“Or have they (mankind) chosen gods from the earth who raise the dead If there were therein gods besides Allah then verily both (the heavens and the earth) would have gone to ruin. Glorified be Allah, the Lord of the throne from all they ascribe (unto Him)”
The noble Qur’an, Al-Anbia(21):21-22
“Allah coineth a similitude: A man in relation to whom are several partners quarreling, and a man belonging wholly to one man. Are the two equal in similitude? Praise be to Allah, but most of them know not.”
The noble Qur’an, Al-Zumar(39):27.
In other words, which would be more conducive of harmony: For an employee to have two bosses quarreling over him, or for each employee to have only one boss?
“Say (O Muhammad, to the disbelievers): If there were other gods along with Him, as they say, then they would have sought a way against the Lord of the Throne. Glorified is He, and High Exalted above what they say! The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein praise Him, and there is not a thing but hymns his praise; but you understand not their praise. Lo! He is ever Clement, Forgiving.”
The noble Qur’an, Al-Israa(17):42-44.
“And say: Praise be to Allah, Who has not taken unto Himself a son, and Who has no partner in the Sovereignty, nor has He any ally through dependence. And magnify Him with all magnificence.”
The noble Qur’an, Al-Israa(17):111.
“Allah has not chosen any son, nor is there any God along with Him; else would each God have assuredly championed that which he created, and some of them would assuredly have overcome others. Glorified be Allah above all that they allege. Knower of the invisible and the visible! and exalted be He over all that they ascribe as partners (unto Him)!”
The noble Qur’an, Al-Muminoon(23):91-92.
The concept of the “Trinity” as originally adopted by Christianity three centuries after the departure of Jesus (see historical details at the end of this chapter) and taught to Christians ever since is the merging of three entities into one similar entity while remaining three distinct entities. In other words: Three bodies fold, blend, or merge into one body so that they become one entity while at the same time exhibiting the characteristics of three distinct and separate entities. It is described as “a mystery.” As we just read, the first definition of the Trinity was put forth in the fourth century as follows: “…we worship one God in the trinity, and Trinity in Unity…for there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, another of the Holy Ghost is all one… they are not three gods, but one God… the whole three persons are co-eternal and co-equal…he therefore that will be saved must thus think of the trinity…” (excerpts from the Athanasian creed).
When the Church speaks of worship, God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost are claimed to be one being. This is because verses such as Isaiah 43:10-11 and countless others are very explicit in affirming that God Almighty is ONE. However, when they speak of “the death of God” it is Jesus (pbuh) who is claimed to have died and not God or the “Trinity.” Now the three are separate. When God is described as having “begotten” a son it is not the “Trinity” nor Jesus (pbuh) which has begotten, but a distinctly separate being from the other two… there are many such examples. So how do we resolve this problem? Do we simply have blind faith or do we “love the Lord thy God … with all thy mind,”?. If we chose the later course of action then we shall first need to specify what authority we shall accept in our recognition of the true divine nature of God Almighty.
When God Almighty sends down a revelation, He addresses it to the common man, the carpenter, the blacksmith, the local merchant. God does not reveal His scriptures in a language that only the deep thinkers, the most learned scholars, and those with Ph.D.s in rocket science alone can understand. This is not to say that it is not necessary to consult people of authority in this scripture in times of difficulty regarding matters of secondary importance, however, if it were impossible for the common man to even recognize from his scripture who is God, or “who do I worship?” without extensive external influences from learned clergymen, then I am sure you will agree that not very many people shall ever be guided to the truth of this scripture and the basic message contained therein.
The matter of “who do I worship” is without a doubt the hands-down most important, nay crucial, piece of information that must be provided a reader of a divine scripture before they can accept a single word of this scripture. This matter must be made exceedingly clear to them before they can accept a single commandment. If I wish to work for a company but I do not know who is(are) my boss(s) then how can I know what he(they) want me to do? How can I know which commands to follow and which not to?
For the same reason, we would be justified in expecting that if we were to present a native of the jungles of Zimbabwe with a copy of a divine scripture in it’s original language, and we were to leave without saying a single word to him, then we would expect that at the very least, this person should be able to extract from this scripture the nature of the One who inspired this book.
Therefore, let us begin by drawing a table and including in this table some commands of the Bible where we are explicitly commanded to recognize that God is one, and also all verses where it explicitly commands us to believe that He is three. Once the Bible commands me to believe that God is three in one then I shall not ask for an explanation or a justification. I do not need God to explain “how” He can be “one” and also “three” at the same time. All I want is for the Bible to command me to believe that this is so and then command me to have blind faith.
Now that we have built this table we are ready to proceed. Let us begin by filling in the first line.
In the Bible we read:
1. “Know therefore this day, and consider [it] in thine heart, that the LORD he [is] God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: [there is] none else.” Deuteronomy 4:39.
2. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
3. “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name [is] Jealous, [is] a jealous God:” Exodus 34:14
4. “Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, [even] I, [am] the LORD; and beside me [there is] no savior.” Isaiah 43:10-11.
5. “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I [am] the first, and I [am] the last; and beside me [there is] no God.” Isaiah 44:6
6. “That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that [there is] none beside me. I [am] the LORD, and [there is] none else.” Isaiah 45:6
7. “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I [am] the LORD; and [there is] none else.” Isaiah 45:18.
8. “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else.” Isaiah 45:22
So now let us move on and fill in the second line. Let us start with the verses quoted by Mr. J.
Mr. J. has presented us with Matthew 28:19, I Corinthians 12:4-6, II Corinthians 13:14, and Jude 1:20-21 as proof of the claim that God Almighty is three-in-one. Let us study them. But first, let us clearly define our goal. When I asked for a verse wherein God is explicitly claimed to be “three in one,” what I wanted was a verse that says something like “God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are all gods, however, they are not three gods but one God,” or “God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost are the same being,” or “God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost are one and the same” etc.
Just because the words “God,” “Jesus,” and “Holy Ghost” might appear together in one verse does not mean this verse requires a “Trinity,” or “merging of three into one.” Even if this verse also contains the word “one” this still does not necessarily require a “Trinity.” For example, if I say “Joe, Jim, and Frank speak one language” this is not the same as saying “Joe, Jim, and Frank are one person.” As we shall see, the examples Mr. J. has presented are all at best implicit statements, so let us begin by modifying our table and inserting these verses:
– Explicit Statement Implicit Statement
God is ONE Isaiah 43:10-11, Deuteronomy 4:39, Isaiah 45:18, Isaiah 44:6, Isaiah 45:6, Isaiah 45:22, Exodus 20:3, Exodus 34:14 –
God is THREE None so far Matthew 28:19, I Corinthians 12:4-6, II Corinthians 13:14, Jude 1:20-21
What did Jesus really says?