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Friday, April 25, 2014

Exposing the False Reasoning Behind Holy Spirit 'Proof-Texts'

Many who believe that the Holy Spirit is a person or God Himself rely only on a few selected, so-called 'proof-texts'.

The following links lead to research showing how the most frequently used so-called 'Proof Texts' are not proof of the Holy Spirit's Godhood or personhood in any way.

(Links to more guides can be found at the bottom of this list.)

Gen. 1:26
Gen. 1:26 - "Let Us Make Man in Our Image" (Search For Bible Truths);   Does this Scripture really prove the Trinity? (Search For Bible Truths);   Image (Examining the Trinity);   How is Man Made in God's Image? (Gen. 1:26) (Search For Bible Truths);   ("Let us make man in our image") - ELOHIM 3-6; I-AM 5; (Examining the Trinity)

Mt. 12:32
Blasphemy to Christ: forgiven; to Holy Spirit not - HS (par. #34); (Examining the Trinity);   BOWHS (f.n.) (Examining the Trinity);   Matthew 12:32 "whoever says something against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven" (Examining the Trinity)

Mt. 28:19
What does Mt. 28:19 mean? (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers; Quote from WT 2002 April 1st);   Mt. 28:19 " the NAME of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit" (Examining the Trinity);   Mt. 28:19 - NWT (Defending the NWT);   Does Mt. 28:19 prove that the Holy Spirit is God? (Search For Bible Truths);   Concerning Mt. 28:19... (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers);   2 Cor.13:14 "Jesus", "God", "and the...Holy Spirit" (Search For Bible Truths);   Shem Tov's Hebrew Matthew 14th century manuscripts (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers);   Some comments by scholars and translators (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers);   Online references that discuss the possible spurious origins of Matt. 28:19 (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers)

John 6:7-15
John 6:7-15 Holy Spirit as a "he" (Examining the Trinity);   Why, in John 16:7, is the holy spirit spoken of as a "helper"? (Examining the Trinity)

Acts 5:3,4
Acts 5:3, 4 Lied to the Holy Spirit...lied to God? (Examining the Trinity);   Acts 5:3 "play false" (In Defense of The New World Translation);   The Doctrine of the Trinity and Acts 5:3, 4 (Jehovah's Witnesses United);   The Holy Spirit - God's Active Force (Jehovah's Witnesses United)

Acts 8:29

Acts 10:38
"Anointed with Holy Spirit" (Examining the Trinity)

Acts 13:2

Acts 28:25
Acts 28:25 "The holy spirit aptly spoke through Isaiah" (Examining the Trinity)

Rom. 8:27
Rom. 8:27 (phronema) (In Defense of The New World Translation);   Rom. 8:27 - Why is the Greek word translated differently in the NWT? (Jehovah's Witnesses United);   Rom. 8:27 "Mind of the Spirit" (Examining the Trinity)

1 Cor. 12:11

2 Cor. 3:17
2 Cor. 3:17 "The Lord is the Spirit." (Examining the Trinity)

2 Cor. 13:14
2 Cor. 13:14 "the sharing in" (In Defense of The New World Translation);   2 Cor.13:14 "Jesus", "God", "and the...Holy Spirit" (Search For Bible Truths);  Holy Spirit, par. 31Note (13.) to HS, and Note (14.) to HS (Examining the Trinity);   2 Cor. 13:14 "Jesus", "God", "and the...Holy Spirit" (Examining the Trinity);   2 Cor.13:14 "Jesus", "God", "and the...Holy Spirit" (Examining the Trinity)

Eph. 4:30

1 John 5:7
Bible Book Number 62—1 John (si pp. 256-258; Watchtower Online Library);  1 John 5:7, 8 rs p. 405-p. 426; Watchtower Online Library)  Spirit (Insight-2 pp. 1017-1027; Watchtower Online Library)

The 'Johannine Comma' - 1 John 5:7 (In Defense of The New World Translation);   But Your Bible's Been Changed! (From God's Word);   Newton proved that the words in 1 John 5:7 were spurious... (Pastor Russell);   1 John 5:7 (KJV) (Examining the Trinity);   How does the accuracy of the New World Translation Bible compare to other translations? (Search For Bible Truths);   1 John 5:7 proof of the Trinity? (Search For Bible Truths);   "Word" and 1 John 5:7, KJV ("Oneness") (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers);   "Jehovah" in the New Testament (end notes) (Search For Bible Truths, 10th par. end note #1, 10th par. "Zondervan")

1 John 5:8
1 John 5:8 (Examining the Trinity);   Trinitarian reasoning - water and blood persons too? (Search For Bible Truths);   How can the Holy Spirit be "grieved"? (Search For Bible Truths);   What about scriptures that seem to show the Holy Spirit being personified? (Search For Bible Truths)

More material:
Trinity 'Proof' Texts Refuted (From In Defense of The New World Translation of The Holy Scriptures)

What is the Holy Spirit? (From the Official Website of Jehovah's Witnesses)
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