Perspectives on the Holy GhostBy: Mormon Heretic
I was surprised when Hawkgrrrl’s post about Patriarchy and Political Oppression turned to a discussion on the gender of the Holy Ghost. I don’t have anything definitive to add to the gender issue, but I would like to open a discussion.
A few years ago, I listened to some classes from the Covenant Theological Seminary, run by the Presbyterian Church. They offer degrees in theology and allow you to listen to some of the classes for free. I have found these classes intensely interesting, and have learned a ton of information about ancient Christianity. As part of these discussions, they talked about the evolution of the Trinity.
As the mother of Christ, Mary holds a unique role. Some ancient Christians have talked about God the Father, God the Son, and perhaps Mary is God the Mother–a sort of holy family trinity. While Mormons don’t subscribe to the Trinity doctrine, I think this approach to the Godhead would have some appeal to Mormons, especially considering the words to the Mormon hymn, “Oh My Father.”
I find this concept that the Holy Ghost could be female especially fascinating, but I am far from decided on the issue. Given Mormon theology that husband and wife cannot be exalted without each other, does it make sense that the Holy Ghost could in fact be female?
A Mormon by the name of Lance Richardson wrote a book called The Message. Lance had a Near Death Experience, spending a considerable amount of time in a medically induced coma. Lance recounted moving experiences of meeting with loved ones who had passed on before. A cousin named Randy had passed on before; Randy related to Lance how he was assisting his family. Randy told Lance,
“There are many powerful, wonderful spirits who are being called home right now, that they can better help their families prepare for that which is about to take place in your world. One of the major reasons many of us are here is to serve and help those in mortality….”
I had never understood nor thought of how God delivers assistance to us. With billions of children, what more perfect plan could he use than through righteous family members? It made me think about how often I may have been given inspiration from God through ministering “family” servants of God. I could believe it was truth. And once again I felt that burning warmth inside, testifying to me that it was.
Randy discussed meeting men and women on the other side that help us through times of struggle. Now I’m sure there are plenty of scriptures you can provide “proving” that the Holy Ghost is a “he” rather than a “she.” Could it be that “we” are the Holy Ghost when we become one with God?
I have given a few different perspectives here on the Holy Ghost, and I am open to others. Do you think any of these perspectives have merit?