Saturday, April 14, 2007

Invincible Argument for Filioque

John 15:26 proves that the Holy Spirit only proceeds through Christ temporally

This is how St. Thomas Aquinas argues in Summa Contra Gentiles: The Son says that He sends the Holy Spirit: "When the Paraclete cometh, Whom I will send you from the Father" [Jn 15:26]. My Orthodox brethren agree that the Holy Ghost is True God; thus, the Son has authority not of dominion (e.g. a king rules over a land), superiority (e.g. John is holier than Jack), or seniority (e.g . a general is ranked higher than a colonel), but of origin. Therefore it is undeniable that the Holy Ghost is sent by (proceeds from) the Son and not only the Father.

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