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The theology, or doctrine, of the Holy Spirit. For the majority of Christians, the Holy Spirit is a person of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and is Almighty God.

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What factors, according to Young-Earth Creationists, might inhibit the Holy Spirit from guiding a Christian to a literal interpretation of Genesis?

This question lies at the intersection of spirituality and exegesis. If we assume that the Holy Spirit guides Christians in understanding scripture and that Young-Earth Creationism is true, what ...
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What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' perspective on gaining a testimony through prophecies, dreams, and visions?

Latter-day Saints often claim to gain a personal witness of the truth of their beliefs through the Holy Ghost. Sometimes this has been described as a "burning in the bosom": A Latter-day ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Holy Ghost revealing truth privately and personally in an absolute and unmistakable manner?

I understand this belief is held by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as indicated by the following quote: This is the true, solid evidence of religious faith. Millions upon millions ...
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How do Christians outside of the LDS faith interpret the reported spiritual encounters of Latter-day Saints with the Holy Ghost?

Latter-day Saints believe in the concept of 'gaining a testimony'. I provide supporting quotes in my previous question How crucial is it for Christians in general (not only LDS) to “gain a testimony” ...
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Did Early Church acknowledge the Holy Spirit as Feminine?

Did the Early Church acknowledge the Holy Spirit as Feminine? An article recently titled “ The Holy Spirit as feminine: Early Christian testimonies and their interpretation” note that the early Church ...
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What does it mean that the Spirit proceeds from the Father?

The Bible describes the Son as "the only begotten from the Father" (John 1:14). A child is begotten only once. Therefore, I understand "begotten" as a human analogy for how the ...
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Naive question: Origin of the Holy Ghost

I have heard that there is a lot of influence from the Greeks in the development of Christianity, the Stoics and Platonists, and the concept of logos, the Word, and Jesus. You can see this in the ...
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The Holy Spirit and Revelation 14:1

Revelation 14:1 states (ESV translation): Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. Now, the ...
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How did theologians conclude that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit meant a refusal for repentance?

Matthew 12:22-32 and Mark 3:22-30 both tell the account of the Christ casting out devils while Pharisees accused Him of being possessed by Beelzebub. The Christ rebukes them and declares the following ...
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What is the difference between Soul and Spirit? [duplicate]

My Question was if there is a difference between Soul and Spirit. I ask this question because it seems like your Soul and Spirit are the same thing. I realized that your spirit and physical body are ...
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Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit for Non-trinitarians

This question does NOT ask the definition of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit By "Non-trinitarians" I mean those who do not believe in the personhood of the Holy Spirit such as Binitarians ...
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When God (who is spirit) says "my spirit" do Binitarians think He is just referring to Himself?

The following is from a Binitarian answer to a question on the nature of the Holy Spirit: Instead, the term "holy spirit" could refer directly to the Father and Son, as they are each holy ...
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Do Trinitarian denominations believe that the Holy Spirit is omniscient, and do any believe denying it is worthy of expulsion of members?

What is a survey of beliefs in contemporary Trinitarian denominations regarding whether the Holy Spirit - a co-equal person of the Godhead - is omniscient? Do any hold members should be expelled if ...
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How do Trinitarians respond to Mark 13:32 which indicates that the Holy Spirit does not know something?

Mark 13:32 says: "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." Jesus here is apparently saying the Holy Spirit doesn't know ...
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How do various denominations interpret Jesus’ declaration of “Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit” as an unforgivable sin [closed]

A few times questions about “Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit” have been asked on this site and then closed as either “off topic” since they are interpretative per denomination, or closed as “...
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What is the “something greater than Solomon” in Matthew 12?

To whom or what is Jesus referring in this passage when he speaks of “something greater than Solomon”? The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she ...
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How are the definitions of Ecumenical Council divinely inspired?

Catholics, Orthodox, and other denominations hold that the definitions produced by accepted ecumenical councils are protected from error by the Holy Spirit. What is the manner of this inspiration? ...
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In the Binitarian view is the Holy Spirit a person?

