|Lesson 5 |
I am finding this course very challenging, both as regards content and my current beliefs, although there is much that is still found in traditional Christianity. I have always accepted the Holy Spirit as the third person of the holy Trinity providing a Guide and Helper to all who believe. The Holy Spirit came down on the disciples after Jesus' ascension, not so much to remind them of the truths that Jesus had told them, but to give them power and support to preach this new Gospel. The disciples were filled with the Holy Ghost and fearlessly went out immediately to start their preaching..
The Holy Spirit fills us all as we believe and provides us with the way to come closer to God. He is always there whether we realize it or not, to give us help in whatever way He sees best for us when we ask. The prayer included in this lesson is valuable to teach us to trust in Him and accept his guidance on all matters. The more we use the prayer, the more the Holy Spirit will fill our hearts and minds and souls to become truer disciples and therefore closer to God. By showing the 'little willingness' to accept His guidance, we can develop a 'big willingness' to serve God in whatever way we are called. By surrendering ourselves completely to Him, all our problems, doubts, fears etc will be swept away and we shall find the true way where we should be heading.
I find the concept of the Holy Spirit shown in the 'Course' fascinating in its interpretation and going further than I have considered before. I am learning much that is new on a number of different aspects of Christian thinking, and believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed the 'bridge to God'. The Holy Spirit has been with us since the beginning of time when 'the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters' at the creation of the world (Genesis 1 v 2) and is therefore nothing new in biblical terms.
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