Do Protestants have the Holy Spirit? No, I am not judging individuals’ hearts here, not at all. I’m asking because the last time I attended one of their temples (after I’d been “cleared” at the door, the door guard making sure I had no anti-Calvinist literature on me that would endanger the spiritual life of those present), the opening song was something like this: “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me…lalalala”….and more of the same.
That was the weirdest song: How many times then do we receive the Holy Spirit? And that song in a Calvinist church? I rolled my eyes, and one of the elders saw me (seriously). After the thing that they referred to as a “service,”(“it’s your DUTY to tithe and WE’RE WATCHING who is taking communion.” No joke), I asked said elder the same question…how many times do we receive the Holy Spirit?
“It’s up to God,” he said.
“Really?” I asked, “So, theoretically, one could be reborn many times then?”
“Yes, of course,” he answered, and then screamed something at his wife.
Back to your image: The collective good? Whose collective good? Who is included in this collective good? Who decides what the collective good is? Collective good? My collective consciousness (me, myself, I) tells me “collective good” is a propagandist tool that means something quite the opposite, almost a twisted kind of aptronym with some irony on the side. Like shoes made of dead skin.
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