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The koran and the Trinity
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
According to the Koran the Bible’s teaching that God has a son is incorrect. They like to poke fun at it, asking which female God impregnated to produce a son? According to them, Allah is one, while the Bible mentions three (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit). Therefore, please note that Allah is not the God of the Bible. Also note that the Bible doesn’t talk of three Gods, but one in essence (substance and goal) with three Persons. The Trinity is logical in the scheme of salvation for lost man, which is the main message of the Bible. The Koran does not have a comparable message of salvation.
God is love. He loved man so much that He sent His Son to die for us. A single unity cannot love, since love must have a lover, a beloved and a channel of love. God the Father (the Lover) loves His Son (the Beloved) and the Holy Spirit is the channel of love. With no Trinity, how could God be love? That is the problem for Allah. How can he love, as he is only one?
Christians know that God loves them. Only God, who is sinless, can forgive sins; therefore the Father sent Jesus to earth as a man to die for our sins. When Jesus returned to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to help, lead and teach us. God never leaves or forsakes His children. Allah never died for sins, and he doesn’t love the unbeliever (Surah 32:13, Ali translation, quoted by Mark Gabriel, Jesus and Mohammed, Charisma House, 2004, p 147). The Muslim never knows what Allah will do. He has to wait for judgment, and then the capricious Allah will decide if he was good enough to go to ‘heaven’ (Ibid, p 147). Christians know before death whether they are saved or not, and will be with God eternally, since they have His assurance in the Bible.
To save men from eternal punishment for their rebellion against God, the Trinity was necessary. Salvation is God’s miracle of entirely free grace. On earth Jesus was filled by the Spirit, the channel of communication between Him and the Father. When He left to go back to heaven, He gave us the Spirit to be the channel between us and Him. In all aspects, which includes the supernatural, the Trinity makes perfect sense. God planned salvation, Jesus executed it, and the Holy Spirit applies it in our hearts. The Koran never presents salvation for sinful man in the same way the Bible does.
God is unity in diversity. The Trinity (three in Person, one in essence) displays unity in diversity. What is the church like? It is also unity in diversity. Paul calls the church the body of Christ who is the Head. We are different parts of the body, but the body is one, a unity in Christ. Likewise, in heaven we will be a unity in diversity. God doesn’t expect of us what He is not. The Koran teaches that for the Islamic men, heaven will be a wonderful place with beautiful women at the men’s service (D Richardson, Secrets of the Koran, Regal, 2003, p 39). That sounds as if some in heaven (the men) will be very much favored above others (the women). God, as three Persons, treats all men alike, since He Himself is a unity in diversity. He doesn’t lose His distinctive character as God the Father, yet He acknowledges God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. In the same way, He acknowledges all people as equal before Him.
The Trinity makes Christians part of their relationship. Therefore it is not a religion. The church was born in the death and resurrection of Jesus. They will be the Bride and He is the Bridegroom (Revelation 19:7). We do not have a religion, but a relationship of love and community, since the Trinity is about a relationship between God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.