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The Difference Between Jesus and the Holy Spirit


I received an e-mail today and I wanted to respond publicly because it is a question I receive somewhat frequently. The person wrote, “I notice that you have never mention the name Jesus, although very occasionally you have said son of man. May I ask why? Seems to me that you treat all three separately, not together as a Trinity. I am being open minded and wish to learn why you are a bit different. Many thanks and blessings, Judith.”

Now before I respond, I also want to note that another common question I receive is, “Why do you talk about the Holy Spirit so much instead of Jesus? Where is Jesus in all of this?”

I often reply to people very simply by directing them to our “About” page, which shares quite a bit about what we “believe.”

I put the word “believe” in quotes because the words I’m about to share with you truly fall short of directly experiencing this Divine Presence within yourself. The words can only go so far in conveying a framework or understanding that is truly beyond what words can impart. Intellectually understanding this Divine Consciousness within us is often a first step, but my true passion and mission is to help people directly experience this Divine Awareness for themselves, which is why so much of our time and efforts go towards teaching people our techniques for doing that.

So here’s my response to the question…

The Holy Spirit is not a separate being or entity. It is the Divine Consciousness, the Divine Awareness, within all of creation that shares in the awareness of God. (You are free to use whatever words you want to describe this all-encompassing Source that we are all part of, which we call God. Here are some common words that people like to use for God: Spirit, Source, Beingness, I Am Presence, Father, Mother, Creator, All That Is, Love, Universal Mind, Cosmic Consciousness, and the list go on…

This Divine Awareness or Voice within us that we often call “Holy Spirit” shares in the awareness of God and serves as the eternal reminder within ourselves of the Truth of who we are, that we are Love and remain as we were created to be. This Voice for Love within all of creation guides each of us in restoring our awareness to love, peace, understanding, compassion, and oneness.

Jesus was a living demonstration of one who dedicated himself to joining with this divine awareness within him and sharing it with the world. It was through his tremendous dedication to hearing only this Divine Voice in his life and sharing this Voice with others that he transcended the world and fully restored his awareness to God.

It is true that Jesus is a child of God, but so are we all. We are all a child of God, because we are all an extension of God. It is because we are all part of God that we all have the ability to experience what Jesus did in his lifetime. We all have the ability to join with, experience, hear, and share this divine awareness and voice within us. We all have the ability to hear and share the Holy Spirit in our lives.

We do not specifically focus on Jesus in The Voice for Love because because we all have the ability to work directly with the Holy Spirit just as Jesus demonstrated and taught. Jesus was a unique expression of the Holy Spirit in the world, but we are all unique expressions of the Holy Spirit in the world. We all have the ability to connect with and share this divine voice within us through our unique expressions. Our unique expressions are the culmination of our unique personalities, life experiences, educations, backgrounds, beliefs, etc. Everything about us forms our unique expression in the world. We can express the voice for God or the voice for judgment. We can express the Voice for Love (Holy Spirit), or the voice for fear. And we are constantly choosing between these two voices in any given moment. Do we want to express the voice of Holy Spirit? Or the voice of the ego?

As an organization, The Voice for Love is dedicated to helping people go within themselves to connect with, experience, hear, and share this Divine Voice or awareness within them, by whatever name they want to call it. It doesn’t matter what we call that divine part of our Self. What matters is that we seek it out, experience it, and learn to integrate that awareness into our daily lives so we can truly live in the ways that we dream of. For most of us, that means living a life filled with love, peace, understanding, compassion, connection, unity, fulfillment, and joy.

These are the qualities and experiences that joining with and experiencing the Holy Spirit within us can give us. This is the life that we can all have by developing a relationship with this divine teacher and comforter we all have within us.

I hope this answers some of your questions. I know it will spur new questions as well. More than anything, I hope it inspires you to seek this divine connection, awareness, and experience within yourself. We have dedicated the past 10 years of our lives to creating a simple, repeatable, and effective way for people to experience this Divine Presence within them. For more information about how to experience this for yourself, please take a look at these two resources below:

5-Steps to Hearing God’s Voice 30-Day Course

5-Steps to Hearing God’s Voice book

Many blessings to you,

DavidPaul Doyle

P.S. Not long ago, I was interviewed by a Christian minister on his weekly radio show. It was a pretty controversial interview, but also incredible, one of my favorites of all time. It’s also the most commented blog post we’ve ever had. Click this link to listen to the interview. You’ll see why so many have people commented on it!

  • Skylab9999

    Do you understand that one needs to be baptized into the Holy Spirit.  The outpouring of the Spirit  upon the diciples at Pentecost was accompanied by the physical manifestations of “a sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind”

  • Guest

    Jesus said:”I am the Truth, The Life and the Way, nobody comes to the Father except through  me.” Although you teaching about the Holy Spirit, – IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS. He came to die for us and set us free from the bondage of sin. If this is not you ULTIMATE message, you are surely missing the plot! God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is the Divine Trinity, THREE PERSONS in ONE. The more I read your stuff, the more it seems that you are twisting the Word, to suite people, maybe a little NEW AGE “beliefs” in there? Please don’t please people by telling them what they want to hear. Rather please God and tell the people the TRUTH. Study the Word and ask the TRUE HOLY SPIRIT to   guide you, before you write stuff to mislead the masses.

  • You are right that Jesus said that, but which Voice do you think he was speaking with? If Jesus was the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, then he was indeed speaking the Voice of the Holy Spirit. If you wish, you can read those words again as if the Holy Spirit were speaking them and see what you hear.

