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Genesis 1 - Holy Spirit - Person or Parable

Genesis 1 - Holy Spirit - Person or Parable? Job, Jesus and others treat the Creation story in Genesis 1:2 as a parable. That is, it is identical to the messages of Jesus "to the multitudes." This "superior language" cannot be understood by those who would use the truth for their own power to create a "cottage industry of confusion" claiming to know the year, month, day and hour God created the earth. To those just loving the truth, a parable means "a superior manner of speech." The story, therefore, carries literal as well as deep spiritual meaning.

While the personal pronoun is used of the Holy Spirit as Paul spoke of his own spirit in a personal sense, the Holy Spirit is never visualized to mankind as a man able to stand face to face or side by side and H. Leo Boles, the Holy Spirit, Gospel Advocate claims.

See John Calvin on Genesis One.

Barton W. Stone wrote:

"Now, according to this rule, Elohim, God (Jehovah), is put in the plural; because the word expresses dignity and majesty. For the same reason, the Lord said unto Moses, "See, I have made thee Elohim, a God unto Pharaoh"--Exod. 7, 1.

No one supposes, that because Moses was called Elohim in the plural, there must have been a plurality of persons in him; but he was so called because of his dignity and greatness.

For the same reason Aaron called the molten calf he made Elohim--Exod. 32, 4, 8--wishing, by expressing it in the plural, to attach dignity and majesty to it, and by this means to excite reverence in the minds of its worshippers.

"For the same reason, the Israelites called their idol Baal-berith, their Elohim, God --Judges 9:33.--And the Philistines called their idol Dagon, in the plural, Elohim, God--Judges 16, 23, 24. Also the idol Ashteroth, Chemosh, Milcom, Baalzebub, Nisroch, &c. though each is in the singular; yet each is called Elohim, God, in the plural--1 Kings 11:33; 2 Kings, 1, 2, & 19, 37. No doubt that those idol worshippers expressed their particular idol in the plural, because of its supposed dignity, majesty and excellence. (Note: not all references are correct. We have corrected some)

As we scan through the Old Testament the writers key many events back to the Creation event because only God can create. However, the elements of the creation event are intended to contrast with and contradict the Babylonian creation stories. For instance, in these myths mankind was made of mud and the blood of a murdered god. The intent was that mankind be slaves to the gods and relieve them of their duties so that they could "eat, drink and be merry" while mankind slaved and suffered. Ceremonial legalism still attempts to "lead the worshiper into the presence of God" because "the gods do not come down to man."

God uses some of the same images to contradict the outrages of the Babylonian clergy-civil system which enslaved mankind and made them work for the temple-state with a bare subsistence wage. On the other hand, God created mankind out of love. His goal was to serve people rather than have people slave for them. A good example of the Hebrew temple-state involved the Sabbath where mankind was stripped of their dignity and free will by having someone always looking for them to get an ox out of the ditch on the Sabbath so that they could tattle. However, Jesus said that the Sabbath was ordained by God to be the servant of mankind who otherwise would work seven days a week and 24 hours a day.

Science can accept that everything including time, space, laws and matter evolved out of nothing. However, most of us believe that anything truly created out of nothing was created by God Who is pure or Holy Spirit or Mind. We can look at the simpliest parts of the human body and know that these thingd do not happen by chance. However, a wrong understanding of parabolic language cheats us of the Majesty of God's creative power and creates a God diluted into three, human-like persons or people who is enslaved to work the way we want things to work out.

Genesis 1:2 is interpreted to mean that the Father and Son created an unholy mess. The Holy Spirit as a third member of the God family took over the "totally worthless thing" and made it operate according to laws:

Boles: Christ, the Word, is the agent (deputy, broker) through whom God created all things; the Holy Spirit gives life, enacts laws, and organizes (establish, institute, construct) the material universe. Creation was not finished (full-fledged, done) until the third member of the Godhead functioned. (Boles, H. Leo, The Holy Spirit, p. 37, Gospel Advocate)

In another fragment we will see that the spirit in this passage is not a person but the wind which God used along with water as Divine agents of creating the earth or dry place for mankind to live. This is supported by parallel accounts of the wind fluttering in great acts of God's miraculous power. When the wind blows to prepare a "path through the sea" an observer would see a wind storm. However, when the wind moves at God's direction it is a miracle. That is, the wind is the visible "arm" or instrument of the invisible God.

The Holy Spirit or Divine Wind fluttered after the flood:

The creation story carries the divine message of God's power to create, recreate and save through the means of water as a boundary between the chaos of the real dark underworld--or the underworld of our own spiritual lostness. His Spirit (Himself) "blows" to drive the waters off the face of the land to create earth or dry land. The wind is not another or different person but the wind is a symbol and actual means of God's solitary, holy power working in our dimension.