In descriptions of who or what the Holy Spirit is in Binitarianism, it is described variously as the power of God, or the Spirit of the Father or Spirit of the Son. Reference: In the Binitarian view, ...
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In the Trinitarian view does Matthew 11:27 indicate the Holy Spirit does not know the Son?

Matthew 11:27 Young's Literal Translation 27 `All things were delivered to me by my Father, and none doth know the Son, except the Father, nor doth any know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom ...
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In the Binitarian view, who or what is the Holy Spirit?

In the Binitarian view, who or what is the Holy Spirit? Is it the spirit of the Father, or the Son, or both, or is it a separate entity?
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Jesus says, that God the Father is a Spirit AND Paul says there is one (1) Spirit. How do trinitarians understand who or what the Holy Spirit is?

Premise Jesus tells the woman at the well to worship the Father in Spirit and Truth. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for ...
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What does it mean to say "the [Holy] Spirit shall depart"?

A hymn I often hear is "Prepare to Meet Thy God," which has the following verse: If you spurn the invitation Till the Spirit shall depart, Then you’ll see your sad condition, Unprepared to ...
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Are there other Christian authors besides WLC who believe that all Christians have access to a direct, self-authenticating experience of God?

My question is motivated by the following excerpt from William Lane Craig's Reasonable Faith article The Witness of the Holy Spirit: Plantinga's model involves crucially what is usually called the ...
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How do Christians who believe in a witness of the Holy Spirit via thoughts & feelings respond to the claim that thoughts & feelings are unreliable?

Many Christians believe that the witness of the Holy Spirit can come through thoughts & feelings (example). A common objection is that thoughts & feelings are unreliable: Some Christians ...
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Do Baptists who believe in a witness of the Holy Spirit distinguish their experience from that of Latter-day Saints?

Many non-LDS Christians ground their belief in Christianity in what they refer to as the witness of the Holy Spirit. For example, Christian apologist William Lane Craig, of Baptist confession, ...
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Did the Early Church believe that Mary was the spouse of the Holy Spirit?

In Luke 1:34 the blessed virgin Mary is depicted as the spouse of the Holy Spirit, Luke 1:34-35 says: Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered ...
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Trinity as God in Three Persons or Manifestations? [duplicate]

Where does scripture support the Holy Spirit is a Person? Where in scripture is it essential-for-salvation to claim God is in Three Persons? How does the claim of 'God in Three Persons' reconcile the ...
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Why does the Book of Revelation allocate such a subordinate role to the Holy Spirit?

Revelation’s visions often put the Son with the Father, but the Holy Spirit is generally absent. For example: Receiving the Book of Revelation “God” gave the visions of Revelation to “Jesus Christ” ...
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According to Latter-day Saint epistemology, do Latter-day Saints perceive the witness of the Holy Ghost as an intrinsic defeater-defeater?

From https://iep.utm.edu/defeaters-in-epistemology/: According to Plantinga (1986), some beliefs can, by virtue of their own degree of warrant, defeat defeaters that come their way. When a belief has ...
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How do Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians respond to William Lane Craig's lectures on the Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit?

From Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Part 5): The Baptism In the Holy Spirit: Baptism and Fullness of the Holy Spirit Today we want to look at the baptism and fullness of the Holy Spirit. There’s a ...
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What is an overview of how different Christian denominations define well-known phrases related to the ministry of the Holy Spirit?

There are many popular concepts and phrases that people have coined in relation to the role and ministry of Holy Spirit. Some examples I'm aware of include: The baptism of the Holy Spirit The ...
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What are the effects of the doctrine of Cessationism on the church for carrying out the "great commission" of Jesus? [closed]

Jesus gave the great commission to His disciples (Matt 28:19-20). And Jesus instructed His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until baptized with the Holy Spirit, and received and clothed power from on ...
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Are Christians consciously aware of the first time they received the Holy Spirit?

I don't know if there are statistics on this, or if the answer depends on the denomination, but are Christians usually consciously aware of the first time they received the Holy Spirit? Is the ...
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Are there any denominations that do NOT practice "laying on of hands" with the specific goal of having a new believer receive the Holy Ghost?

