Thread: The Holy Spirit
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Old 10th February 2013, 07:40 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Originally Posted by Dan A View Post
A while back you mentioned (if I understood you correctly) that the Holy Spirit did not result from the perfect love the Father has for the Son and that the Son has for the Father.

The Son proceeds eternally from the Father. The Spirit proceeds eternally from the Father and the Son (as from one principle, not two). The Son is not produced as a result of the Father's knowledge of himself. Nor is the Spirit produced as a result of the love of the Father for the Son, and the Son for the Father.

Such a claim takes an analogy, and treats it as if it were literal.

The Spirit cannot literally be the love between the Father and the Son, for then the love of God would be only in the Spirit, and the other attributes of God would not be in the Spirit.

The three Persons are each consubstantial; each shares fully in the one Divine Nature.
Ron Conte
Roman Catholic theologian
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