What Is This “Holy Spirit”?

Actually what the Bible says about this “Holy Spirit” is nothing like what the christian churches tell us.
Over 38,000 estimated versions of christianity, and each of them claim to have the “Holy Spirit”. But here’s the problem logically, if the “Holy Spirit” is the spirit of truth: In any set of conjoined propositions, if one proposition is false, the whole set is false.
If we look logically at the more than 38,000 versions of the “true church” and their versions of the “Holy Spirit”, we would logically have to conclude that, as part of the one true church, they would have to be false, since they would contain false propositions.

None of them can be correct, because if you multiply error, you just get more error. In continuation of my last two essays, we can see that the Bible focuses on two “covenants” from God:
1.The promise, made between God and Abraham
2. The law, given at Sinai.

Many have assumed that the creation of the nation of Israel was actually fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham, but in fact, they are not!

The promise made to Abraham, and the law given to Israel, actually represent two separate covenants!

Notice that Jesus brings up this subject with Nicodemus in John 3. In fact, he is speaking of two births. Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit”(verse 6). Two births, one of flesh, one of spirit.

People assume, quite naturally, that Jesus is referring to all people who are born. After all, we’re all born of “flesh”, right? W e reach that point when we “accept Christ”, and then we may be baptized and “born again”.

That, however, is not what what Jesus meant. As explored earlier, the phrase translated as “born again” is actually “born from above” , from the Greek word “anothen“. In fact, Jesus was saying “unless a man is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God”.

That’s what baffled Nicodemus. He was familiar with the terms “born again”, since the Jews had practiced baptism along with circumcision for converts to Judaism. Once circumcised and “purified” in the baptismal waters, the new convert was “born again” as a Jew. Yet here was Jesus telling Nicodemus that he, Nicodemus, would have to be born of “water and the spirit”.(verse 5)

Is such a birth a matter of freewill choice? If so, why didn’t Nicodemus realize it? If it is there for all to choose, why was Nicodemus blind to it? Jesus said to him “Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?”(verse 10).
Here was a man who was a rabbi, a master of Israel, and had no idea what Jesus was talking about.

What exactly did Jesus and his disciples “see” that Nicodemus could not(verse11)?.
The next scripture is most interesting: Verse 13:
“And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the son of man which is in heaven”.

This is in regard to Ephesians 4:9, but it also points back to the Old Testament, Deuteronomy 30:11-12:

“For this commandment, which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it and do it?”

Jesus was referring Nicodemus to that very scripture. The truth was there, written in the commandments, in the law, and no man had to ascend to heaven to get it. It was there for anyone to see, but Nicodemus missed it. If Nicodemus, a master of Israel, missed it, why would we think we have any better understanding than he did?

Paul even refers to this in Romans 10:6-8. “The word is nigh(near) thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that is, the word of faith that we preach”.

What “word”? The same one to which Jesus referred in conversation with Nicodemus; the Old testament. It was there for all to discover if they looked. There is a birth of ‘flesh”, and a birth of ‘spirit’, and both are recorded in the Old Testament.

It is very simple: the birth of “flesh” is the birth of the nation Israel at Sinai. Tat is one covenant with God. The birth of the “spirit” is the birth of Isaac, who was born of promise to Abraham.

How do we know this? Paul explains it clearly in Romans 9:7-11:
“Neither because they are the seed of Abraham are they all children, ‘but in Isaac shall thy seed be called’.”

A key verse, right there. Those born as Isaac are born of the promise. Switching to RSV, verse 8, we see:

“This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are reckoned as descendants”.

Notice the implications of that statement. The children of the promise areĀ  both descendants of AbrahamĀ  AND the children of God!

So Jesus came as fulfillment of the law, but his baptism represented, not the birth into Israelite law, but the birth of the promise given to Abraham! In fact, the birth of Isaac to Abraham was merely a kind of “down payment’ on the promise, with Jesus being the fulfillment.

What Paul is clearly saying here is that the nation of Israel was never a part of the promise given to Abraham. The creation of Israel at Sinai was for a completely different purpose. They were the birth of “flesh”.

So, if the children of the promise are “reckoned” as children of God, what promise are we talking about?

Next verse: “For this is what the promise said, ‘About this time I will return and Sarah shall have a son’.”

Verse 11 brings it into focus: “Though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad, in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works, but because of his call”.

In Galatians 3:29 we see this: “And if you are Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise“.

If one is baptized, one is ceremonially “born again” into that same promise as Isaac. But here’s the catch: you can’t choose it. It is simply not a part of human decision-making ability. It is not dependent on “works”, but on the guarantee that God made to Abraham.

Notice also, Galatians 4:28: “Now we brethren, as Isaac was, are children of the promise.”

Did this promise have anything to do with what Isaac did? No, because Isaac wasn’t even born when it was made. Isaac was foreknown, predestined to be born, and called by name in advance of his birth! Isaac fulfilled the conditions of Romans 8:29-30!

Does that mean a few go to heaven and the rest go to hell? Of course not. Paul clearly refutes this in Romans 11:32.

Look at Galatians 4:29: “But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh(Ishmael)persecuted him who was born according to the spirit(Isaac) so it is now”.

The birth which Jesus represented was the birth of promise to Abraham, a promise that did not include the covenant with Israel at Sinai. The birth of Isaac is a birth which was forenown and pre-planned, as written in Ephesians 1:4:”Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world.”

