Spirit: now here is a word that is commonly used, and frequently with different connotations. So I ask you, just what is ‘spirit’ anyway. Likely you would say drive, animation, liveliness, etc. Then I might inquire about the Holy Spirit, and if you were Christian, your response would be a forthright; “it’s the third person of the Trinity”. Then I might inquire about what that ‘third person of the Trinity’ means. What meaningful information could you give me? I suspect you would be stumped for a meaningful answer. And why am I allowed to say that?
Very plainly the Trinity refers to the three persons in a God who is presumed to exist. Notice I said ‘presumed’—why didn’t I say “who is known to exist”? Lots of folks would retort that they ‘know’ it because they ‘believe’ it. But does believing make it so? I think not—folks have believe all sorts of thing that later were proven to be false. For instance, there was once a time when people were certain that the earth was flat, and in addition it was the center of the universe—Galileo Galilei discovered that the sun was the center of our little universe (solar system). His discovery almost cost him his life—The Inquisition was going to burn him at the stake until he retracted his scientific discovery. He spent the last nine years of his life under house arrest for his ‘foolish’ assertion. It was also falsely believed under penalty of death that the earth was supported on five crooked legs. Because of that false belief, sex anywhere except on the ground was punishable by burning at the stake—the vibrations created by sex on an elevated bed might cause the wobbly legs to collapse and the earth would topple into the netherworld below.
So you might ask what’s my point. My point is rather simple—faith does not equilibrate with fact. A cursory examination of history will plainly show the massive turmoil our earth has endured because of faith. What ‘faith’ had done is generate thousands and thousands of religions, each with a competing idea about a god which it cannot define, but with a definitive method for appeasement. That’s what religion has done and is still doing—the turmoil continues at a torrid pace.
You might say; “man, where are you going with this?” And, I say; “if you cannot define the essence of your god, then you realistically have no god—you have a myth. Sounds pretty harsh, doesn’t it?—could anything be more harsh than the unending turmoil created and perpetuated by religion? I’d venture to say you’d be hard-pressed to identify it. Just in case you don’t understand, essence is that singular quality which makes something what it basically is.
So what does all that have to do with spirit (Holy Spirit) ?—everything. It is not possible to have a concrete understanding of the Holy Spirit without defining the essence of God. I am the only human who ever lived who has irrefutably defined the essence of God—check it out—sounds egotistical but true. I defined God’s essence thus: God is a perfect rational being. That means that God has a Perfect Intellect which perceives all and a Perfect Will which achieves all. When Gods Perfect Intellect reflects upon its perfect perceptions, it sees a perfect mirror image of itself. In the supernatural both images are live beings. Those two perfect images have no choice except to accept (will, choose, love) that Perfection. That loving, willing, choosing, accepting each other is the Will of God, the Holy Spirit. That spirit is the ‘driving’ force which enlivens and keeps perfect each particle of God’s creation (imagination).
That takes right back to the everyday understanding of ‘spirit’—drive, animation, liveliness. The Holy Spirit (Will of God, Gods Love, God’s choosing, God’s acceptance) is the Perfect Driving Force who keeps all of creation perfect.
So how does that play into our understanding of spirituality. Many might and probably do equilibrate religiosity with spirituality—they presume that because they are religious, they are spiritual. And I can guarantee you that nothing could be farther from the truth. Spirituality entails the knowledge and understanding that the Holy Spirit (Will, Love, Choice, Acceptance of God) is indelibly branded onto every particle of energy of which all things are made. That brings Paul’s assertion that ‘we are temples of the Holy Spirit’ into clear focus.
I have written extensively about this subject in my two books, Wilderness Cry, and Peace in Spirituality. Covenant books published both. I have attached their press release and video trailer for each. I would encourage you to read my little books to increase your scope of understanding, but more importantly, to relieve yourself of the terrible blanket of guilt imposed on you by religion. You are guilty of nothing but being a child of God who cherishes you with Perfect Love.