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"Jesus therefore predicts that God will later send a human being to Earth ..."


Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, the Qur'n, and Science
"If the words 'Holy Spirit' (to pneuma to agion) are omitted from the passage, the complete text of John then conveys a meaning which is perfectly clear. It is confirmed moreover, by another text from the same evangelist, the First Letter, where John uses the same word 'Paraclete' simply to mean Jesus, the intercessor at God's side. According to John, when Jesus says (14, 16): 'And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete', what He is saying is that 'another' intercessor will be sent to man, as He Himself was at God's side on man's behalf during his earthly life."

"Jesus's last Dialogues
The Paraclete of John's Gospel

John is the only evangelist to report the episode of the last dialogue with the Apostles. It takes place at the end of the Last supper and before Jesus's arrest. It ends in a very long speech: four chapters in John's Gospel (14 to 17) are devoted to this narration which is not mentioned anywhere in the other Gospels. These chapters of John nevertheless deal with questions of prime importance and fundamental significance to the future outlook. They are set out with all the grandeur and solemnity that characterises the farewell scene between Master and His disciples...

The dominating feature of this narration—seen in the crowning speech—is the view of man's future that Jesus describes, His care in addressing His disciples, and through them the whole of humanity, His recommendations and commandments and His concern to specify who the guide is definitely to be that man must follow after His departure. The text of John's Gospel is the only one to designate Him as Parakletos in Greek, which in English has become 'Paraclete'...

This name or title translated from the Greek is only used in the New Testament by John: he uses it four times in his account of Jesus's speech after the Last Supper (14, 16 and 26; 15, 26; 16, 7) and once in his First Letter (2,1). In John's Gospel the word is applied to the Holy Spirit; in the Letter it refers to Christ. 'Paraclete' was a term in current usage among the Hellenist Jews, First century A.D., meaning 'intercessor', 'defender' (...) Jesus predicts that the Spirit will be sent by the Father and Son. Its mission will be to take the place of the Son in the role he played during his mortal life as a helper for the benefit of his disciples. The Spirit will intervene and act as a substitute for Christ, adopting the role of Paraclete or omnipotent intercessor.'

This commentary therefore makes the Holy Spirit into the ultimate guide of man after Jesus's departure. How does it square with John's text?...

The two Greek verbs 'akoub' and 'laleo' therefore define concrete actions which can only be applied to a being with hearing and speech organs. It is consequently impossible to apply them to the Holy Spirit.

For this reason, the text of this passage from John's Gospel, as handed down to us in Greek manuscripts, is quite incomprehensible, if one takes it as a whole, including the words 'Holy Spirit' in passage 14, 26: 'But the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name' etc. It is the only passage in John's Gospel that identifies the Paraclete with the Holy Spirit.

If the words 'Holy Spirit' (to pneuma to agion) are omitted from the passage, the complete text of John then conveys a meaning which is perfectly clear. It is confirmed moreover, by another text from the same evangelist, the First Letter, where John uses the same word 'Paraclete' simply to mean Jesus, the intercessor at God's side. According to John, when Jesus says (14, 16): 'And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete', what He is saying is that 'another' intercessor will be sent to man, as He Himself was at God's side on man's behalf during his earthly life.

According to the rules of logic therefore, one is brought to see in John's Paraclete a human being like Jesus, possessing the faculties of hearing and speech formally applied in John's Greek text, Jesus therefore predicts that God will later send a human being to Earth to take up the role defined by John i.e. to be a prophet who hears God's words and repeats his message to man. This is the logical interpretation of John's texts arrived at if one attributes to the words their proper meaning."

Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, the Qur'n, and Science
Islamic Book Service (January 1, 2001), pp. 112-5




"I am the Adi Shakti (Holy Spirit/Paraclete). I am the one who has come on this Earth for the first time in this form to do this tremendous task . The more you understand this the better it would be. You will change tremendously. I knew I'll have to say that openly one day and we have said it. But now it is you people who have to prove it that I am that!"

The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Sydney, Australia—March 21, 1983
"As we have observed, one of Jesus' most startling roles with respect to the world was to show up the emptiness of its pretensions, to expose by his light the darkness of the world for what it is (3:19-21; 7:7; 15:22, 24). ... how will that convicting work be continued? It is continued by the Paraclete, who drives home this conviction in the world precisely because Jesus is no longer present to discharge this task. Undoubtedly this kind of conviction is driven home to the world primarily through Jesus' followers who, empowered by the Holy Spirit, live their lives in such growing conformity to Christ that the same impact on the world is observed as when Jesus himself lived out his life before the world." (Carson 1990, 538)




"I know all ... but I have not revealed it so far. It will be slowly revealed by me because people have not been prepared yet to become capable of absorbing it."

The Paraclete
Shri Mataji
Bombay, India—February 26, 1987

Apocalypse depicted in Christian Orthodox traditional fresco scenes in Osogovo Monastery, Republic of Macedonia
Apocalypse depicted in Christian Orthodox
traditional fresco scenes in Osogovo
Monastery, Republic of Macedonia
Apocalypse
is "A disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, i.e. the veil to be lifted." The word is derived from the Greek apokalupsis, a term applied to revelation or disclosure of what already exists, though hitherto it has been hidden, or only imperfectly known." The Fourth Gospel portrays Jesus giving his disciples the assurance that the Spirit/Paraclete will be the voice of the glorified Jesus himself. I have said these things while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. (Jn 14.25-6) The Spirit/Paraclete will bring the past to memory, but the Spirit/Paraclete will be the voice of the glorified Jesus teaching in new situations in the present. However, this new teaching will be anchored in the Jesus of the past, because the Spirit/Paraclete will be speaking anew on behalf of Jesus." (Rush 2009, 23)
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