This is the path of your Lord – straight. We have made the Signs clear for people who remember. They will have the Abode of Peace with their Lord. He is their Protector because of what they have done.
If someone does not reflect then he cannot grasp the purpose behind the creation of his life. If he does not reflect, he will spend his life pointlessly and purposelessly, not knowing where he came from or what his responsibilities are. In contrast to other living things, however, human beings possess reason, conscience and the ability to think and make judgments. They therefore have an important responsibility. They have an obligation to think about how and why they were created, to understand the Creator and fulfill their responsibilities to Him. One can also ignore that responsibility. That is people's own choice. It is this choice that distinguishes people from one another. The greatest difference between believers who reason and will come off best in the hereafter and other people is that the former reflect on the signs and evidence of Creation and are able to properly understand our Creator.
The importance of reflection is also noted in the Torah and the Gospel:
... Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? (Mark, 8:17)
Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. (2nd Letter to Timothy, 2:7)
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.... (1 Corinthians, 1:26)
... set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.... (Colossians, 3:1-2)
Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. (Psalms, 111:2)
For all this I laid to my heart, even to make clear all this: that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God; … (Book of Ecclesiastes, 9:1)
… I am terrified before Him; when I think of all this, I fear Him. (Job, 23:15)
On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night. (Psalms, 63:6)
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night. (Psalms, 1:2)
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your miracles of long ago. I will consider all Your works and meditate on all Your mighty deeds. (Psalms, 77:11-12)
Though rulers sit together and slander me, Your servant will meditate on your decrees. Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. (Psalms, 119:23-24)
Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on Your statutes. (Psalms, 119:97-99)
Consider the work of God; for who can make that straight, which He hath made crooked? (Book of Ecclesiastes, 7:13-14)
Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God's wonders. (Job, 37:14)
This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein. (Joshua, 1:8)
I meditate on all Your works and consider what Your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to You; I thirst for You like a parched land. (Psalms, 143:5-6)
But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you. (1. Samuel, 12:24)
for I delight in Your commands because I love them. I reach out for Your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on Your decrees. (Psalms, 119:47-48)
One generation commends Your works to another; they tell of Your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty— and I will meditate on Your wonderful works. (Psalms, 145:4-5)
Almighty God also reveals in the Koran that believers who turn to Him are people who reflect on the evidence of Creation and are thus properly able to appreciate His sublime might:
...those who remember God, standing, sitting and lying on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the Earth: "Our Lord, You have not created this for nothing. Glory be to You! So safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire." (Koran, 3:191)
Deep reflection is important in order to be able to be a true believer. True faith is impossible without reflection. Deep reflection is a condition of faith on which Muslims, Jews and Christians must all focus. Only when people think deeply can they realize the greatness and might of God and decipher the surface and hidden meanings of the profound words in the holy books. Religion is not a way of life that is merely to be taught and memorized.
There is a special reason for our telling our Christian brothers of the need to reflect deeply on the existence of God. That is to be able to show them how false the doctrine of "not thinking" that the Church recommends to Christians truly is.
To reiterate, the subject of the Trinity that was raised and attempted to be resolved in an endless series of councils from the Fourth Century onward was finally resolved at the First Vatican Council held in 1868-1870 in order to bring the unending debates to a halt. It concluded, "The Trinity is not a matter for reason and logic, and must therefore remain a mystery."
Another dogma set out by the Church was thus added to Christianity as an article of faith some 1,900 years after Jesus was sent to Earth as a prophet. Christians who go along with this decision by the Church have no qualms about regarding the Trinity as a mystery of faith not calling for any reflection, and even explicitly advocate that view.
The sole reason for the Church commanding people not to think about it is that it is a great error. God certainly creates all fabrications and superstitions with illogicalities, inconsistencies, discrepancies and defects: it is the same with the Trinity. Aware of these inconsistencies, the Church continued its dogmatic tradition because ever since the beginning of Christianity, Christians who have used their minds and logic a little have been aware of these discrepancies and illogicalities and thus been condemned as heretics by the authorities. They then either totally rejected the Trinity or else conceived of it in some other form and altered it. The Church is therefore aware of the huge crowds that will go against the doctrine of the Trinity it imposes when people start thinking and using their minds.
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Today there are many Christians who believe that the Trinity is not something that should be thought about, but a mystery to be adhered to without understanding it. They imagine they have a religion that discourages them from reflecting on it and that they can survive without understanding God. They generally never state this explicitly, but they see nothing wrong in saying that the "incomprehensibility" here is normal, that we are not able to understand everything, and that there is therefore no need to think and try to achieve that.
Of course we have not been created with the ability to understand everything. However, God reveals that He clearly exhibits His might and that this can be understood by reflecting with faith. We have a responsibility to understand the Sublime Might that created us. How can someone have any conception of religion without knowing the God Who made him and without knowing Whom to worship and pray to and how? How can he discover the secrets in creation and the nature of the hereafter? How can he grasp that God sees and hears him at every moment? It is essential to reflect, understand God and appreciate His might if one is to be a devout believer. This is one of the most important elements of growing in faith.
Whichever Christian who believes in the Trinity you may meet, he will inevitably give highly inconsistent, incomprehensible and confused answers when asked about it. Moreover, every Christian will describe the Trinity in a different way because they themselves are generally unsure of what they are saying when it comes to the Trinity. Christians who try to describe the Trinity in a rational and logical way somehow go beyond what they are describing as the Trinity. Some try to understand it, but they also fail. Some of them try to use logic and to explain it in terms of formulae. A great many more just give up. They prefer "not to think about it," as the Church encourages, and say that the subject is a mystery on which we have no responsibility to reflect.
Everything is easy, of course, if one does not think. Responsibilities then superficially appear to vanish. Someone who feels no need to think will also feel no need to wonder about how an incomprehensible God (surely God is beyond that) created him, how He rules all His creations, his responsibilities or how he will account to himself to God. Life then becomes very simple indeed. A great many Christians today are living in just that way. This also applies to some Muslims and Jews of course but since Christians are conditioned not to think deeply about God and His creations, and especially about the Trinity, this situation is even more dangerous for them. Many of them think that they can attain God's mercy and paradise by going to church on Sundays only and by believing that Jesus (pbuh) is the son of God. And this leads a great many Christians to live in a state of ascribing equals to God, even though they are unaware of it, to live for this world, not to be scrupulous about the concepts of lawful and unlawful, to do nothing to earn God's approval apart from praying and going to church, not to strive against ideologies and movements produced in opposition to belief in God, such as Darwinism, communism, materialism and atheism, to distance themselves from attacks on believers and the oppressed all over the world and to close their eyes to the world, living in their own little worlds in their own homes. Of course, there are exceptions; however, it is undeniable that this is the situation of a great many Christians. Any Christian will know that this is the basis of the lifestyle of the average Christian across the world. That is the kind of religious devotion that comes from living without reflection. The Christians in question must see the dangers of this conception of religion.
One of the worst deceptions on the subject of the Trinity, and perhaps the very worst, is the way that some Christians claim that the Trinity actually refers to One God. Some Christians, uneasy at the Trinity being compared to a pagan belief, maintain that the three components refer to a single god. They themselves do not generally understand this very well, and they are basically describing a belief in three gods.
Some Trinitarians claim that the three elements unite in a single body, that the three elements are therefore God. Some say that the Father is the greatest and that the others come from Him. Others speak of a division of labor between the three gods, while still others say that the Son came from the Father and the Holy Spirit from the Son. There are many other such ideas regarding the Trinity. However, they all claim that the doctrine of the Trinity that they describe so confusingly actually refers to One God. If they really believe in the One God, that is of course an excellent thing, but the descriptions in question are totally wrong.
The entire Gospel tells Christians of the Oneness of God. This is very important. The Gospel contains many passages that speak of the Oneness of God and commanding people to serve the One God and all these passages are quite explicit. Similarly, in the same way that the term Trinity appears nowhere in the Gospel, it also contains no passages that could be used to support such an idea. The passages proposed as evidence are all interpreted in a forced manner, passages to which the "son of God" and the "Holy Spirit" have been added in parentheses or passages deliberately distorted so as to bear an entirely different meaning, such as the Trinity. The One God is explicitly present in the Gospel, while a tripartite deity appears nowhere in it.
