Holy Spirit in Christianity and the Bahá'í Faith

By Satey Bayat

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #81
Bosch Bahá'í School: Santa Cruz, California, USA
May 29 – June 1, 2008
(see list of papers from #81)

    `Abdu'l-Bahá frequently prayed for the friends that the Holy Spirit would assist them in all their endeavors.
    "At present, thou hast a lofty aspiration, and hast the desire to engage in every service. My hope is, that through a heavenly power, and a Lordly influence, and by the assistance of the Holy Spirit thou mayst be confirmed in distinguished services a service which thou dost think advisable and its success assured." SW v. 10, p. 330
    So who is this "Holy Spirit" and how it functions? How it relates to the Most Great Spirit and the person of God's manifestations and the revelations?

    In this article the concept of the Holy Spirit from the Christian and Islamic perspectives will be reviewed and our understanding of this concept from the Bahá'í Writings will be presented.

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