I’ve become a little obsessed with the Holy Spirit lately. Obviously, one can’t really have a favorite member of the Trinity; especially since they are so unconnectable. Perhaps it is because the Holy Spirit has the least definition as a member of the Trinity, perhaps I wasn’t perfectly catechized since Vatican II (I doubt this since I went to a super Catholic school, but it is a prevailing general opinion), maybe it is that I’ve recently become rather attached to the filioque or perhaps I’ve been listening to too much Dr. Scott Hahn, but the fact remains that the Holy Spirit is fascinating me.
I was reading the news today and stumbled upon this article regarding the upcoming Noah, starring Russell Crowe. My first question was whether or not the clean animals for sacrifice would be included in the movie, but apparently there is a whole other storm a ‘brewing!
“Moore says Aronofsky’s Noah is not in the more literal vein of the blockbuster Bible series produced for the History channel by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. ‘They’ve been very effective in terms of communicating to and being embraced by a Christian audience,’ says Moore. ‘This movie has a lot more creativity to it. And therefore, if you want to put it on the spectrum, it probably is more accurate to say this movie is inspired by the story of Noah.'” (emphasis mine)
I noticed that, in this instance and often when the word creative/creativity is used, is it more or less code for story-telling or taking license or maybe just not being true to reality. Basically, the gist of the article is that the story isn’t the bible Noah, exactly, on purpose. The interesting thing is, this term: creative/creativity is closely associated with (ba-da-da-da-da-daaaaa) the Holy Spirit. ” Thou shalt send forth thy spirit, and they shall be created,” (Ps 103:30) “In the beginning God created heaven, and earth. And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God moved over the waters. And God said: Be light made. And light was made.” (Gen 1:1-3) The incident with Solomon’s gift of the Holy Spirit which gave him the ability to create God’s dwelling on earth and allusions to the Holy Spirit’s involvement with the new creation in Romans 8.
I’m re-listening to one of the St. Paul Center’s audio studies and Dr. Hahn was talking about the reality of the truth of God. Basically, God is thought, word and action; in one. If God thinks something/expresses something: it is. (Gen 1:3.) Not because God can’t “not do something” but because well, God is God. In fact, the bible begins with a creation story, because God, by his nature, is creative. So, if God is truth, and the Holy Spirit is God, and the Holy Spirit is also heavily associated with creativity, how did we get to: creativity is a half-truth?
Maybe it is the same reason that I firmly believe: “You are what you eat.” But I always want sugar, not veggies. It satisfies me in the moment, it is faster, easier… but it isn’t the right choice. Let’s face it, I can buy a candy bar at the grocery store, but that doesn’t make it “food.” Maybe the first place we need to be honest, is with ourselves.