Supporters of the Trinity say that the three components they have fabricated, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are both three separate entities and also the same entity. But they have never been able to explain how the three can be both three and one. They have always been aware of this inconsistency. In the same way, they have never been able to explain how the tripartite god assumes different functions, how if creation supposedly belongs to the Father whether the other two also possess this property, or how a single Divine entity, that was not born and is unfettered by time and space, turned into different entities in time and space. And it is impossible for them ever to explain it.
If, according to Trinitarians' claims, the three deities are equal in all regards – an idea that most Christians who believe in the concept of the Trinity espouse – then in their eyes it should be enough to worship just one of them in their rituals. But Trinitarians believe the three have to be worshiped at once. This shows that the Trinity is essentially no different to pagan religions with three deities.
The idea of the oneness of three deities is extraordinarily illogical. How can God, He Who has the power to do all things, the Lord of all, He Who creates them all from nothing, need to manifest Himself as three separate entities? (Surely God is beyond that.) Moreover, the proponents of the Trinity who claim to believe in a single deity do not fully comprehend the "absolute Oneness of God" that represents the basis of the monotheistic faith of Muslims and Jew. In monotheistic belief, God is absolutely One alone, and He has no equal or equivalent. Nothing can be His equal and nothing is like Him. That is the Oneness of God. The Trinity is therefore absolutely not a monotheistic belief. Those who claim to believe in both the Trinity and the One God are either mistaken, or lying.
The real question, however, is why there is the need for such confusion. Why, in the face of the peace of mind, ease, comfort and happiness that come from believing in the One God, do some people feel the need for totally inconsistent and contradictory accounts? Believing directly in the One and Only God and turning to Him alone is far better than believing in all this confusion. The existence of One God Who sees and knows all is a great blessing. The existence of our Almighty Lord Who is with us at every moment, Who hears our prayers, Who knows and responds to even our most secret thoughts and Who keeps all things under His control is a huge blessing. Those of our Christian brothers who are swamped in the confusion of the Trinity need to be aware of the beauty of this monotheistic faith. If they knew the beauty of being so close to God, they would realize that with the Trinity they have turned away from their Creator. Knowing the omnipotence of God, believing in Him as the One and Only and properly appreciating His might is the greatest of all happiness.
Say: "I am only a warner. There is no god except God, the One, the All-Conquering, Lord of the heavens and the Earth and everything between them, the Almighty, the Endlessly Forgiving." (Koran, 38:65-66)
Every true faith created by God is very easy. The commandments of the faith are not matters that are hard to reflect on or difficult to understand or that need to remain a mystery. The existence of our Almighty Lord is obvious. The existence of God, His creative artistry and His closeness to and dominion over the entities He creates are all matters that are easy to understand. Confusion never has any place in true faith. Anyone looking with reason and good conscience will perfectly grasp the fact that the Almighty Creator is the Lord and Sole Ruler of all, that His omnipotence means He has no need for a son, that He is the closest to all beings and that there is no other power than Him. This means that the proponents of the Trinity and their followers are mistaken.
If the presence of confusion of the kind that the proponents of the Trinity describe is alleged, then this is grounds for suspicion. The true faith must have given way to superstition there. If it has become so difficult to understand and describe the nature of Almighty God, Who clearly exhibits His sublime works in the tiniest speck of dust, in the giant void of the universe or in the depths of a single atom, then the trickery of the devil must be suspected.
There is one single Creator, and everything in the universe points to the artistry of this sublime Creator. God, the Creator of all, is certainly mighty enough to keep them all under His control and supervision at every moment. There is no need for intermediaries to reach our Lord. There is no need for other deities (surely God is beyond that). God is He Who knows us better than we know ourselves and who observes us at every moment. Therefore, sincere Christians must be aware that they are in a state of confusion and must open their hearts to the clear, comprehensible and delightful monotheistic conception of the true faith. God reveals in the Koran that any other way is "schism":
If their faith is the same as yours then they are guided. But if they turn away, they are in schism. God will be enough for you against them. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. (Koran, 2:137)
One of the greatest problems facing Christians who regard belief in the Trinity as an immutable Church doctrine is that they are unable to appreciate God properly. Almighty God created the entire universe, from giant voids to exceedingly minute worlds, from nothing. There is no doubt that God, Who created a glorious universe from nothing, Who created everything within in it in a balance and order, Who flawlessly created man and all other living things inside this glorious system, and Who bestowed a destiny on human beings, has the power to watch over and protect every being He creates. Our Lord is omniscient. He sees and hears all. Nothing is secret from Him. Not a single living thing can take a single breath without His knowledge, not a leaf can move and not an electron can change location. God has the power, if He so wills, to destroy them all and then create them again from nothing with a beauty that has never been seen before. This is certainly an easy matter for God. Everything happens just by our Lord telling it to "Be!" God sees what all eyes see, and hears all sounds. It is also He Who creates what every eye will see and what every ear will hear. Some Christians, who fail to fully understand the Islam shown by God in the Koran, try, in their own eyes, to justify the dogma of the Trinity by claiming that God is far distant from human beings in Islam. Yet God is not distant from us. He is with us at every moment. God is everywhere, and Islam tells us so in the verses of the Koran. It is the idea of the Trinity, not Islam, that regards God as being at a distance. For that reason, the idea that God can only reach His servants through Jesus (pbuh) prevails. That idea stems from a failure to properly understand and appreciate God.
There are some Muslims, of course, who regard God as being far removed from them. But they base their ideas, not on the Koran, but on nonsense of their own fabrication. The knowledge of the thing they espouse therefore does not exist in Islam. In fact, those Muslims who think that God is far away from them and the Christians who believe in the Trinity and think that God can only access them through intermediaries share the same false perspective. As our Almighty Lord says in the Koran:
We created man and We know what his own self whispers to him. We are nearer to him than his jugular vein. (Koran, 50:16)
So wait steadfastly for the judgment of your Lord – you are certainly before Our eyes. (Koran, 52:48)
... He knows everything in the land and sea. No leaf falls without His knowing it. There is no seed in the darkness of the Earth, and nothing moist or dry which is not in a Clear Book. (Koran, 6:59)
... He knows what they keep secret and what they make public. He knows what their hearts contain. (Koran, 11:5)
... Nothing is hidden from God either on the Earth or in heaven. (Koran, 14:38)
As revealed in many other verses in addition to the above, He is the closest to everyone. Nobody, no other entity, is closer to one than God. God sees through every eye and hears through every ear. God is not only in the heavens, as some Muslims and Christians think, but everywhere. Even if nobody else sees a leaf fall, God sees it and knows. Even if the atoms, electrons and quarks in the depths of the universe, the seeds deep beneath the ground and the ever-present actions of our cells, a totally invisible world, are unknown to us, God knows each one at every moment and sees it at every moment.
Trinitarians who maintain the existence of three separate deities with different attributes are unaware of the sublimity, might and power of God described in these pages. Were they aware of it, they would immediately understand the falsity of the idea that God reaches them through various intermediaries. God has no need of intermediaries. God is He Who knows His creations before their creation and what is hidden in their hearts.
In order to understand this better, they need to know and understand the concept of "manifestation," and therefore the truth about matter. In that event, Christians will better realize that what is described here is not a metaphysical belief, and that this reality explicitly revealed by God has been scientifically proven. This subject is discussed in detail in the third section.
Almighty God is the Lord of all entities and all creation. God is unfettered by any natural causes, because He is the Creator of all that happens and the natural causes behind them. Everything in the universe takes place in association with specific causes. But our Lord has no need of these causes. Our Lord also created situations associated with human life such as parenthood, childhood and having children. Those who say that "God has a child" (surely God is beyond that) therefore fail to grasp the sublimity and attributes of God. Our Almighty Lord just decides on something and wills it to be to create it. Nothing is distant from Him. He is the One Who best knows His creations and predestines everything before their creation.
