The Isa and Islam staff have had many Muslims tell us that Christians worship three gods. This is because of Qs 5:116: O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, ‘Take me and my mother as deities besides Allah?‘” But Christians see a major mistake and misunderstanding there. Christians have never believed in or received the teaching in these verses! This teaching is foreign to Christians and is blasphemous! Where does this teaching come from? Clearly there are no verses in the Taurat or the Injil that teach such things.
As the Bible Teaches, Christians Believe in One God
Christians have never believed in three gods, but in only one God! (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29).
Obviously, there really is no human being who can understand God completely. If we could understand God completely, we would be equal to God. The Bible clearly teaches that God is one but He exists in three Persons. From all eternity, God has been God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Yet He is One (a unity), not three.
The Trinity Explained
Muslims often ask us how God can be One and Three at the same time. This is difficult to understand. But I recently read a good explanation originally from Arab Christians that I would like to share with you. In this explanation the Trinity is compared to the sun.
God the Father is like the sun in the middle of the day. The sun is so bright that if a person stares at it, he’ll go blind. The sun is so far away, a person can’t get to it. If he could get to it, he would be destroyed because of the heat. God the Son is the light of the world, and like the light of the sun. Every living being on earth needs the sun’s light to live: plants, animals, and people. If there was not light, it would always be night. God the Holy Spirit is like the warmth that the sun gives. Without the sun’s warmth, the earth would be covered with ice. Everyone would die.
The Three Cannot be Separated
The sun, its light, and its warmth cannot be separated. A person can’t have light or warmth without the sun in the sky. The light can’t be separated from the sun or the warmth from the light. The three parts of the sun are one, and yet they are different. The same is true of the Trinity. All three, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are One, and yet they are different persons.
God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
God the Father especially is shown in His work of creating and maintaining the world and all it contains. God the Son is known as the eternal Word, the Lord, and Savior of the world. God the Holy Spirit is especially connected with his ministry of convincing mankind of sin, causing people to be born again, and leading His people (Matthew 28:18,19; Luke 3:21,22; John 1:1; John 14:16-17; 2 Corinthians 12:13).
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