In my previous question What denominations practice "laying on of hands" so that new converts may receive the Holy Ghost, and what manifestations are usually expected? I asked for examples ...
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What denominations practice "laying on of hands" so that new converts may receive the Holy Ghost, and what manifestations are usually expected?

This question is inspired by examples in the book of Acts: 14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, 15 who came down and ...
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What are Christian explanations for the similarities between ecstatic spiritual experiences of Christians and those of other religions?

My question is motivated a recent realization of a concrete example. In Tibetan Buddhism there is a spiritual practice known as Tummo. According to Wikipedia: Tummo is also a tantric practice for ...
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Are experiences of revelatory “impressions of the Holy Spirit” reported by Charles Spurgeon common among cessationists?

According to https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/should-you-earnestly-desire-to-prophesy: Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892) once described a remarkable experience he had while preaching: He suddenly ...
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What denominations believe that a Book of Acts style of interaction with the Holy Spirit is still possible today?

Book of Acts (ESV): Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” Acts 8:29 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him ...
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How do Christians discern between genuine dreams & visions from God and false dreams & visions from a different source (flesh, enemy)?

Dreams & visions - how do Christians discern between genuine dreams & visions from God and false dreams & visions from a different source (flesh, enemy)? Are there any denominations that ...
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In the New Catholic Bible, is Isiaiah 9:5 speaking about Jesus, and who is the Wonderful Counsellor?

I have a question for Trinitarian Roman Catholics as to who Isaiah 9:6 (New Catholic Bible) is describing, and who the Wonderful Counsellor is. Isaiah 9:5 New Catholic Bible 5 For a child has been ...
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What is an overview of beliefs about how the Holy Spirit guides Christians?

How are Christians led by the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit communicate God's will to Christians? What mechanisms does the Holy Spirit employ to this end? Since these are probably ...
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What exactly does "Spirit-Filled" mean?

I recently saw this being used on a church website, where they describe themselves as "a regional, Spirit-filled, Word-based church led by Pastors Keith and Margie Nix." Now, I understand &...
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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that believe that non-Christians have access to the power of the Holy Spirit?

In response to my question How does the power of the Holy Spirit manifest in Christians, as opposed to non-Christians who don't have access to this power?, a user commented: Perhaps this question ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the idea that non-Christians do not have access to the power of the Holy Spirit?

The question "How does the power of the Holy Spirit manifest in Christians, as opposed to non-Christians who don't have access to this power?" states "To the best of my knowledge and ...
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Have other group visitations of the Holy Spirit similar to Acts 4:23-31 been reported in church history?

Acts 4:23-31 (ESV): 23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices ...
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What does it mean to be "in the Spirit"?

I keep coming upon the phrase "in the Spirit" in the NT. One search result of that phrase is here: https://www.blueletterbible.org/search/search.cfm?Criteria=%22in+the+spirit%22&t=NKJV#s=...
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Is "the law of faith" in Romans 3:27 the same as "the law of the Spirit" in Romans 8:2? If not, are they still linked?

Various laws are detailed in the book of Romans, principally via contrasts, e.g. the law of sin and death versus the gift of eternal life (as in 8:2), and the law of works versus the law of faith (as ...
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According to deniers of the personhood of the Holy Spirit, are there any other examples of spirits devoid of sentience in the Bible?

According to deniers of the personhood of the Holy Spirit, is it possible to make an inductive case against the personhood of the Holy Spirit by appealing to other examples of spirits without ...
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According to Trinitarians, what is the correct personal pronoun to refer to the person who is the Holy Spirit? [duplicate]

Trinitarians hold that God is One but 3 persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Referring to the Father or the Son as 'He' is pretty straightforward. What pronoun do Trinitarians hold is ...
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What are the drawbacks of studying/teaching the Bible in an overly erudite (overly academic) manner?

It's good that God has blessed us with towering intellectual pastors/Christian writers like D. A. Carson, John Piper, John F. MacArthur, etc. Many of the aforementioned people belong to Baptist, ...
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