Those who attribute a son to God are people who do not know or cannot grasp these attributes of God as is due. As has already been mentioned, God reveals the effrontery of those who are unable to appreciate our Lord in these verses from 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)
As these verses clearly show, attributing a child to God is a grave offense, severe enough to bring the whole universe crashing down, and deserving the wrath of our Lord. Several verses of the Koran emphasize the fact that our Lord has no children. Verses explicitly state that our Lord is unfettered by having children, that "He has not given birth and was not born," and that nothing can be His equivalent:
Say: "He is God, Absolute Oneness, God, the Everlasting Sustainer of all. He has not given birth and was not born. And no one is comparable to Him." (Koran, 112:1-4)
No indeed, it is one of their blatant lies to say, "God has given birth." They are truly liars. (Koran, 37:151-152)
They say, "God has a son." Glory be to Him! He is the Rich Beyond Need. Everything in the heavens and everything on the Earth belongs to Him. Have you authority to say this or are you saying about God what you do not know? (Koran, 10:68)
If God had desired to have a son He would have chosen whatever He wished from what He has created. Glory be to Him! He is God, the One, the All-Conquering. (Koran, 39:4)
Our Lord is the absolute Ruler of the entire universe. Our Lord has no need of any partner or helper (surely God is beyond that). When He wishes a thing He tells it to "Be," and it is. As God reveals in verses:
He to Whom the Kingdom of the heavens and the Earth belongs. He does not have a son and He has no partner in the Kingdom. He created everything and determined it most exactly. (Koran, 25:2)
And say: "Praise be to God Who has had no son and Who has no partner in His Kingdom and Who needs no one to protect Him from abasement." And proclaim His Greatness repeatedly! (Koran, 17:111)
It is not fitting for God to have a son. Glory be to Him! When He decides on something, He just says to it, "Be!" and it is. (Koran, 19:35)
Almighty God reveals that He is warning those who say, "God has a son" through the Koran. This means that the Koran will show the true path to those Christians who have fallen into error regarding the Trinity. God prevents them from committing this major error by means of the Koran:
[This Koran is] to warn those who say "God has a son." They have no knowledge of this, neither they nor their fathers. It is a monstrous utterance which has issued from their mouths. What they say is nothing but a lie. (Koran, 18:4-5)
The above verses also set out how neither those who claim that God had a son nor those who went before them had any information on the subject, in other words, that this is a complete deception. God describes the danger posed by this ignorantly fabricated claim in the words, "It is a monstrous utterance which has issued from their mouths."
One verse in which our Lord says He has no son also states that there is no other deity than God:
God has no son and there is no other god accompanying Him, for then each god would have gone off with what he created and one of them would have been exalted above the other. Glory be to God above what they describe. (Koran, 23:91)
This verse totally discredits both claims made by those Christians who believe in the Trinity – that Jesus (pbuh) is the son of God and that he has divine status.
In the Koran, Almighty God revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that he should respond as follows to those who make such claims:
Say: "If the All-Merciful had a son, I would be the first to worship him." (Koran, 43:81)
"Failing to properly appreciate God" means not comprehending the sublime attributes of God set out in verses. If someone goes along with belief in the Trinity, then he cannot have understood that God rules all things, that He has no need of instruments or helpers in order to create, that God could have a child if He wished but that He is unfettered by this, that He just says to it "Be" when He desires a thing and that all things in the earth and sky have submitted to His command. God has no need of creating any other deities from His essence. God knows what will be born before it is born, what will be said before it is spoken, what will be seen before people look and what is hidden in their hearts. In short, He knows everything from the beginning of time to the end. Our Lord reveals in one verse:
God, there is no deity but Him, the Living, the Self-Sustaining. He is not subject to drowsiness or sleep. Everything in the heavens and the Earth belongs to Him. Who can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is before them and what is behind them but they cannot grasp any of His knowledge save what He wills. His Footstool encompasses the heavens and the Earth and their preservation does not tire Him. He is the Most High, the Magnificent. (Koran, 2:255)
God's infinite might and power appears as follows in passages from the Gospel:
... Who is God over-all, forever praised. (Romans, 9:5)
... Great and marvelous are Your deeds, Lord God Almighty.... (Revelations, 15:3)
For no word from God will ever fail. (Luke, 1:37)
... for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (Romans, 13:1)
For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans, 11:36)
Everything is submitted to Him. Nothing is left to its own devices. It is incumbent upon every entity to obey our Lord. God possesses a devastating, great and sublime might:
… when everything in the heavens and Earth, willingly or unwillingly, submits to Him … (Koran, 3:83)
Our Lord says in the Gospel:
When God raised up His servant, He sent him [Jesus] first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways. (Acts of the Apostles, 3:26)
In a verse from the Koran God says:
The Messiah would never disdain to be a servant to God nor would the angels near to Him. If any do disdain to worship Him, and grow arrogant, He will in any case gather them all to Him. (Koran, 4:172)
As passages from the Gospel and verses of the Koran make clear, Jesus is a servant of God and as explicitly stated in this verse from the Koran, he is a lovely human being who delights in being a servant of God, who has submitted to Him and who is devoted to Him with a deep passion. The duty of serving God, which he undertakes with a profound love of Him, is unacceptable for some Christians. They misinterpret and deny the duty of service to God that he discharges with love and great delight.
The great majority of those who deny, despite the passages from the Gospel that we shall be examining in detail, that Jesus was created merely as a servant have probably fallen into that error out of ignorance. They imagine, out of their love for Jesus, that if they were to admit that he was a "servant" he would in some way become less valuable and they would be lacking in the appropriate respect for him. Yet the duty of service that Jesus discharged with love and enthusiasm, as an act of worship, was actually a great blessing for him and takes nothing away from his worth. On the contrary, service to God with such a great love made Jesus many times more valuable, raised his station in paradise and made him the beloved of masses of people. Being a servant and prophet who seeks to please God, being someone with a profound intelligence who praised and believed in God unconditionally throughout his life is the greatest of blessings for Jesus.
The fact that Jesus was created solely as a servant of God is also confirmed in other verses:
He [Jesus] said, "I am the servant of God, He has given me the Book and made me a Prophet." (Koran, 19:30)
It is revealed in another verse that Jesus is mortal and that, like all human beings, he will be resurrected in the hereafter:
"Peace be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die and the day I am raised up again alive." (Koran, 19:33)
When the time appointed by God comes, our beloved Prophet Jesus will be sent back down to Earth and will complete his work as messenger, together with Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), in the manner commanded by God. (This will be discussed in later sections of this book). Once Jesus (pbuh) has completed his duty in this world he will pass on, just like every other mortal human being, and his soul will be taken to paradise. Just as with everyone else, it is God Who creates his whole destiny, everything that will happen to him throughout his life. It is also God Who creates all the miracles he worked. Jesus performed these, not through himself, but through God's mercy on him. Throughout his life of this world, he expressed a powerful faith in God and called people to His straight path. It is a fact explicitly set out in the Gospel that Jesus called on people to believe in and serve God:
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'" (Luke, 4: 8)
This is how the Koran reveals that Jesus called on people to believe in God:
God is my Lord and your Lord so worship Him. This is a straight path. (Koran, 19:36)
The greatest error into which some sincere Christians fall in interpreting the references to the "son" in the Torah is to evaluate these references in the literal sense and not to look at the hidden meaning. They make the same mistake in evaluating the words of the Gospel. The fact is, however, that esoteric interpretation is an important secret to understanding the word of God and a requirement for deep reflection.
God's words are explicit, accessible, pithy and wise. However, our Almighty Lord sometimes employs explicit terms and at other times esoteric ones (equivocal wording or statements requiring interpretation at different levels). In order to be able to see the deep meanings and secrets in these wise words, we need to be able to look at them through the eyes of faith; that is esoteric interpretation.
Our Almighty Lord sometimes imparts these deep meanings through metaphor and simile. For example, in one verse of the Koran God says, "Hold fast to the rope of God all together, and do not separate..." (Koran, 3:103), and in another verse He says, "As for those who deny Our signs and are arrogant regarding them, the Gates of Heaven will not be opened for them, and they will not enter the Garden until a camel goes through a needle's eye..." (Koran, 7:40)
The verses in question may be interpreted in their literal senses by some people. In fact, however, the metaphors in both are exceedingly wise and contain meanings that grow deeper the more one reflects on them. Our Lord's reference to "the rope of God" advises people to cling tightly to Him and the path He shows, and to exhibit determination on the subject. Our Lord's reference to a camel passing through the eye of a needle neatly describes how the people in question will be unable to enter paradise - unless God so wishes. This is an extremely fine and profound description. But in order to understand it properly, we also need to perform an esoteric interpretation.
This applies to the Gospel and the Torah, as well as to the Koran. One wise passage from the Gospel requiring esoteric interpretation is this:
This is why I speak to them in parables:
"Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:" 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' (Matthew 13:13-15)
We can cite other examples from the Torah:
Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see… Seeing many things, you observe not; opening the ears, he hears not. (Isaiah, 42:18, 20)
The word of the Lord came to me: "Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people." (Ezekiel, 12:1-2)
A similar passage appears in the Koran:
Can you make the dead hear or guide the blind and those who are patently misguided? (Koran, 43:40)
Deaf, dumb, blind. They will not return. (Koran, 2:18)
These passages from the Gospel, the Koran and the Torah do not, of course, refer to a physical blindness or deafness. What is being emphasized here is a spiritual blindness, deafness and dumbness. The people being referred to here are those who are still unable to see the existence of God even though all the evidence is there and constantly being laid out before their eyes, people who are unable to properly appreciate God. God curses these people with their spiritual blindness and deafness.
If this is taken in the classic sense of blindness and deafness, that will of course lead to very incorrect interpretations. It is very important to be able to perform esoteric interpretation in order to avoid these false analyses because through these profound meanings, God is giving us very great and important messages, and secrets that will lead people to the true path.
It needs to be made clear that a lack of esoteric interpretation appears in various forms in Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Therefore, we should not regard this as a deficiency peculiar to Christians alone. However, given the subject matter, we shall be discussing only that part that involves our Christian brothers here.
Being able to perform esoteric interpretation is of paramount importance in terms of the errors in which some of our Christian brothers find themselves. The superstitious belief that Jesus (pbuh) is the son of God, which has persisted for hundreds of years (surely God is beyond that) is a very significant and major error that stems from a lack of esoteric interpretation. The term "the son of God," which appears in the Gospel and, as discussed above, in the Torah, has been considered in the literal sense alone and interpreted without proper consideration of its deeper meanings.
As we have already seen, however, the term "son" here refers to spiritual proximity to God, love, friendship and being chosen. It is a rather profound reference to being a beloved and chosen servant of God.
Christians must understand that the term "the son of God" has no physical meaning, but rather emphasizes a servant's closeness to God. When they look at the matter using esoteric interpretation they will better understand that a very different and profound message is being imparted through this form of address.
Some Christians may think that only the Koran reveals that Jesus was merely a servant of God. The fact is, however, that Christians' own book, the Gospel, explicitly states, and in various ways, that Jesus was a human being who was tested, prayed, ate, slept when tired and served God. No matter how strongly Christians who believe in the Trinity resist the evidence Muslims bring against the Trinity, Christians' own book, the Gospel, says that Jesus is not the son of God. Every mind and conscience that is free from conditioning and prejudice will immediately understand these explicit and clear words of the Koran.
Evidence from the Gospel that Jesus is not the son of God, merely a human being who serves Him, is as follows:
The birth, lineage and family of Jesus (pbuh)
Historical information shows that Jesus is descended from the Prophet David (pbuh). Jesus is known to the people. The people know who he is descended from and where he was born and grew up. The people are also well acquainted with Jesus' family. Therefore he, like all other human beings, is someone with a specific lineage and birth:
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David (as He said through His holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us— (Luke 1: 69-71)
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: (Matthew 1: 1)
The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!" When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?" The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee." (Matthew 21: 9-11)
"Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?"... (Mark 6: 3)
The human characteristics of Jesus (pbuh)
The fact that Jesus is a human being is a crucial matter that utterly discredits the idea of the Trinity. No matter how much the proponents of the three-in-one suggest the superficial logic that Jesus is a material entity in this world, that he assumed human form in other words, this does not eliminate the fact that Jesus having human characteristics like everyone else totally invalidates the idea of the Trinity: Angels can also assume human form, yet as a manifestation of their superior creation they have no need to eat or rest. That being the case, it is a terrible thing to maintain, may God forbid, that a god could appear on Earth with such human needs (surely God is beyond that).
The information provided about Jesus in the Gospel makes it clear that this worthy person is "a blessed messenger of God, not His son." He lived just like everyone else. Like other human beings, he was born and went through infancy, childhood and adolescence. When he felt the need to eat, he gave thanks to God and ate, together with the disciples. Like everyone else, he became tired at the end of a long day and felt the urge to sleep. In addition, the Gospel says that Jesus had physical needs such as washing and keeping himself clean. Such human attributes totally invalidate the idea of the Trinity. Since Jesus was a servant and a prophet, and since he was tested like everyone else, he was created with human characteristics and needs. The place where needs and deficiencies no longer apply is, of course, paradise.
Some passages from the Gospel regarding the human features of Jesus and that disprove his supposed divine status are as follows:
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2: 52)
When he [Jesus] was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. (Luke 24:30)
And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. (Luke 24: 41-43)
On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?" (Matthew 26: 17)
While Jesus was having dinner at Levi's house,... (Mark 2: 15)
Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. (Mark 3: 20)
While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me." (Mark 14: 18)
When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. (Luke 7: 36)
... Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" (John 4: 6-7)
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion... (Mark 4: 38)
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he [Jesus] said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." (Mark 6: 31)
...Tired of the voyage he made, Jesus sat near the well.... (John, 4: 4)
"The Last Supper" showing Jesus (pbuh) and his disciples (Il Cenacolo or L'Ultima Cena)
How Jesus (pbuh) was tested and how satan tried to tempt him
The Gospel explicitly describes how Jesus was a human being tested by God. It is absolutely out of the question for a human being who is tested by God to also be God (surely God is beyond that). It is impossible for someone who satan tried to lead away from the true path to possess such a characteristic. God reveals in the Gospel how Jesus was a human being who was tested by and served Him:
[Jesus:] "You are those who have stood by me in my trials." (Luke 22: 28)
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'" (Luke 4: 5-8)
When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. (Luke 4: 13)
The fact that Jesus (pbuh) was born without a father is no evidence for the Trinity; the Prophet Adam (pbuh) was also born with no mother or father
Trinitarian Christians point to the miraculous birth of Jesus without a father as supposed evidence for their claims. The fact is, however, that they never think, while regarding this as very powerful evidence, that the Prophet Adam was born without either a mother or a father. The Prophet Adam was created in paradise with no natural cause or intermediary, simply by God commanding him to "Be!" Such an act of creation is surely even more miraculous, yet no Christian has ever attributed divinity to the Prophet Adam. This way of thinking that some Christians propose as evidence for the Trinity is thus completely invalid. It can never, ever prove the so-called divine status they seek to bestow on Jesus.
The creation of Adam is described as follows in the Gospel and the Torah:
For Adam was formed first, then Eve; (1 Timothy 2: 13)
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2: 7)
None of the references to "son" in the Gospel are understood in the literal sense. The idea of being a real son is only attributed to Jesus (pbuh)
The terms "the son of God" or "the sons of God" are employed in many places throughout the Gospel. As we shall be seeing in detail, the words "son of God" are an expression of love. They express the idea that someone is a blessed, trustworthy, loyal and beloved servant of God. They therefore quite definitely do not mean "son" in any physical or literal sense. This term is used in many places in the Gospel and is addressed to very different people, but nowhere it is used in the physical or literal sense. As in the expression "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God" (Matthew 5: 9), those who bring about peace will be the beloved and valued servants of God. No Christian can interpret this to mean a literal son or attribute any other meaning to it.
The term "son of God" in the Gospel has been interpreted in the physical and literal sense only with regard to Jesus. Although the same term appears, with absolutely no difference in the wording, only Jesus has ever been considered as being a real son. This shows how the term "son of God" has been distorted from its true meaning and how it is deliberately used with a meaning unique to Jesus. Various passages from the Gospel referring to a son or children of God read as follows:
[Jesus:] "But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked." (Luke 6: 35)
And, I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6: 18)
Jesus is referred to as the "Son of Man" 80 times in holy scriptures. While Christians who support the Trinity try to explain this away in various ways, the term "son of man," barnasha in Aramaic, the mother tongue of Jesus, is a special one meaning "human." Therefore, the term "son of man" is the equivalent of saying "human" in that language. (Prof. Dr. Mehmet Bayrakdar, The Birth of a Christian Dogma, the Trinity, Ankara School Press, September 2007, p. 168)
The term of address "Father" in the Gospel is also metaphorical and calls on all mankind
As well as the word "son," the term "Father" also appears in the Gospel. The reference to "Father" here expresses protection, love and affection. It refers to people who bear the spirit of God, who are told of paradise and who are spiritually close to Him. It is not used in the literal sense, of course. Yet people who believe in the Trinity adopt the literal meaning of a word whose true sense is so clear in the Gospel and suggest that it means the biological father of Jesus in those passages referring to the prophet. This is blatantly misleading and a total distortion of a subject whose meaning is actually so very clear.
