I’m reading a book about the Holy Spirit. I like it so far; stay tuned for the review. But obviously, reading about the Holy Spirit has me thinking about the Holy Spirit, and I realized that I’ve heard 2 schools of thought. Chalk it up to all of my bouncing around from church to church (and denomination to denomination). The first is that we don’t get the Holy Spirit inside of us until we become believers. The second is that the Holy Spirit is inside of us from the beginning, and we simply don’t recognize it or listen to it. Both camps take their belief as a given – I mean, it’s one of the very basic things about it.
So I was just wondering what all you readers thought, and now I’m taking a poll. Did the Spirit always exist in us and we just hone our ability to listen to it? Or did we get the Spirit when we became believers? And while I’m at it, I’ll follow it up with another question: How did you come to your belief? Was there a verse you read about it or was it what you were taught?
Curious minds want to know. So either comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.