was not known in the original church the Christ established, and only appeared in “church” doctrine when the Emperor Constantine began his wholesale overhaul of biblical doctrine. It was made official in 381 A.D by the Council of Constantinople, which defined the godhead as three gods in one. From the Council transcripts we find this statement: “You, we and all who are not bent on subverting the word of the true faith should give this creed our approval. It is the most ancient and is consistent with our baptism. It tells us how to believe in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit: believing also, of course, that the Father, the Son and the holy Spirit have a single Godhead and power and substance, a dignity deserving the same honour and a co-eternal sovereignty, in three most perfect hypostases, or three perfect persons.” The Council of Nice refers to this “institution” of the trinity into church doctrine as backing concepts formed in 325 A.D. This Council, convened by the Emperor Constantine that formulated the Nicene Creed. In every form, and from every aspect, the concept of the Holy Spirit / Ghost as an independent entity, or personality, and part of a “trinity” is a human, not a biblical, doctrine.
In truth, the doctrine of the “Trinity” is one of the most blatant, and easily documented examples of the hypocrisy Jesus spoke of when he stated: ” Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”, (Matthew 15:7-9).
The Holy Spirit
Presented here are the verses in the New Testament, which speak of the Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost. A review of these verses will show that it can clearly be determined the Holy Spirit is a spiritual force rather, than a being..
51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. 11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?
11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy