CHRISTIANITY IS ACTUALLY A MONOTHEISTIC FAITH
The Christian religion that was born among Jews living in the Holy Land was the result of sincere Jews living by the law of the Prophet Moses (pbuh) choosing to follow Jesus. The distinguishing feature of the Jews who followed Jesus is that they believed in God as the one and only god.
However, this monotheistic belief changed after the ascension of Jesus and the spread of Christianity into pagan lands. Jesus began being regarded as divine due to the belief in the Trinity that was subsequently made part of Christianity (surely God is beyond that). Christians espousing that superstitious belief claimed that Almighty God took human form and incarnated himself in Jesus, and disseminated that belief.
Belief in the Trinity – surely God is beyond that – is used in the sense of a belief in a tripartite God – "Father, Son and Holy Ghost." Led and supported by the Roman Emperor Constantine of the time, various people who wished to modify Christian belief pointed to the references to "the son of God" that appear in the Torah and the Gospel as evidence. They claimed that Jesus was quite literally the son of God and ascribed divine status to him. However, the references to "the son of God" in the Torah and the Gospel are a metaphorical expression of the fact that all sincere believers are God’s beloved servants. This is made clear in The Gospel According to Matthew - "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." (Matthew, 5:9). The reference to Jesus means the same thing. The term "son" in the Gospel means that he is a beloved servant of God and not that he is the actual son of God (surely God is beyond that).
This false and quite dangerous belief that was added onto Christianity at a later date and intended to destroy monotheistic belief gradually became the main precondition and article of faith in Christianity. Indeed, people who rejected the dogma were even regarded as having abandoned the Church. Under the leadership of certain priests advocating the Trinity, attempts were made to impose the dogma on Christianity through force and compulsion. Anyone rejecting belief in the Trinity was severely punished, exiled from their homelands or even killed. [For more detail on the subject see Jesus (pbuh) Is Not the Son of God, But His Prophet, Adnan Oktar, www.bookglobal.com]
It needs to be emphasized that the belief in the Trinity, or the "three in one" as some Christians put it, that was later added onto Christianity appears neither in the Torah nor the Gospel. The word Trinity does not appear in the Gospel, even though it is still regarded as an article of faith. However, this belief imposed as dogma and that seeks to portray Jesus as the son of God is a major error and danger. The majority of our Christian brothers are unaware of the scale of this danger, which God describes as follows in the Koran:
They say, "The All-Merciful has a son." They have devised a monstrous thing. The heavens are all but rent apart and the Earth split open and the mountains brought crashing down, at their ascription of a son to the All-Merciful! It is not fitting for the All-Merciful to have a son. There is no one in the heavens and Earth who will not come to the All-Merciful as a servant. (Koran, 19:88-93)
God describes this effrontery as something that will cause the Earth to split open and the mountains to come crashing down. Sincere Christians must be aware of this great danger that so angers God. They need to see that belief in the Trinity, which was added onto the Gospel centuries later and was imposed despite all the objections in a climate of great strife, is completely incompatible with the true Gospel. They need to free themselves from their dogmas and look at matters rationally.
Of course, saying "see the danger" may not be enough for some Christians who have been taught solely the idea of the Trinity throughout their lives. That is why the idea of the Trinity and other subjects that entered Christianity only later need to be clarified in the light of the words of the Gospel and all the evidence. This evidence is set out in the pages that follow. The statements that follow concerning the Trinity are examined in three separate sections.
The first section consists of historical information proving that the idea of the Trinity was included in the Gospel and Christianity at a later date. This section will also discuss how the concept of the Trinity has no basis in the Torah.
The second section is intended to encourage sincere Christians to reflect and see certain truths in the light of passages from the Gospel and verses from the Koran. When our Christian brothers read these words they will see why a true believer must not believe in the Trinity and that this can have no place in the law of God.
The third section discusses a truth that will change the lives of all rational people of good conscience. That is the true nature of matter. The concept of representation will be fully understood in the light of the information provided about the true nature of matter and the ideological basis on which the Trinity rests will be completely demolished.
The Koran Confirms All the Earlier Books. The People of the Book Also Are Responsible toward the Koran
Before moving on to discuss this, one very important point needs to be emphasized. In addition to the Gospel, evidence is also provided from the Koran in order that various matters be properly understood. The reason for this is that the Koran is the book of Christians and Jews, as well as of Muslims.
