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6. What is the Holy Spirit? (Commentary)

Question:

Hello,

In this answer:
What is the Holy Spirit? it is proffered that Gabriel and the Holy Spirit are one in the same. However, while including some of Luke chapter 1, the article quite explicitly excluded this most-relevant verse (the material within the []s is my addition) - Luk 1:35 (YLT):

"And the messenger [Gabriel] answering said to her: ‘The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee, therefore also the holy-begotten thing shall be called Son of God;"

Clarification on the nature of this omission would be nice.

Thank you for your time. May the truth flow... One Love, David.

ِAnswer:

The published article was trying to clarify the truth about the holy spirit or ghost, mentioned in both the Qur’an and the Bible. The arguments followed therein were that monotheism is the comon message of all prophets, that the trinity dogma was an innovation gradually introduced to Christianity - away from the teachings of Jesus. Consequently, the decisive reference should be  the Qur’an, the only authentic unaltered word of the One God (for proofs visit: www.islam-for-everyone.com, www.todayislam.com or www.it-is-truth.org). Consistently, the Qur’an mentions the holy spirit referring to the angel Gabriel, sent to support and guide the prophets, including Muhammad, Jesus and others (see: An-Nahl, 16: 106; Al-Baqarah, 2: 87 and 253; Al-Ma`idah, 5: 110). He was the the angel sent to the Virgin Mary giving her glad tidings of her pregnancy and birth of Jesus - through the will and word of God “Be”: “That is Jesus, son of Maryam, in word of truth, concerning which they are wrangling. In no way is it for Allah to take Him a  a child. Hymned be He

When He decrees a Command, then He only says to it.”Be!” and it is (Maryam, 19: 34-35).  Similarly was the first human-being “Adam” created from earthly matter by the will and word of God “Be”: “Surely the likeness of Jesus in the Providence of Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He (Allah) created him of dust, thereafter He said to him, “Be!” and he is” (Al-`Imran, 3:59).

In contrast to the authentic Qur’an, the Bible is a collection of human writings that were, centuries later, considered ”holy” by the Church. So we cannot accept Luke 1: 35, or any other such human statement that contradicts a proven fact of science or history, or an authentic text, or is in self-conflict with other passages of the same Bible. Further, Luke who, a disciple of Paul (neither of Jesus nor of any of his disciples) was reflecting the Pauline version of Christianity [deifying Jesus as a “begotten son of God (the Highest)”, and both together with the “Holy Spirit” forming the “Trinity”, a concept borrowed from pagan beliefs]. Recall also that the Gospel of Luke was not written as a holy book to start with, but was rather a personal message from Luke to his friend Theophilus  :” 3Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught”. The “Acts” was similarly introduced: “1In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen”. It is so obvious that the writer of either or both books (Gospel of Luke and the Acts) would have never imagined that his message(s) to a friend would one day be taken as a part of a ‘Holy” book!! Thanks