And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days. Genesis 7:24

AND God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind (same spirit) to pass over (similar to hover) the earth, and the waters asswaged; Genesis 8:1 (God hadn't forgotten)

The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; Genesis 8:2

And the waters returned (ran) from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated (bereaved) . Genesis 8:3

Does the Holy Spirit have Wings and Feathers

This is similar symbolic language where God walks upon the wings of the wind or spirit. Pagan Babel-speak claimed that this meant that the "god" clipped the wings of the east wind. The Psalmist speaks in very catastrophic terms showing that the creative process can also be a recreative process. In the following passage, the message is clearly parabolic in order to convey more than normal events:

Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind (spirit) Psalm 104:3

Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: Psalm 104:4

Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. Psalm 104:5

Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. Psalm 104:6

In another Psalm, God explains Himself as a great bird who has the power to escape from the "bird shooter." Therefore, if we are covered with His feathers, like a mother hen would protect her brood, no enemy can get to us. His Word will be our shield and buckler as it is a double-edged sword:

HE that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Psalm 91:2

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. Psalm 91:3

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalm 91:4 

We don't have to believe that God has wings and feathers but the symbolic language speaks to us as His technical language of how Spirit creates matter out of nothing would soar or fly over our heads. By putting the message in "word pictures" it can be translated into any language.

When God prepared the earth or fruitful places, the Word went forth from His mouth (double-edged sword) and the wind (spirit) violently reordered the chaotic earth so that the waters even went up the mountains. Notice that the true God is always a thy:

At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted (trembled or fluttered) away. Psalm 104:7

They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them. Psalm 104:8

Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over (hover or cover in copulation); that they turn not again to cover the earth. Psalm 104:9

This Holy Spirit or Wind fluttered at the Red Sea:

The wind is a natural element. The Red Sea (Reed Sea) is made up of natural elements. Therefore, it can be dried by the natural wind. However, when the wind blows at God's direction it is a miracle. That is, the wind is God's Spirit power at work. Again, the spirit or wind is not a person puffing away:

And the Lord turned a mighty strong west wind (same spirit), which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt. Exodus 10:19

And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath (burning blaze), which consumed them as stubble. Exodus 15:7

And with the blast (ruwach or same spirit) of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea (The same Yam as Genesis). Exodus 15:8

We know that this is figurative language because God walks upon the wings of the wind or spirit. He blows wind or spirit from His mouth and he even "snorts" spirit from His nostrils. The creative processes were not natural. The work was done supernaturally but we make God into the image of the Babylonian gods when we not only personify His breath but literalize it by making it into another god like Enlil, the Babylonian god of the wind, the flutterer.

The Jews and perhaps those in Corinth continued to worship the elements such as the wind (speaking into the air) rather than the Creator Spirit. They, according to Jesus, were deaf and blind from the foundation of the world because they didn't care enough to read God's symbolic, and therefore more powerful, language.

The Figurative Holy Spirit Howls in the Wilderness:

As God "rides upon" the wings of the wind or spirit, Moses used the word "as" to show that God does not have literal feathers as He hovers or carries His people:

He found him in a desert land, and in the waste (tohuw) howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. Deuteronomy 32:10

As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: Deuteronomy 32:11

So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange (no other elohim to scrutinize or recognize) god with him. Deuteronomy 32:12

Jeremiah And Holy Spirit of Recreation

At that time this people and Jerusalem will be told, "A scorching wind (spirit) from the barren heights in the desert blows toward my people, but not to winnow or cleanse; Jeremiah 4:11

a wind (spirit) too strong for that comes from me. Now I pronounce my judgments against them." Jeremiah 4:12

God spoke to the music and new wineskin religion by asking:

How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound (bleating, singing, sound) of the trumpet? Jeremiah 4:21

For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. Jeremiah 4:22

I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. Jeremiah 4:23

I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. Jeremiah 4:24

I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. Jeremiah 4:25

But the Lord (Jehovah) is the true God (Elohim), he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Jeremiah 10:10

Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods (several or elohim) that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. Jeremiah 10:11

He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. Jeremiah 10:12

When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind (spirit) from his storehouses. Jeremiah 10:13

Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath (spirit) in them. Jeremiah 10:14

Natural Elements as Angels of God

God speaks and causes the natural elements to do creative, recreative and judgmental work. The winds are his spirit and the flames his ministers:

Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. Jeremiah 20:9

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29 (forked tongues)

How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!   Jeremiah 50:23

And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits (same as Holy Spirit), and his ministers a flame of fire. Hebrews.1:7

The Hebrews would have had no bias against seeing God as two persons involved in the creation account. However, it never entered the scholar's mind that Genesis speaks of the Holy Spirit as separated from God Who is pure or holy Spirit. John said that the Word was with God and was God even as our breath and words are us speaking.

The New Testament sometimes sees Father separated from Son. However, Jesus said that the Father was in and with Him. Peter, and John in Revelation, said that the Spirit of Jesus was the One Who inspired the Prophets. Whenever we see one member of the Godhead all three should be seen as One God working in three major ways. This was the general understanding until the liberal takeover in the nineteenth century when God was demoted, and blasphemed, to the status of a person. I am a person, my kittens have personality but they are not persons. God was not made in the image of a man.

Genesis 1 - Holy Spirit - Person or Parable? God made mankind in His own image of body, soul and spirit. While mankind is not God, he possesses the power to manipulate material things, a living sould which give him life, and the mind or mental disposition to think or create. Most creed writers never try to cut God up like a pecan pie.

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