The Koran is the last holy scripture. It has been protected, and there are therefore no discrepancies or inconsistencies in it. As God reveals to our Prophet (pbuh): "We will cause you to recite so that you do not forget –" (Koran, 87:6). God also reveals in verses that He protects the Koran - "it truly is a Noble Koran in a well-protected Book." (Koran, 56:77-78)
The Koran is pure revelation. It bestows peace and light, in the same way as the uncorrupted parts of the Torah and the Gospel. Anyone looking through the eyes of reason and conscience will immediately see this. They will see this as soon as they read the Koran. There is no need for any other evidence. No conscience can withstand the beauty and truth of the Koran. Anyone who reads the Koran and sees its extraordinary language, its superb clarity, the way it so perfectly addresses the conscience and the soul, the honesty of its statements, its warmth, its perfect evidence and the absence of any discrepancies will immediately form a firm opinion regarding it. It is totally obviously a Divine text. Almighty God has also confirmed this with numerous amazing miracles unique to the Koran. (For more detail see The Miracles of the Koran 1-2, Adnan Oktar, www.bookglobal.net)
Say, 'People of the Book! come to a proposition which is the same for us and you – that we should worship none but God and not associate any partners with Him and not take one another as lords besides God.’ If they turn away, say, 'Bear witness that we are Muslims.’
There is an important fact that Christians need to know about the Koran: The Koran was not sent down to invalidate the scriptures before it. On the contrary, the Koran was sent down in order to corroborate the true passages in the Torah and the Gospel and to show people the truth. It is therefore unlawful for a Muslim to deny the existence of true books before the Koran. (Some Muslims may claim the opposite, but these are people with a radical mindset, lacking in knowledge about the Koran and therefore about the essence of Islam. The explanations given here are based on verses of the Koran, not on the supposed logic of the radicals in question.) The revelation in the Koran requires that Muslims recognize and genuinely love all the prophets. In the same way that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is our prophet, so are the Prophets Moses (pbuh) and Jesus (pbuh). As commanded in the Koran, it is impossible to discriminate between them:
Say, "We have faith in God and what has been sent down to us and what was sent down to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Tribes, and what Moses and Jesus were given, and what all the prophets were given by their Lord. We do not differentiate between any of them. We are Muslims submitted to Him." (Koran, 2:136)
Therefore, a Muslim is at the same time also a true follower of Moses and a true follower of Jesus. Again according to the Koran, a Muslim must obey those parts of the Torah and the Gospel that are compatible with the Koran.
Since the Koran confirms all previous scriptures and prophets, true Judaism and true Christianity are existing in the Koran. True Judaism and true Christianity are therefore only possible by recognizing the Koran and becoming a follower of the Prophet Muhammad. For that reason, not only Muslims but also all Jews and all Christians have a responsibility toward the Koran.
God states in one verse how He has sent the Koran as light and a clear sign for the People of the Book, that is Christians and Jews:
People of the Book! Our Messenger has come to you, making clear to you much of the Book that you have kept concealed, and passing over a lot. A Light has come to you from God and a Clear Book. (Koran, 5:15)
The fact that the Koran was sent to confirm the Torah and the Gospel is expressed as follows:
Say, "Anyone who is the enemy of Gabriel should know that it was he who brought it down upon your heart, by God’s authority, confirming what came before, and as guidance and good news for the believers." (Koran, 2:97)
He has sent down the Book to you with truth, confirming what was there before it. And He sent down the Torah and the Gospel. (Koran, 3:3)
These verses make it clear that the Koran was sent down to confirm Jews’ and Christians’ own books and to show them what is right and wrong, a book in which they can find the most perfect clarification of everything. Another verse of the Koran reveals how Jews and Christians must also obey the Koran:
You who have been given the Book [Jews and Christians]! Have faith in what We have sent down confirming what is with you [the Torah and the Gospel], before We obliterate faces, turning them inside out, or We curse you as We cursed the Companions of the Sabbath. God’s command is always carried out. (Koran, 4:47)
Another verse is addressed to the People of Book who insist on adhering to their own books despite being invited to obey the Koran, and they are reminded that the Koran was sent down to confirm their own scriptures:
When they are told, "Have faith in what God has sent down," they say, "Our faith is in what was sent down to us," and they reject anything beyond that, even though it [the Koran] is the truth, confirming what they have... (Koran, 2:91)