Some of the passages in the Gospel in which the term "Father" is used and whose metaphorical meaning is perfectly clear read as follows:
Then your Father, Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you... Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (Matthew 6: 4, 8)
Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (Matthew 6: 1)
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, Who is unseen. Then your Father, Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6: 6)
The term "children of God" in the Gospel is also a metaphorical one
The term "children of God," which appears in many passages in the Gospel, refers to believers and refers to a spiritual and metaphorical closeness. It emphasizes that these people are blessed and valued in the Sight of God, and who may hope to have earned His approval. There is no question of any divine status here. Anyone looking at the terms "Father," "son" and "children of God" in the Gospel from an unbiased perspective can easily see that these are metaphorical terms and are used in order to express God's closeness, love, affection and protectiveness. It is baffling why these words, so frequently employed in the Gospel, are interpreted differently when it comes to Jesus. The meaning does not change. The significance is the same metaphorical one, but Trinitarians deliberately distort it.
Some passages in the Gospel that refer to the "children of God" read as follows:
Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. (John, 1:12)
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1 John, 3:2)
This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His commands. (1 John, 5:2)
One example of the term "Father" having a metaphorical meaning is its use for the Prophet Abraham (pbuh)
In the Gospel, the Prophet Abraham is described as the "father" of the faithful. The word "father" is obviously being used metaphorically here; the use of that term emphasizes the Prophet Abraham's leadership, protectiveness and guidance to his followers.
Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. (Romans, 4:16)
"Abraham is our father," they answered. "If you were Abraham's children," said Jesus, "then you would do what Abraham did." (John, 8:39)
Serving the created instead of the Creator, a mortal human being instead of God, is condemned in the Gospel
The passages from the Gospel on this subject are highly significant. They report that people of the time worshiped a created entity, a mortal human being in other words, instead of the Creator, and adopted him as their deity. This is the current situation of Christians who believe in the Trinity. They have adopted a human being as their god and have declared that, in their eyes, a created entity is actually the Creator. God warns them as follows in the Gospel:
For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—Who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans, 1:21-25)
How Jesus (pbuh) said "God is One"
God is One. Jesus explicitly said so. It is expressly stated in several passages in the Gospel that God is the One and Only, that only He must be served and that people must believe in Him without ascribing equals to Him. (You can find all the passages from the Gospel concerning the Oneness of God in the pages that follow.) Nowhere in these passages are there any illogical references to a three-in-one, nor to three separate deities meaning one deity or to three separate entities being essentially one. All the Gospel says is that "God is One." The fact set out in the Gospel is that there is no other god than Him. It is so easy to see this that it is astonishing how, despite these many explicit passages in the Christian Gospel, they could ever have developed the doctrine of the Trinity.
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." "Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is One and there is no other but Him." (Mark, 12:28-32)
To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty... (Jude, 1: 24)
You believe that there is One God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble! (James, 2: 19)
How Jesus (pbuh) commanded fear of God
According to the Gospel, Jesus commanded people to fear, not him, but God alone. Some Christians may claim that the subject is the three-in-one, for which reason Jesus is thus referring to himself. This confusion is of course something that only proponents of the Trinity can use to deceive people. Nobody with a strong conscience must be taken in by this deception, however. The meaning of the passage is clear and explicit. Jesus is not calling on anyone to worship him. On the contrary, he calls on them to turn to God, the One and Only, alone.
[Jesus:] Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One Who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew, 10:28)
How Jesus (pbuh) commanded people to love God
In the Gospel, Jesus also constantly desires people to turn to and love God.
"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'" (Mark, 12:29-30)
How Jesus (pbuh) commanded people to beseech God
Under the error of the Trinity, the person to whom prayers should be addressed is Jesus. And present-day proponents of the Trinity do indeed pray to Jesus. In the Gospel, however, Jesus personally says that prayer should be addressed to God. There is no doubt about that command. Nowhere in the Gospel does Jesus tell people that they need to turn to him into order to pray to God. He advises them to pray directly to God. Confused and misleading ideas such as the need for intermediaries in order to pray and that prayers can reach God only through Jesus are fabrications by Trinitarians. The passages from the Gospel are clear to anyone looking with the eyes of the heart and of logic.
Then he [Jesus] said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field." (Matthew, 9:37-38)
How Jesus (pbuh) said that God alone should be served
In the Gospel, Jesus calls on people to serve God, not him. Those who seek to misinterpret these statements by Jesus to the effect that he is referring to himself are those people who seek to include the Trinity in the Gospel. The passage is explicit; like the Prophets Abraham, Moses and Muhammad, Jesus (peace be upon them all) preaches the message sent to him as a beloved prophet of God and calls on people to serve God.
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only." (Luke, 4:8, Matthew, 4:10)
How Jesus (pbuh) commanded people to believe in God
In the Gospel, Jesus performs the duty of prophethood bestowed on him and calls on people to believe in God.
"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. (Mark 11:22)
How Jesus (pbuh) recommended that everything be done for God's approval
In the Gospel, Jesus advises people to act for God's approval, not for his. This means it is Almighty God's approval that people must seek, not that of Jesus.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Romans 14:6-8)
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward... (Colossians 3:23-24)
How Jesus (pbuh) encouraged people to praise and laud God alone
Jesus always told those around him that only our Lord God was to be praised and lauded, and encouraged them to praise and laud Him. Jesus does not refer to himself in these passages from the Gospel. Such an interpretation appears nowhere in these passages. Jesus says that the knowledge he possesses belongs, not to himself but to God, and he encourages people to turn directly to our Lord God.
The Jews there were amazed and asked, "How did this man get such learning without having been taught?"Jesus answered, "My teaching is not my own. It comes from the One Who sent me. Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the One Who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him." (John, 7:15-18)
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" ... Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone." (Mark, 10:17-18)
How Jesus (pbuh) obeyed God
Jesus says in the Gospel that he is a servant of God, that he was sent as a prophet and that, as required by his being a prophet, he has a responsibility to obey God's commands. He says that he does nothing of himself and that he fulfills the tasks given to him by Almighty God.
An omnipotent God rules His creations as described in the verse from the Koran "When He decides on something, He just says to it, 'Be!' and it is." (Koran, 2:117). Jesus is a servant who knows this and who obeys God.
Jesus praises the greatness of God, the Creator, in just about everything he says and states that he is obeying His commands. There is therefore nothing in Jesus' words in the Gospel on this subject to support the idea of the Trinity.
[Jesus:] "... For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him Who sent me." (John, 6:38)
[Jesus:] "By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but Him Who sent me." (John, 5:30)
How Jesus (pbuh) said that he worked miracles by God's leave
God is of course the sole Ruler. And God, the Lord of All, is also the Lord of Jesus whom He sent as a prophet. Jesus of course knows that everything he does, he does by our Lord's leave. A great many passages in the Gospel show that Jesus spoke in the awareness of that, that he praised God and called people to Him.
... And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. (Luke, 5:17)
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; (John, 13:3)
Some Christians may interpret these statements from the Gospel as follows: "Jesus had both divine and human characteristics. It is therefore normal for him to have exhibited human ones." This interpretation perfectly illustrates the logical collapse at the root of the belief in the Trinity. How can an entity with human characteristics, created with the weaknesses demanded by the life of this world be divine? How can such an idea be acceptable to people who claim to love God? God is Almighty, He Who creates the deficiencies in this world as a test, although He Himself is unfettered by any deficiencies. As we have stressed many times and will be looking at in later sections of this book, the problem is one of a failure to understand the might of God and to properly appreciate Him.
All statements based on the Gospel clearly show that Jesus is a loyal and obedient servant of God and a human being. These statements cited in the Gospel have gradually been filtered through the illogicality of the Trinity, and attempts have been made to make the words of the Gospel compatible with Trinitarian doctrine through confusing interpretations. The fact is, however, that when someone who has not been exposed to this deceptive indoctrination looks at the Gospel he can easily see that Jesus is a servant and a human being. Such a person can easily see what a forced interpretation the idea of the Trinity is. He will be astonished at the way such a concept as the Trinity could have emerged from such explicit statements. Therefore, looked at with a clear mind and an unbiased perspective, every Christian will see that the Gospel contains nothing about the Trinity in any form and that, on the contrary, as shown by the passages quoted above, it is in fact full of statements that explicitly refute the idea of the Trinity.