Certain inividuals are chosen to be servant/leaders in a kingdom here on earth. They are foreknown, predestined, and called, as Isaac was. And they are NOT part of the world religious or government systems. When you are baptized, you are born in to the hope of that promise, free of all human authority systems. You have the right to claim that freedom by your faith.

Medium IS The Message–Key To Truth

It is my contention that the biblical account of “God” is one of a designer who developed a counter-power against the collectivist tendencies of the “superorganism” of church/state. It wil be further my contention that the superorganism under Constantine hi-jacked this process under nationalism, and re-combined the twin evils of church/state (Attila and witch doctor, beast and false prophet) under a banner of collective “Christianity”. But that comes later.

many of my conclusions in Israel comes from an acclaimed history written by Max DiMont, titled The Indestructibe Jews, from which I will quote later, but now it’s time to connect the process by which Yahweh first created Israel, and then used them as a counter-force to the centralizing tendencies of the superorganism. In The Lucifer Principle, Howard Bloom verifies Slater’s thoughts regarding inner symbolic circuitry.

“Four hundred years before the Hyksos taught the Egyptians the drawbacks of overconfidence, Babylonia’s King Hammurabi had concocted a political breakthrough that revolutionized government–the idea of writing down laws. While the rest of the world was mired in illiteracy, the Babylonians were using a script so simple that every corner merchant could keep lists of his inventory and send angry letters to tardy suppliers. Even humble miners were able to write graffiti on the walls of the pits in which they worked”.

This was the evolution of a kind of portable, symbolic “DNA” by which an entire empire could maintain its identity. Whole conquered civilizations could be “imprinted” with these laws and absorbed into their culture.

As Bloom writes:

“The Babylonians were so confident in their power that when they ran into resistance from the Hebrews, they tried something no weaker nation would have dared. They transported almost the entire population of the Hebrew kingdom of Judah to Babylon…”

Babylon was a bustling center of trade for the whole known world at that time. Bloom points out that Babylon assumed this conquest would cause these Torah reading people to become nice, idol worshipping citizens.

There was a very big problem with this: Babylon had developed a law system that was its legal “DNA”, allowing it to expand in cancer-like fashion across the known world. The remaining kingdom of Judah, however, had begun to focus intensely on its own system of laws, more deeply incorporating them into its own culture, because ten tribes of Israel had disappeared due to their lack of faithfulness to that law.

The superorganism of Babylon, functioning on the mobility and transportability of its legal “DNA” tried to absorb a small culture that had its own form of legalistic DNA that was different in that each individual of the culture, like the ones of Babylon, had imbibed of its symbol system.

What occurred was very similar to what occurs when any organism “captures” a virus: both systems begin swapping DNA and comparing similarities, building a “mutant’ that becomes something different from the original DNA. The first thing Judah did as a captured “organism”, was to go through its own “cleansing’ process, expelling all idol worship, focusing intensely on the laws, particularly the sabbath day, and living in restricted shared circles, from which they could expand their own culture into the “superorganism” of Babylon.

A furious “cut and paste’ began as Judah first established its identity in isolated communities, then began to expand and develop adaptive laws of trade and commerce to get at the “nerve centers” and reproductive focal points of the superorganism of Babylon. From this, the Jews, as they were now known, developed yet another “mutant” form of a kind of “RNA” comb nation between Babylonian laws and Jewish laws, which operated beneficially for both systems. This “RNA” combination became known as “Mishna”

Louis Ginsberg writes:

“The development of commerce and trade under the Hasmonean rulers peremptorily called for the building of a code of civil law. The few rules found in scripture bearing on this branch of law were not sufficient and could not be made so, not even by the most subtle reasoning or the cleverest interpretation. The time was certainly ripe for legislation….how dare one tamper with sacred scripture, in which the divine will is revealed? The sages and schiolars of that time…ad the necessary temerity. They took a very imoportant step toward formulating what might be called de facto though not de jure, a new code. They created the Mishna“.(From DiMont’s The Indestructible Jews)

The Mishna became a kind of “RNA” template by which two organisms developed in symbiosis. It was a profitable system that involved two “learning machines” that would combine to form one integrated superorganism. This is a key point in which the superorganism, as a learning machine, would assume a new level of adaptation, far more integrative.

What is still more interesting is the method used by Babylon in dealing with Israel. Why didn’t Babylon, in their arrogance, simply destroy the Jewish culture? Why not ride in and simply kill most of them and leave the rest to get by as best they could?

Two different forms of the superorganism existed, and one simply absorbed the other, almost like a person injecting himself with a virus in the interest of discovering the outcome. The superorganism had taken two cultures, both of which had developed simple methods of symbols in the form of text. Israel developed its laws around the written early form of the alphabetic text, which became the standard of Western communication.

The alphabetic text, as a communication medium for the superorganism, proved to be useful with its small number of base letters, used interchangeably to form any number of concepts by written word, and it was the base of the new “RNA” combination known as Mishna.

The Jews were more than simply replicating cells in a superorganism. They began to function similar to mitochondria, small complete systems that function to generate energy from within the organism.

As the base of this new energy generating symbol system, the Jews began a “cut and paste” process that was streamlined to fit the needs of trade and commerce, but Babylon’s monetary system was made unwieldy and maladative by the use of weighta and measures. This too, would be swiftly remedied as the superoroganism combined new methods of both text and currency to speed up its own evolution. That will be next essay.