The Oneness of God:
O People of the Scripture! Do not speak lies against Allah, but speak the Truth. That Jesus Christ, son of Mary, was a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not “Trinity.” Desist! It is better for you. For Allah is one God.
Does it surprise you that the word “Trinity” is not in a single verse of the Bible? Neither does it appear in any early Christian writing. The Ebonites, the Corinthians, the Basilidians, the Capocratians and Hypisistarians had never heard of the Trinity. They worshiped God as He is described in the Old Testiment. The fact is that it was a doctrine invented by Emperor Constantine and a troupe of bishops at the Council of Nicea in the 4th Century AD. The Doctrine of the Trinity was then forced on Christians by threat of death, and the previous tradition, Unitarian Christianity, was exterminated completely.
Hear, O Israel, The LORD our God in one LORD
Jesus worships the Father as his Lord, and teaches others to do the same. Consider this:
If there arise among you a prophet… saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet.
Jesus called the Jews to the God they knew. The God of the Old Testiment, who said:
I [am] the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; Thou shalt have none other gods before Me.
It was God the Father who said this to Moses, not god the son. Jesus forbid the following of prophets who called to gods unknown to Israel and they did not know a triune god. To worship the son is to worship another god before the Father.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or he will hold to one, and despise the other.
Whom do you serve? The Father or the son?
Divinity of Christ,
The doctrine of the Trinity holds that the Father and the son are co-equals in one God. It teaches that the Father is God, and the son is God, but the Father is not the son. The evidence for Christ’s divinity is most commonly argued from 3 verses. John 1:1, John 10:30 and John 3:16. If God Wills I will examine these verses and show they do not provide evidence for the divinity of Christ. Further, I will show that Jesus was not equal to the Father, but is a servant who submits to His Will… the very definition of “Muslim.”
Language is everything. If you don’t study the scriptures in the original language you will be the victim of the biases and interpolations of men seeking power, men such as King James. All the books of the New Testament were recorded in Greek, not Aramaic, so the original words of Jesus in their original language are lost. But despite the broken chain a tremendous amount can be learned about the message of Jesus by studying the Greek.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Christian and Islamic theologies agree that Jesus was the Word of God.
The angels said: O Mary! God giveth thee glad tiding of a Word from Him. His name will be Jesus Christ.
So, John 1:1 seems to say that Jesus is God. Jesus is the Word, and the Word was God. It’s an honest mistake, but the Truth is instantly revealed when one examines this verse in the Greek language.
εν αρχη ην ο λογος και ο λογος ην προς τον θεον και θεος ην ο λογος
The word here translated as “word” is λογος, or logos. This is inaccurate. Logos in ancient Greek means reason or intellect. The word for “word” is λεςη, or lexi. We see these roots in some English words. “Lexicon”, and “lecture” are derived from lexi. While “logic” and “logarithm” are derived from logos. So the verse more accurately reads:
In the beginning was the Intellect, and the Intellect was with God, and the Intellect was God.
God is His intellect… not His word. His reason and intellect are part of His being. His words are part of His creation. And far am I from the worship of created things.
I and the Father are one.
εγω και ο πατηρ εν εσμεν
The word here translated as “one” is εν, or hen. While it is correctly translated as “one”, the Greek word carries nuances that are not obvious in the English. Hen is used to mean, in agreement or of like mind, not to mean being of one person. This verse is misunderstood because it is not read in context. The full narrative begins with John 10:23 were Jesus is talking to the Jews in the temple regarding the followers of Christ, here called sheep.
John 10:28-30 …neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand; My Father which gave them to me, is greater than all, and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand; I and the Father are one.
These verses cannot possibly mean that the Father and son are one as co-equals because just the verse before Jesus says the Father is greater than ALL. How can the Father be greater than ALL if He is equal to the son? The Father is greater than Jesus, not his co-equal, as stated later in the same book.
… I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
Clearly the meaning of hen is that Jesus and the Father are alike, or in agreement, that no man can pluck the sheep out of either’s hand, otherwise we are left with a contradiction just a sentence apart. “All” includes everyone, even Jesus. We see the word hen used later in the same book.