Evidence from the Koran That Jesus (pbuh) Was a Human Being
God states in the Koran that Jesus and his mother Hazrat Mary (pbuh) were envoys with human characteristics. The words "Both of them ate food" in the following verse are deliberately employed to emphasize this important truth:
The Messiah, the son of Mary, was only a messenger, before whom other messengers came and went. His mother was a woman of truth. Both of them ate food. See how We make the signs clear to them! Then see how they are perverted! (Koran, 5:75)
Almighty God also states that Jesus was born, that he had a childhood and that he worked his miracles by God's leave:
Remember when God said, "Jesus, son of Mary, remember My blessing to you and to your mother when I reinforced you with the Purest Spirit so that you could speak to people in the cradle and when you were fully grown; and when I taught you the Book and Wisdom, and the Torah and the Gospel and when you created a bird-shape out of clay by My permission, and then breathed into it and it became a bird by My permission; and healed the blind and the leper by My permission; and when you brought forth the dead by My permission; and when I held back the tribe of Israel from you, when you brought them the clear signs and those of them who were unbelievers said, 'This is nothing but downright magic.'" (Koran, 5:110)
In another verse, Almighty God reminds the proponents of the Trinity that, like all other human beings, Jesus had no power to do anything unless God so willed it.
Those who say, "God is the Messiah, son of Mary," are unbelievers. Say: "Who possesses any power at all over God if He desires to destroy the Messiah, son of Mary, and his mother, and everyone else on Earth?" The kingdom of the heavens and the Earth and everything between them belongs to God. He creates whatever He wills. God has power over all things. (Koran, 5:17)
Of course Jesus is a human being much beloved of God, who is honored and selected by Him; he is His prophet. But ultimately he is a servant. In the Koran, Jesus calls on the children of Israel to worship the One God, against those who would deify him:
Those who say that the Messiah, son of Mary, is God are unbelievers. The Messiah said, "Tribe of Israel! Worship God, my Lord and your Lord. If anyone associates anything with God, God has forbidden him the Garden and his refuge will be the Fire." The wrongdoers will have no helpers. Those who say that God is the third of three are unbelievers. There is no god but One God. If they do not stop saying what they say, a painful punishment will afflict those among them who are unbelievers. Why do they not turn to God and ask for His forgiveness? God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Koran, 5:72-74)
In other verses of the Koran, Jesus preaches as follows to the people of Israel:
"I come confirming the Torah I find already there, and to make lawful for you some of what was previously forbidden to you. I have brought you a sign from your Lord. So have fear of God and obey me. God is my Lord and your Lord so worship Him. That is a straight path." (Koran, 3:50-51)
Jesus preached the fact that Almighty God is both his Lord and that of all created things. The few disciples who heeded this message of Jesus spoke of him as a "messenger":
... The disciples said, "We are God's helpers. We believe in God. Bear witness that we are Muslims. Our Lord, we have faith in what You have sent down and have followed the messenger, so write us down among the witnesses." (Koran, 3:52-53)
Almighty God says that He has sent messengers to Earth and makes it clear in a verse that it is impossible for them to say, "Abandon God and worship me:"
It is not right for any human being that God should give him the Book and Judgment and Prophethood, and then that he should say to people, "Be worshipers of me rather than God." Rather he will say, "Be people of the Lord because of your knowledge of the Book and because you study." (Koran, 3:79)
As shown by the evidence in these and many other verses, Jesus is a blessed and holy messenger created by God. He is a human being who is a friend of God, a prophet and a servant of God. But in no way is he the son of God; he never claimed to be divine, but sought shelter in God against that. When preaching his message he always reminded people that he was a servant of God and called on them to believe in Him.
Our Lord described those who, despite the evidence provided in the Koran and the Gospel, say that "God is the third of the three" as having "fallen into unbelief." The error of the Trinity is strongly opposed in the Koran, and is a grave and profound danger against which our Lord warns in several verses. Many of our Christian brothers today are going along with what they have been taught and are in all likelihood unaware of the scale of this profound error. The Christians in question must become aware of the magnitude of this danger.
The Koran is the last book. It was sent down to confirm the Gospel, and our Christian brothers therefore have a responsibility to pay heed to the truths revealed in the Koran. They must be open to the guidance of the Koran. This will be a blessing and a mercy for them.
Those Christians Who Claim That the Trinity Originates from the Torah Are Mistaken
The term "Son of God" and the term "We," which God uses for His own person, appear in many places in the Torah. Some Christians regard these terms as the source of belief in the Trinity. However, they make a grave mistake.
1. One of the names of God in Hebrew is "Elohim." In Hebrew, the suffix -im is generally used to express the plural (such as with bayit; home, batim; homes). Due to this suffix in the noun Elohim, some Christians have thought that the name of God here is a plural form and they have claimed that, according to the Torah, the Israelites also believed in the Trinity. However, there are several words in Hebrew that end with the suffix -im but still express a singular form: these include Panim; face, Shamayim; sky or skies, Rahamim; mercy or compassion, Mayim; water and, Pnim; interior, and many others. The idea that the Torah therefore contains the concept of the Trinity is based on ignorance.
In any case, in Hebrew the verb changes according to whether the subject is singular or plural. It is therefore easy to tell if a sentence refers to a single person or more than one by looking at the verb. If the word Elohim were plural, as some Christians maintain, then the Hebrew should read "Vayomru Elohim" (the gods said). But on every occasion the Torah reads "Vayomer Elohim" (God said).
2. The same thing applies to another name of God in the Hebrew Gospel. Some Christians mispronounce the word "Adonai." What it really means is "My Lords." But this is not the correct pronunciation in Hebrew. The word is read "Adonoy" and very definitely is not a plural form.
3. Christians try to use these words that appear in the Book of Genesis as evidence for the idea of the three-in-one:
Then God said, "Let Us make mankind in Our image, in Our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. (Genesis, 1: 26-27)
Christians seek to use this passage in which God refers to Himself in the plural saying, "Let Us make mankind in Our image, in Our likeness," and then in the next passage His referring to Himself in the singular as major evidence for the Trinity. This is an exceedingly forced interpretation, however. Anybody, even a child, who has not been indoctrinated with the idea of the Trinity will immediately realize that the plural forms here are specially used to emphasize the might and greatness of God. The word "We" which our Lord uses for His own person appears in many verses of the Koran, which condemns the idea of the Trinity or the three-in-one:
We have decreed death for you and We will not be forestalled. (Koran, 56:60)
4. Christians also interpret the following passage of the Torah according to their own mindset:
Come near me and listen to this: "From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there." And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me, endowed with His Spirit. (Isaiah, 48:16)
Christians also misinterpret this passage from the Torah and try to use it as evidence for the Trinity with some compulsory explanations made in parenthesis. They say that the three elements of the Trinity appear in it. However, the term "son of God" does not appear in it at all, while the section interpreted as the Holy Spirit actually refers to the spirit of God that He breathed into man. God also reveals in the Koran that He breathed His Own Spirit into man:
He Who has created all things in the best possible way. He commenced the creation of man from clay; then produced his seed from an extract of base fluid; then formed him and breathed His Spirit into him and gave you hearing, sight and hearts. What little thanks you show! (Koran, 32:7-9)
God's breathing of His Own Spirit shows that every human being bears His Spirit and that nothing is separate from God. It is inconceivable how Christians interpret this to mean the Holy Spirit and manage to glean the idea of the son of God from this.
5. The following passage from the Zabur (the Book of Psalms in the Torah) is also misinterpreted by some Christians:
I will proclaim the Lord's decree: He said to me, "You are My son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the Earth your possession." (Psalms 2:7-8)
As also appears in other passages from the Torah, the concept being described as "son" here refers to Israel. The reference here is to how God will protect the devout people of Israel. This passage describes how God will protect His beloved servants as a father protects his sons.
6. Efforts have also been made to equate the reference to "son of man" in the following passage from the Book of Daniel 7:13-14 to the misinterpretations of the Gospel and to claim that this refers to the divine nature ascribed to Jesus. This is a totally false interpretation, however:
"In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His Presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed." (Daniel, 7:13-14)
The reference here is to a mortal human being, and Torah scholars are unanimously agreed that the "King" refers to the King Messiah, the Mahdi, who will come in the End Times. The King Messiah will reign over all nations, and all peoples and nations will be content with him.
