Margreet de Heer

Pentecost

May 19, 2013 by  
Filed under NBM Blog

It’s the Christian feast of Pentecost today – but what’s it all about? It celebrates “the descent of the Holy Spirit” on the disciples and other followers of Jesus, fifty days after Christ was seen to ascend to heaven.

But what is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is often thought of as an inspirational force, an impulse to go out and create something, to pass something on. Together with God the Father and Jesus the Son it makes up the Holy Trinity.

Holy Trinity? But wait, isn’t Christianity supposed to be monotheistic – doesn’t it have only one true God, not three?

The early Christians solved this conundrum by declaring God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit three aspects of one God. So – there’s one True God, and He may manifest himself in either of these three ways. But He’s still the same One and you can’t really distinguish between the works of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Confused? Well, that’s why it’s called mysticism. Maybe this comic I made illuminates it a bit:

 

 

(Note to all who may feel offended by my depiction of God: I chose to draw Him as an amoeba because that’s the beginning of all life, unformed but with the potential to take any form. Also, it’s what we ourselves are made from, and all life that surrounds us. Omnipresent, so to speak.)

 

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One Response to “Pentecost”
  1. Boze Buurman says:

    Ik weet niet of het de bedoeling was, maar het doet mij denken aan hindoeisme. Het hindoeisme een een polytheistische godsdienst, en ze hebben dus heel veel Goden en Godinnen, en iedere gelovige mag zelf kiezen welke God of Godin ze willen aanbidden.
    Maar er zijn ook hindoes die geloven dat al die Goden en Godinnen eigenlijk alleem maar manifestaties zijn van één en dezelfde goddelijke macht.

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