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What Is The Holy Spirit Or Holy Ghost?
Misconceptions Of Faith
Did anyone else see the first episode of Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman? The show is pretty interesting, but I feel like I need to point out one lie that was being presented as "scientific proof" concerning religious faith.
The show examined a study that was taking place attempting to debunk the Holy Spirit, and possibly any religious experience that has ever been felt by a human being. The experiment consisted of electromagnetically stimulating a part of the brain that feels presence.
The volunteer for the "God helmet" was a young woman who claimed to believe in God, although she admits that she is not religious. From what I could gather, she could call herself a Diest.
The scientists took the young woman into a private room, blindfolded her, and strapped on the electromagnetic device. They left her alone for a while as they manipulated the effects of the helmet. During the show, they did this twice.
Both times the young woman described feeling the presence of others, which is what the scientists had intended. Neuroscientist Michael Persinger (head of the experiment) basically concluded that all spiritual experiences must simply be a manipulation of this part of the brain.
The Truth Of The "God Helmet" Lie
This is exactly why Christians always say that non-believers have no clue of what our faith involves. Just like you cannot understand the Word of God's until you are one of God's children, so are other matters of our faith (such as the Holy Spirit).
I went 28 years of my life thinking that the Holy Spirit was BS. I thought it was simply a good feeling that Christians got from the relief they felt by handing their problems over to God or some other nonsense. That is not at all what the Holy Spirit is.
Nothing that the young woman in the experiment described mirrored my personal experiences with God. There will never be a way to stimulate or simulate the Holy Spirit. You cannot feel the Holy Spirit unless God is guiding you.
What Then Is The Holy Spirit?
You might ask yourself why one cannot feel the Holy Spirit without the guidance of God. The reason is very simple. The Holy Spirit is a gift from God to his faithful children. The Holy Spirit, sometimes referred to as the Holy Ghost, is a guidance for believers.
It is a bridge to God within you. It is always there waiting to connect you with truth. The Holy Spirit is the truth. It gives us clarity and revelation once we are saved. It is what guides us into faith, and what keeps our faith strong.
Feeling the Holy Ghost is not a one-time event. Christians can be filled with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. The Holy Spirit provides direction and comfort, and is with us to testify the truth.
But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26)
Non-believers cannot understand this. Now that I know the truth, I recognize that the Holy Ghost was working in my life long before I received Christ. However, without knowing the truth of God, I was unable to recognize His works in my own life.
Things have changed for me. The truth has changed for me. God exists today. Jesus Christ died on the cross so that we could be with Him again, and the Holy Spirit dwells within me to remind me of that truth.