…That they all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us. That the world may believe that Thou hast sent me; And the glory which Thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.
In this verse, the same word hen is used, not only to describe Jesus and the Father, but to describe Jesus, the Father and the disciples. So if “I and the Father are one.” implies co-equal divinity than, “they may be one, even as we are one.” must also imply co-equal divinity and Christianity must also worship the disciples. The obvious meaning is that to be “one with God” means to be in agreement, or of like mind, as is implied by the Greek language.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Ουτως γαρ ηγαπησεν ο θεος τον κοσμον ωστε τον υιον Αυτου τον μονογενη εδωκεν ινα πας ο πιστευων εις Αυτον μη αποληται αλλ εχη ζωην αιωνιον
There is no more famous verse in the whole Bible, and no preacher is worth his salt who does not memorize it. It is not so remarkable that Jesus would claim to be the son of God. In Hebrew “son of God” means the same thing as “servant of God.” The expression is used throughout the Old Testament. Consider what the prophet David says:
I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art My son
David was not the literal son of God, but a prophet. Confusion occurs when the message is translated into Greek, a pagan language. In Greek “son of god” means a literal decedent of a god, and himself a god. Like Hercules the son of Zeus, Balder the son of Odin and Horus the son of Ra. But Jesus didn’t speak Greek. Aramaic, like Hebrew and Arabic is a monotheist language. In Semitic languages “son of God” means “servant of God.”
What makes this verse different from others is the word μονογενη, or monogenh, here translated, “only begotten.” To say that God has a begotten son is a remarkable statement. The Quran disagrees.
Say, He is God, the One! God the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor was He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.
Everything rests upon this word, monogenh, which appears elsewhere in the Bible:
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son.
Same word, same translation. The problem is Abraham had two sons. Isaac(Genesis 17:19) and Ishmael (Genesis 16:11). So either you believe that the Book of Hebrews contradicts the Book of Genesis, or you believe that monogenh has another meaning.
Monogenh is a cognate of μονον and γενον, monos and genos. Monos means, “unique” or “one of a kind” not “only.” This is why the term can be applied to Isaac. Isaac is not Abraham’s only son, but he is unique because Isaac and Ishmael had different mothers. Genes, as in Genesis, means “created” or “begun”… not “begotten.” The word for begotten is δημιουργω, or dimiourgo, which appears in neither verse. So the verse accurately more reads:
For God so loved the world that He gave His uniquely created prophet.
To the Jews he preached to the arrival of a “uniquely created prophet” is a clear reference to the Messiah, who’s miraculous birth is foretold in previous scriptures:
Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son.
Being a virgin birth does not make Jesus the begotten son of God, and it does not make him divine, it makes him the Messiah foretold in the Torah… a unique prophet.
Now consider this:
God is not a man… neither the Son of Man…
The Son of Man is another term for the Messiah. Jesus is referred to as the “Son of Man” 88 times in the New Testament. For example:
For as the lightning cometh out of the East, and shineth even unto the West, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.
God is all knowing… but Jesus is not.
Of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in the heaven, neither the son, but the Father.
God is the author of revelation unto mankind… but Jesus is not.
Jesus answered them and said, My doctrine is not mine, but is His that sent me.
God is the possessor of divine Will… but Jesus is not.
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father.
This is Islam by definition. The submission to the divine Will, taught in your book, not mine.
Your belief in the divinity of Jesus is not scriptural… it is predicated entirely upon the witness of miracles in his name. But I have seen miracles in the name of Allah, and I have seen miracles in the name of strange pagan gods. No miracle occurs without the permission of the Father, and He permits miracles to people of all faiths. If you persist in the worship of the son and not the Father you will find yourself amongst the people on the Day of Judgment to whom Jesus said this:
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Part I: Letter to a Christian Missionary
Part II: The Oneness of God
Part III: The Satanic Verses
Part IV: Muhammad in the Bible
Part V: Pray as the Prophets prayed