Is the Spirit a Personality?
The apostle John, however, called the Holy Spirit a "he" or a "him" in several places in his Gospel (John 14:16-17, passim). Yes, but John was simply personifying the Spirit as a figure of speech. Biblical writers commonly personified inanimate objects. Ears are attributed to the heavens, the earth, death, destruction; hands to the oceans; eyes to the sea and mountains, etc. But no one seriously believes these figures depict actual personalities. They are simply figures of speech and the Bible has hundreds of them.
Still, if the preachers and priests wish to make the Holy Spirit a real personality (which was concocted in the fourth century by introducing non-biblical principles about the nature of the cosmos as understood by out-dated and erroneous Platonic philosophical concepts), then we have a precise definition from the New Testament itself on the actual bodily shape and form of the Spirit. "And the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him [Christ]" (Luke 3:22).
Now the truth is, this description of the Holy Spirit as having the bodily shape of a dove is simply a figure of speech (like the "he" and the "him" in John's Gospel which refer to the Spirit), but if the preachers and priests who call themselves "orthodox" apply their non-biblical principles to show the Spirit is actually a literal personality, then they have invented a divine person who looks like a small male bird weighing about three pounds which has the form of a dove. By making the Spirit a literal personality (to maintain their absurd and inexplicable church doctrine of the Trinity, which is not biblical), they have established a "Bird God" as a member of the Godhead. This is a blasphemous concept invented to uphold Plato's teachings. Such beliefs are no better than those of the ancient Egyptians who also had a "Bird God" as a member of their pantheon. Really, the inexplicable doctrine of the Trinity is anti-biblical and is pure absurdity. [For more information on this important subject of the Holy Spirit see Appendix Three.]
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