Almighty God also reveals in verses that the Torah and the Gospel used to be a source of wisdom, but that the true source of wisdom is now the Koran, which confirms the true passages in all other scriptures:
He has sent down the Book to you with truth, confirming what was there before it. And He sent down the Torah and the Gospel, previously, as guidance for mankind, and He has sent down the Furqan [the Koran, the One that discriminates between what is right and wrong]. Those who reject God’s signs will have a terrible punishment. God is Almighty, Exactor of Revenge. (Koran, 3:3-4)
This feature is again set out in another verse of the Koran, which also reveals that the Koran contains explanations of all kinds and is a guide for true believers:
There is instruction in their stories for people of intelligence. This is not a narration which has been invented but confirmation of all that came before, a clarification of everything, and a guidance and a mercy for people who have faith. (Koran, 12:111)
God addresses Jews as follows in the Koran:
Have faith in what I have sent down [the Koran], confirming what is with you [the Torah]. Do not be the first to reject it and do not sell My signs for a paltry price. Have fear of Me alone. (Koran, 2:41)
Our Christian brothers must not misinterpret this point: None of the above passages ask any Christian to abandon his devotion to the Gospel and Jesus. It is unlawful for a Muslim to ask such a thing. In our religion, anyone who denies Jesus or the Gospel has renounced the faith. The call here is one made for Christians to understand the Koran, to believe in the Koran and to believe in the evidence given them by the Koran. It is a call made so that Christians can be more perfect Christians and so they can love Jesus more. Because only if a Christian becomes a follower of Muhammad and believes that the Koran is a true book can he properly understand his own faith and fully love Jesus.
He has sent down the Book to you with truth, confirming what was there before it. And He sent down the Torah and the Gospel,
God is my Lord and your Lord so worship Him. That is a straight path.
Hagia Sofia Mosque.
All religions are built on love, friendship and brotherhood. The Koran was sent down to confirm all the previous books. Therefore, believing in the Koran does not deprive Christians of Christianity and Jesus (pbuh). On the contrary, it makes them more devout and draws them even closer to Jesus.
Our Christian brothers must note the following point: Obeying the Koran and believing in the Prophet Muhammad will not deprive Christians of Jesus. On the contrary, it will bring them even closer to this blessed prophet. Someone who reads and accepts the Koran will become both a perfect Christian, and a perfect Jew, and a perfect follower of Joseph and a perfect follower of Noah and of Abraham and of Muhammad. He will accept all the prophets and embrace them and thus become an immaculate believer. The existence of the Koran, which shows them the truth and confirms their own books and which is a great source of guidance for them, and the fact that it has never changed, is also a great blessing for the People of the Book.
Indeed, in one verse God speaks of the existence of the People of the Book who adhere to the Koran and tells them of a reward in His Presence in the hereafter:
Among the people of the Book there are some who have faith in God and in what has been sent down to you and what was sent down to them, and who are humble before God. They do not sell God’s signs for a paltry price. Such people will have their reward with their Lord. And God is swift at reckoning. (Koran, 3:199)
The evidence from the Koran should be evaluated in the light of these facts in the chapters that follow.
Hadiths of Our Prophet (pbuh) That Encourage the Reading of the True Torah
Muslim related: "Abu Hurairah witnessed the Prophet say; 'The Prophet Muhammad said that the People of the Book read the Torah in Hebrew and translated it into Arabic for the Muslims’." (Mishkat al- Masabih, 1st chapter, part 6, p. 42)
"Al-Hafiz al-Zahabi relates that Abdullah ibn Salam who converted from Judaism to Islam came to the Prophet (pbuh) and said, "(Yesterday evening) I read the Koran and the Torah." He replied, "Read one in one evening and the other in another evening." (Al-Thalabi, Al-Iman al-Thalabi Tathkarar al-Huffadh, Vol. 1, p. 27)
"Abdullah Ibn al-Amr, one of the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) close followers, would frequently read the Torah. One night he dreamed he held honey in one hand and oil in the other, and would sometimes eat from the honey and sometimes from the oil. Abdullah Ibn al-Amr described his dream to the Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet interpreted his dream as referring to two books, and to his sometimes reading the Torah and sometimes the Koran." (Bukhari, Vol. 6, hadith 987, p. 439)
From Abu Said al-Khudri: We asked the Prophet (pbuh), "O Prophet of God! Can we relate things from the people of Israel? He replied; "Yes, you can relate things from the people of Israel, there is no harm in that. If you relate something from them, know that they have even more interesting knowledge." (Hanbal, Musnad, 111/12, hadith no:11034)
From Abdullah Ibn al-Amr; The Messenger of God said, "You can relate things from the people of Israel, there is no harm in that." (Hanbal, Musnad, 11/159, hadith no: 6486)