Question: What is the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost? Which is better to say? What do I need to know or do about the Holy Spirit to follow Jesus and believe correctly in God?
Response: This is an excellent question to which my response can only be one that is very basic (although I think that getting clear about basic matters is tremendously important).
First, “ghost” is simply an old translation of “spirit” into, first, German (Geist) and then into English (ghost). Therefore “spirit” and “ghost” are identical in meaning, but it is better to say “spirit” because today “ghost” brings with it other meanings, such as those in stories about ghosts and haunted houses. Continue reading
In response to a questioner reading Exodus 4:21-31, Clark Williamson writes: In Exodus 4:21-31, before Moses goes back to Egypt to “perform before Pharaoh all the wonders that I [God] have put in your power,” and when Moses was on the … Continue reading
Professor Clark Williamson replies: This question is a classic in the literature of Christian theology. In the 17th century, Blaise Pascal agonizingly reflected on himself in relation to the immensity of the universe: “When I consider my life, swallowed up in the eternity … Continue reading
Introduction to “Ask the Professor” While waiting for glitches to be worked out of our new internet DiscplesNet Café, we’ve decided to go ahead and open one of the thought and discussion features of DisciplesNet Church that we have been … Continue reading