13 Feb '08 23:17>
Originally posted by ThinkOfOneSo the Holy Spirit only "represents" these forces rather than actually being a real thing? (Is the wind blowing from the east today?)
FWIW, here's a way to look at it:
Within each individual there are two opposing forces.
One is a desire for truth, love, justice, compassion, etc. This is represented by God, Jesus (aka the Son of God, the Son), the Holy Spirit, etc. The resulting actions are called righteousness.
The other is a desire rooted in the self: pride, greed, lust, gl ...[text shortened]... from John 8:31 to put the verse in context.
I trust you'll be able to connect the dots.
Sounds like you believe in the Holy Spirit only "metaphorically" and symbolically rather than a real living presence with humanity. If so that's not what Christ preached and you know it. You are piggy backing on someone whose theology and beliefs you obviously don't subscribe to.
(BTW- The other aspect of the enemy is as a counterfeit artist. He is the proverbial con man coming up with endless fake rolex Jesus's to try and muddy the waters. The key is to try and make the fake Jesus look very similar so as to deceive. The Devil is also an Angel of light. A false light. That's what makes his lies so dangerous . Only someone with a trained eye can spot the fake rolex. )