    Jesus is a beautiful expression of the Holy Spirit. We simply choose to teach people how to connect with the Holy Spirit directly so they can have their own personal relationship with the that Divine Voice within them, just as Jesus demonstrated.

    Did Jesus not say these things about the Holy Spirit?

    John 14:16-18


    16And I will ask the Father, and
    he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17the Spirit of
    truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.
    But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18I will not
    leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

    John 14:26


    26But the Counselor, the Holy
    Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and
    will remind you of everything I have said to you.

    John 16:13


    13But when he, the Spirit of
    truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own;
    he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

    It certainly sounds to me as if Jesus is specifically encouraging people to directly listen to the Holy Spirit themselves.

    Many blessings to you…

  • Roger Hawkins

    DavidPaul What a beautiful and clear explanation of simply what is. You have a deep  understanding of these divine truths . It is obvious to me the source of this understanding.This simple truth is a further attestation of what you have stated. Keep up the great work that you and all of the folks associated with the Voice for Love are doing. Love and blessings to you all Roger

  • Roger Hawkins

    DavidPaul What a beautiful and clear explanation of simply what is. You have a deep  understanding of these divine truths . It is obvious to me the source of this understanding.This simple truth is a further attestation of what you have stated. Keep up the great work that you and all of the folks associated with the Voice for Love are doing. Love and blessings to you all Roger

  • Roger Hawkins

    DavidPaul What a beautiful and clear explanation of simply what is. You have a deep  understanding of these divine truths . It is obvious to me the source of this understanding.This simple truth is a further attestation of what you have stated. Keep up the great work that you and all of the folks associated with the Voice for Love are doing. Love and blessings to you all Roger

  • Sally

    What I love and find so deeply profound and meaningful about the Voice for Love approach is that it doesn’t promote “beliefs” but encourages and is based upon “direct experience”, so anyone regardless of his/her beliefs and convictions can deepen within his/her spiritual life. Voice for Love is heart based so by nature it includes ALL and excludes none. 

  • Thank you, Roger. Good to hear from you. I appreciate your thoughts. Many blessings to you!

  • Thank you, Sally. You are absolutely right. We believe that everyone is part of God, a divine extension of God, and that we are all capable of having a rich and fulfilling direct experience with this aspect of our Self. Lots of love to you!

  • Angelaveii

    Listening to the interview I felt so inspired, uplifted, comforted and completely in union with what you had to share and express. It was a healing experience and a great model how to handle a confrontation like this.  I am really impressed how you handled the questions. To me it was clear that Holy Spirit was coming directly through your voice.  For years now I avoided these kind of confrontations, because they used to throw me emotionally off balance and caused me and my conversational partner ending up in ego mode more often than not. You encourage me to trust the Holy Spirit in these kind of conversations to reach out in love to someone who is well intended, but still caught up in concepts and understandings that I can only perceive as very limited and separating.

  • We all already have the Holy Spirit within us whether we are aware of it or not. The Holy Spirit is part of us, since we are all part of God. Being baptized is an intention and a ritual that we perform to be aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence within us, and in our lives. The Holy Spirit is already there within everyone, but it is up to us to choose to be aware of that presence and connection within us. 

    No person or ritual can bring God closer to us, since we are all already fully joined with God and One with Him. Yet through our efforts, rituals, practices, and everything else we do, we are able to bring this Truth into our awareness and experience as a living reality.

    It is through our efforts and dedication that we become aware of what has been there within us all along. You already have God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus within you. You are already One with all of them … and every one else in the world. Now it is time for all of us to experience that Reality in a very real and tangible way. And that is what we help people do through our work.

  • Thanks Angela. I assume you are referring to the interview I reference above: http://www.thevoiceforlove.com/community/my-most-controversial-christian-radio-interview/

    I really enjoyed that interview a lot. It’s rare that I get that opportunity. I imagine he gave some good food for thought for his listeners, as well as ours. Thank you for following your heart!

  • Maija

    You answered the question so beautifully!  Thank you.
    I will try to be just as lucid when similar questions arise in my life.
     Maija (pronounced Mya) in Toronto.

  • Bobby

    My name is Bobby.  First of all to David Paul rock on.  I loved your references to John 14 and 16.  There is also a reference to the Holy Spirit in John 15.  I am also a Christian.  I have been wanting to have a conversation with God.  I purchased a different series about how to hear God’s voice, but there is too much of an emphasis on journaling.  It’s a good series except it is not 100% practical when it comes to the conversational aspect of hearing God’s voice.  Then the Holy Spirit led me to the voice for love.  WOW!  I purchased the mp3 download of the five steps thirty day course.  I have listened to quite a bit of it, and this morning when I woke up I had a one hour conversation with the Holy Spirit.  There is nothing in that course that says I can’t be a Christian or whatever faith I happen to be.  I believe this course teaches people how to have a conversation with God just like people living in the time of Jesus did.  This course has deepened my relationship with God.  If something brings me closer to God then it must be from God.  Also if you read Acts chapter 2 I bet before the Holy Spirit filled all those people in the upper room I bet they were in a loving state first.  They felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, and I am sure they thanked God for His presence.  Then they expressed God’s voice out loud.  I can’t remember the number of the verse off hand but it says that they spoke as the Spirit gave them utterance.  The Holy Spirit was inside of them filling them, and they spoke.  No doubt they embodied God’s voice and validated the experience they had.  Throughout the remainder of their lives they shared the messages of the Holy Spirit to whoever would hear the messages.  No doubt they had lots of conversations with the Holy Spirit, too.  How else could they get through the difficulties in their lives!  I would encourage anyone reading this post with an open heart and mind to go through this course.  It is money well spent.  Blessings to you and blessings to the voice for love team.