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What is Spirit?

When you hear the word "spirit," what does it make you think of? Religion? Ghosts? Foolishness? Try to clear your mind of all that and try to think of "spirit" in a new way. In reality, spirit is simply an existence in another form and dimension. Remember our Star Trek analogy in the beginning? We seem to readily accept the idea of other life forms existing in other dimensions or out in space somewhere, yet when the very same elements are brought up but associated with religion or "God," then there is a closed-mindedness that clouds the mind and prevents the reality of it from being accepted.

It's not difficult to figure out who is responsible for this occurrence, especially when you put all the pieces together. Satan has been attacking the truth from the beginning. He has substituted his own form of religion, or he has made the religion that the world accepts seem completely powerless, empty, etc. How many of us are turned off by any reference to "spirit", "being saved," or "Jesus," or "salvation?" Satan has done a good job of allowing the form of religion to exist, but watering down the truth into a "shell" that many good intentioned people have tried in vain for centuries to convince others of.

Think of all the missionaries, and religious workers from countless denominations who have been striving to "save the world," yet, when you add up all the facts and figures, you will have to admit that something is seriously wrong if the work of the living God, the very creator of all that exists, has resulted in what we have in the world today. God is obviously less powerful than Satan and evil, if we accept traditional religious views. How else could you explain the apparent lack of respect for God or His laws?

What is the missing element? GOD'S SPIRIT. Let's look at what the Bible DOES say about "spirit."

John 4:24 "God [is] Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

Remember Christ's warning about "vain worship and false religion?"

Mt. 15:8 "This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. :9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

That is, people can actually be trying to worship the true God, but are doing it uselessly and not in spirit or truth.

Philippians 3:3 "For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit . . ."

POINT: God exists in another form, one which is outside the 5 senses and beyond the physical creation. He IS spirit. That is His nature and makeup. That is how He exists. The only way mankind can relate to spirit, is THROUGH spirit. Remember, mankind is physical, HOWEVER, there is a spiritual component IN man (not to be confused with the false concept of man "having" a soul)

With this background, let's take a deeper look into exactly what the "Holy Spirit" really is, and is NOT. The traditional view is that the Holy Spirit is another separate aspect of God. It is taught that God exists as three distance "persons" and are really one. No one can explain this because it isn't something the Bible teaches. It is accepted on faith and that it is something "which can't be understood." Let's find out.

Luke 24:49 "Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."

Micah 3:8 "But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, And of justice and might, To declare to Jacob his transgression And to Israel his sin."

Ephesians 3:7 "...of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power."

2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."

2 Corinthians 4:7 "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us."

Acts 2:38 "Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

Zechariah 4:6 "So he answered and said to me: "This [is] the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the LORD of hosts."

POINT: As the above scriptures show, the Holy Spirit is the actual power that comes from God's being. It is a reflection of His mind and is how he actually created the universe. It is how God relates to mankind, molding and shaping OUR minds as we allow it and agree to it. We often look at the Bible as either a meaningless collection of ideas mankind has dreamt up, or as simply a collection of nice sayings, and good advice on how to live. However, we severely underestimate exactly what the above scriptures really mean. The word of God, the Bible, is actually the mind of God in written form. It is a reflection of His spirit and is a powerful tool when combined with His spirit. It isn't magic or neat tricks. Supernatural events don't occur on a daily basis. This is a thing of the MIND, which is the only thing which is ultimately important to God.

God's spirit is a very real power, and without it, we have no SPIRITUAL VISION, and have a blindness just as real as if we had no eyes in our head. If someone is blind, they CAN'T SEE what is there in front of them. Regardless of what others try to tell then, the very fact that they are blind limits them to the other senses they have to discern reality. It is the same way spiritually speaking. without the Spirit of God, mankind CAN'T understand or perceive spiritual truth and can't have a relationship with God

The Trinity Doctrine is a belief system which supports the idea that the Holy Spirit is a "person" in the Godhead, but where in the world did the idea of "the Trinity" come from? One of the biggest "proof" scriptures many use to validate the trinity doctrine is the following:

1 John 5:7-8 "For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one."

The above scripture is a blatant misinterpretation as any honest biblical scholar can testify, and which YOU can verify by obtaining an interlinear translation and view the greek-to-english yourself. The original scriptures DID NOT have the above wording. The following is the correct wording. The above was ADDED by transcribers in later manuscripts to try to validate biblically the doctrine of the trinity:

1 John 5:7-8 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

As you can see, there was a lot of liberty taken to try to introduce the trinity doctrine.

Further study you can do regards the acknowledgments by the writers throughout the New Testament, to God the Father and Christ the Son, BUT NO HOLY SPIRIT. Throughout the New Testament, there are 17 greetings from "God and Jesus Christ," yet not ONE from the Holy Spirit. The scriptures which use the term "He" is merely a convenient grammatical tool. The Holy Spirit is used in several forms of gender, he and it, masculine and neuter.

Notice more evidence...

Acts 7:56 "and said, "Look! I (Stephen) see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!"

1 Corinthians 11:3 "But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman [is] man, and the head of Christ [is] God."

1 Timothy 2:5 :For [there is] one God and one Mediator between God and men, [the] Man Christ Jesus,"

In the above scriptures, there is NO mention of the Holy Spirit as being a part of the God Head. If it were a person of the Godhead, you would think there would be mention of it here.

Matthew 1:20 "But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit."

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, "[The] Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God."

You will notice that even though the Holy Spirit is responsible for the birth of Christ, NOWHERE does Christ call the Holy Spirit "Father." Also, throughout Christ's prayer to the Father in John 17, you will see that there is not one word about the Holy Spirit being included. Don't you think that if God's Spirit were a separate "person" of the Godhead that God would have made it clear here?

So why do you think the trinity idea is even around? Please see the trinity page for detailed information as to the impact of this false doctrine.

We have to remember who is the author of the world's religions. Satan hates the idea of mankind's relationship with God. God stated that He was creating man in His image and likeness. In other words, God is reproducing Himself, HIS KIND. By focusing on the trinity as three distinct persons in ONE God, you can't understand the idea, or couldn't even entertain the idea of God reproducing Himself. The trinity locks the God "family" into totaling only three. Satan does not want mankind to even imagine that they have the destiny of being in the literal family of God and a being LIKE God.

Does that sound like blasphemy or a completely crazy notion? Go back over the material about salvation , false religion and heaven and hell, and you will see that this is in fact exactly what God is doing on this earth. This knowledge opens up an incredible future that Star Trek and other science fictions only hint at. If we readily accept ideas of other beings "planting" us here on earth, or the science fiction stories about other worlds and other life, why is it so difficult to accept the truth? There ARE other beings who DID "plant" us here on earth, and who ARE developing their "race" in and through US. That "race" is the God Family.

Don't take my word for it, prove it to yourself. Continue on in your studies. Learn about who and what Jesus Christ was and is NOW. Learn how WE are destined to be Conformed to Christ's very image and to INHERIT ALL THINGS with Christ. The more you begin to realize the truth, the more awesome it will all seem. DON'T GIVE UP NOW!

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