It needs to be stated that the Jews never regarded the passages from the Torah in question in terms of the Trinity, neither in the time of the Prophet Moses (pbuh) nor afterward. These concepts were never understood in the sense of the Trinity when the Torah was first revealed. The Jews are perfectly well aware of the true and profound meanings of these terms in the Torah and seek shelter with God from interpreting them as involving the Trinity. They understand the sense of these terms and realize that they stress the love, protectiveness and closeness of God to His servant. Indeed, Jews also oppose the false impressions that some Christians seek to give through their literal interpretation of passages from the Torah.
The Christians who interpret these passages in terms of the Trinity also seek to produce evidence for their claims from the Koran. Yet the belief that appears in all these passages from the Torah and the Psalms is a monotheistic faith. The Gospel, which confirms the Torah, also praises this monotheistic faith. Our Christian brothers really must see this reality in the Gospel.
A synagogue in Berlin
Supporters of the Trinity maintain that the belief originates from the Torah. Because Christian belief needs to be compatible with the Torah they seek to produce evidence from it, in their own eyes, and interpret some passages from the Torah in an incorrect manner. However, Judaic clergy have always rejected this specious claim made by the supporters of the Trinity. The Torah also rejects belief in the Trinity, just like the Gospel.
The Idea That God Appeared in Human Form Must Also Be Repellent to Christians
Devout Christians need to behave honestly on this subject and see that the attribution of divinity to a human being contravenes the Christianity brought by Jesus (pbuh) and the words of the Torah and the Gospel; they also need to see that it flies in the face of all reason and logic. They need to admit the possibility that such a belief, added to the true Gospel only many centuries later, can pose a major spiritual danger and to reflect deeply on the subject. What sense or meaning could there possibly be to ascribing the sublime attributes of God to a human being and regarding and portraying a person created to be weak as divine? Almighty God has no need of that (Surely God is beyond that). As we have recalled many times, such an attribution means a failure to properly appreciate the might and greatness of God.
Above and beyond this, Christians themselves must reject the idea of Almighty God appearing on Earth in the form of a human being. This is not only disrespect for the glory of Almighty God, this is the most flagrant paganism, as such tales of the gods such as Zeus, Apollo, Poseidon and others taking human form and interacting with people are numerous and well-known in the ancient Greco-Roman pagan religions. God's might, greatness, glory, might and infinite power are a blessing for Christians; is it better to believe in an All-Powerful God or to take as one's god a human being who sleeps, eats and has needs? All Christians will of course at once see the answer to this.
God has no need to appear as a mortal and needy entity in order to reveal His sublime Presence to human beings. (Surely God is beyond that.) Our Christian brothers must consider the Gospel and the Torah rationally and evaluate all these things in a manner compatible with the glory of God.
The fact that Jesus (pbuh) has human characteristics is not, of course, a state of affairs that will in any way reduce his value as a prophet. Jesus is a greatly valued and most holy prophet of our Almighty Lord. Like all other prophets, he occupies the loftiest and holiest position in God's Sight. He is God's beloved friend, a great messenger. Therefore, the fact he was created as a human being detracts nothing whatsoever from his worth, importance and lofty status as a prophet.
What is important is to believe in God – our One and Only Creator. God wants people to believe in and serve Him, without engaging in idolatry. There is no need for God to appear on Earth in human form for people to be able to serve Him. If our Christian brothers wish to approach this subject from a genuinely honest perspective they should ask themselves this question:
What would God lose from any of His attributes by not manifesting His Presence in Jesus? (Surely God is beyond that)
God not manifesting His Presence in a human being would take nothing away from His attributes, sublimity and beauty. Indeed, this will increase His beauty and make His sublime qualities better and more properly appreciated. How could it be possible to appreciate the sublime qualities of God by imagining that He manifested His Presence in a mortal, weak and needy human being who sleeps and eats? Of course, this is not possible.
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One." "Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is One and there is no other but Him." (Mark 12:28-32)
... But God is One. (Galatians 3:20)
The Lord is One. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. (1 Corinthians 12:6)
For there is one God... (1 Timothy 2:5)
Jesus said to him, "... Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only." (Matthew 4:10)
to the only God our Savior be glory... (Jude 1:25)
You believe that there is One God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. (James 2:19)
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. (1 Timothy 1:17)
How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God? (John 5:44)
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answered, ".. No one is good—except God alone." (Mark 10:17-18)
... We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no god but One... for us there is but one God, the God, from Whom all things came and for Whom we live... (1 Corinthians 8:4-6)
... You have one Lord... (Matthew 23:9)
"Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One Who is good. If you want to enter life [paradise], obey the commandments of [God]." (Matthew 19:17)
For even if there are so-called gods [surely God is beyond that], whether in heaven or on Earth yet for us there is one God, the God, for Whom all things came and for Whom we live. (1 Corinthians 8:5-6)
... One Lord, one faith... one God of all, Who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:5-6)
For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. (Hebrews 3:4)
A great many people live unaware of a most important secret. This secret, which will change people’s entire lives and their conception of the hereafter and this world, is that we live entirely within our brains. To put it another way, nobody can ever step outside the world shown to his soul inside his brain and therefore can never experience the original of matter on the outside.
This can be clarified as follows: The information reaching us as an image from the outside world is merely a quantity of light. If we can see the image of an apple, smell it, taste it and hold it in our hands, then all this comes about through a handful of light. In other words, nothing apart from this quantity of light reaches us from the apple on the outside. We can never experience the apple itself. For example, photons reaching our eyes from the apple are converted in the eye into an electric current and this electrical current received in the brain is interpreted as an image of an apple. To put it another way again, an image totally independent of the original on the outside forms in our brains and we only experience this apple inside our brains. There is no direct connection between the apple on the outside and the one in our brains.
This applies to everything we see, taste, touch, smell and hear. None of the images that form in our brains are the originals of their counterparts on the outside. Matter does exist on the outside, but the original of that matter is in its entirety transparent and dark. It is impossible for us to have any kind of direct contact with this dark and transparent matter on the outside. This is a scientific fact that scientists have identified and are unanimously agreed on. (It has been established that 99.9999% of the atom is empty space, and quantum physics has shown that atomic particles exhibit particle properties and also wave properties, thus establishing the true nature of matter and that there is no light and color on the outside. For greater detail on the subject see, Darwin’s Dilemma: The Soul, by Harun Yahya)
The following point needs to be stressed here: The fact that we can never experience the original of matter is an indisputable and scientifically proven fact; it is not a question of personal belief. Science has proved that all our life is created, in perfect detail and clarity, inside our brains, that we can never experience the world on the outside and that the matter on the outside is entirely transparent.
Even if they are aware of this truth intellectually, a great many people still never escape the feeling that they do directly experience the outside world. The incessant sharpness and quality of the image keep them away from thinking about this fact. The reason for that is that the image created in our brains and consisting solely of electrical signals is extraordinarily vivid, colorful, active and flawless. This is of course a very easy matter for Almighty God, the Creator of all the worlds, Who creates the most astonishing worlds within the atoms and in the voids of space, Who is exalted in power to bring all things into being with perfect order and extraordinary artistry, the Owner of all beauty and He is Rich Beyond Need, Praiseworthy. Our Almighty Lord has created a world in every person’s mind, unique to him or her alone, and equipped with the greatest detail and perfection.
What this means is this: All the planets, the Milky Way, the stars, the Sun, everyone on Earth, millions of living species, their lives, things underground, cells, proteins, atoms and all the worlds inside the atom are all created by God’s leave in a spot inside our brains no larger than a lentil bean. This tiny space where the image is created is itself also an image. It is the soul that sees these images within the brain and perceives these sensations. And God causes our souls to experience what we call "our life" or "the outside world."
The soul has no brain or ears, but you still hear the signals reaching your brain without these, in the form of pleasant music, noise from the street outside or a friend’s voice. The soul also has no eyes, but it still sees the signals reaching brain in the form of an electric current as a delightful view or familiar face. The world and the universe are therefore metaphysical. Whether or not people want to think about this, or pretend not to understand it, they only experience a world that God shows to their souls and – unless God wishes otherwise – they can never step outside that world and can never experience the matter whose original exists on the outside.
The fact that everything is created as an image inside our brains means we can better grasp the concept of manifestation. Since everything is just an image, and since the matter on the outside is dark and transparent, all the bright, active and colorful images created in our minds are exactly the same by nature. To put it another way, everything in the world we experience is an illusion forming in our minds. We watch all these illusory images on a screen in our brains. This is a law created by God. And under God’s law, matter does exist on the outside, but we can never go beyond this to experience the original of matter, and it is impossible to step outside the images inside our brains.
Therefore, "everything"; all the things that we see and experience in our brains is a manifestation of God. All mothers and fathers are manifestations of God. And all children are manifestations of God. All butterflies, birds, trees, roses and fruits are manifestations of God. Planets, suns, stars and the vast universe are manifestations of God. When God called to the Prophet Moses (pbuh) from the bush, He was manifested in the bush. There are no exceptions because everything is a part of an image of matter on the outside created inside our brains. These images include attractive people, our families, fine houses, buildings and majestic mountains, as well as shanty homes, dirty side streets, war, slaughter, conflict, ugliness and disease. Pleasant and unpleasant things are all part of the same image. They are all created as an illusion in our brains in order to produce the life of this world, and are therefore images created by God and manifestations of Him.
Some Christians are unaware or fail to understand that matter is just an image in the brain, and thus misinterpret references to "manifestations of God in this world." By saying that only Jesus is a manifestation of God, these Christians are ascribing divine status to him (may God forbid), while maintaining that everything else is independent of Him – surely God is beyond this.
It is impossible for us to step outside the images in our brain and experience the original of matter. We watch merely the brightly colored and mobile world we are shown. Everything is therefore created as a phantom in our brains. So these are all images and manifestations created by God. This clarification of the subject of manifestation refutes the idea that "A manifestation of God means the incarnation of God." Jesus (pbuh) is merely a fine manifestation of God, but he is not the incarnation of God.
Of course Jesus bears the spirit of God, and surely God manifests Himself in him in the most merciful way. But nothing in this world is independent of God; all things are the work of and manifestations of God. Everything, attractive or ugly, good or bad, exists through God’s creation and by His leave. But these Christians in question are making a grave error by misinterpreting being a manifestation of God as meaning His Own Person. They maintain that only Jesus is a manifestation of God, and that nothing else on Earth, and especially evils and ugliness, can never be regarded as manifestations of Him.
A manifestation of God does not necessarily mean the Person of God. People can never see Almighty God, but they are in constant contact with His manifestations. Everything we see is an image of matter existing on the outside, and that image is a whole on one single screen. For us, the whole world consists of these images, because we can never have direct experience of the matter on the outside. These copy images inside our brains are not independent of our Lord (surely God is beyond that), and it is impossible for them to be so. Therefore, Jesus and all other entities are parts of the same image, and are all manifestations of God.
The subject of the reality of matter, scientifically described above, totally does away with these erroneous Christian beliefs regarding Jesus. Honest Christians must therefore consider the matter in depth. As we have already said, this fact is not a personal interpretation or belief. It is a proven, scientific fact, and not a single scientist in today’s 21st Century will deny it. To renounce it would be like maintaining an unscientific claim such as that the Earth is flat. Therefore, those who seek to ascribe divinity to Jesus by bringing up the existence of the material world have been deceived by materialism and thus discredited right at the very outset.
With his excellent fear and love of God, his superior morals and exemplary behavior, as well as the miracles bestowed on him by our Lord, Jesus (pbuh) is of course a very special manifestation of God. He is a beloved servant of God and a holy prophet who represents an intense manifestation of the Most-Merciful name of God. Some Christians may imagine that if they regard Jesus, a holy and blessed prophet and servant of God, as another manifestation of Him they will be betraying him and that this will damage the love they feel for him. The fact is, however, that to deify God's blessed prophet [may God forbid] very definitely cannot be an expression of love. On the contrary, it is a serious error stemming from failing to understand love of God. One must seek shelter in God from any such conception. Love is to be directed toward God, the Creator and the Lord of all worlds. That is why the most blessed manifestations of our Lord are very much loved. Our love for Jesus stems from our love of God. The more we love God, the more our love for Jesus will grow and be strengthened.
The fact that Jesus is a manifestation of God like all other things, does not, of course, reduce his worth. He is a virtuous and pure servant of God, a blessed and lovely prophet chosen by our Lord. Loving him for these fine qualities and for God’s sake is far more valuable and excellent. And that is the form of love that God will find pleasing and that needs to be shown.
We created humanity and We know what his own self whispers to him. We are nearer to him than his jugular vein. (Koran, 50:16)
Some Muslims and Christians interpret the passage "We are nearer to him than his jugular vein" to mean a kind of spiritual closeness, rather than a physical one, and thus try to deny the fact that God is everywhere. Under their own false beliefs, the Christians in question claim that a belief in a "remote God" prevails in Islam and that God is inaccessible in it (this is far from the truth). They imagine in this way they can build a foundation for the concept of "the son of God," and that instead of the supposed belief in the "remote" God (surely God is beyond this) they imagine to prevail in Islam, they claim that in Christianity God makes contact with His servants through Jesus (pbuh). This is a most serious error and stems from an inability to fully grasp the difference between the Person of God and His manifestation.
We perceive many things by the sea shore. The smell of the sea, the coolness of the breeze, the sound of the waves, the wetness of the pebbles, the distance of the horizon and all these things are only a collection of perceptions created in our brains. In fact, we can experience no real version of these objects outside our brains. There are only images, and these images are all manifestations of God. This means that God is closer to us than the pebbles we seem to feel in our hands.
The term "We are nearer to him than his jugular vein" in the verse refers to a physical proximity as well as a spiritual one. As we have already explained, since everything is part of an illusion in our brains and our whole lives are the total of these images forming in our brains, then our bodies, cells and everything we possess and experience are images and, like all these copy images of matter, they are also manifestations of God. Therefore, God is closer to us even than the person we imagine to be closest to us. This is a completely physical closeness, because God enfolds people from all directions, inside and out.
The Person of God is of course different. But the manifestations of God are everywhere. If a person says that God is not there when he enters a room, then he has abandoned the faith. If he says, "Everything is a manifestation of God, except for this small box," then he has again abandoned the faith. By saying that, he is placing boundaries on the infinite greatness of God and claiming that there are other entities independent of Him (surely God is beyond that). Even if the thing he regards as independent of God is just a box then he is again, albeit unwittingly, denying the greatness of God, may He forbid. But it is God alone Who is eternal and absolute. Therefore, when a person enters a room, the manifestations of God are everywhere he sees or does not see, including the room itself. Wherever a person turns, the manifestation of God is there.
Several verses of the Koran reveal that God enfolds all space, and that wherever we look, He is there. The expressions in these verses are clear judgments. In Chapter 2, verse 255 of the Koran, for instance, God says, "... His Footstool encompasses the heavens and the Earth..." In Chapter 11, verse 92, "... But my Lord encompasses everything that you do!" it is revealed that God enfolds people and all they do.
God makes this truth quite explicit in the Gospel:
He [God] is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians, 1:17)
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's Sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account. (Hebrews, 4:13)
Once people realize the truth described above, that we can never have a direct experience of the matter on the outside, only with illusions or copy images in our brains, they will also fully understand that God is everywhere and the only absolute entity. God is not only in the heavens; God enfolds and surrounds all places. This knowledge is imparted by means of the Koran. When we pray, God hears us everywhere and at every moment. God shows us manifestations of Himself everywhere. God loves us and is the closest to us. Nobody is closer to us than God. There is no distance between us and God. People who understand that they can never have direct experience of the original of matter on the outside will also fully comprehend that God is everywhere at all times, that He sees and hears them at all moments, that He witnesses everything and is closer to them than their own jugular veins, that He answers every prayer, and that both spiritually and physically, it is our Almighty Lord God Who is closest to us of all.
Since we are bound by time and space, we may fail to properly appreciate that God enfolds the heavens and the Earth and all that exists. But the fact is that God’s enfolding all space means He also enfolds everyone’s very cells and the atoms thereof. Not one atom is independent of God. Each is a manifestation of God, and God knows them all. Nowhere is without God.
Some Christians, who are unaware of or fail to properly appreciate the real issue about matter described above, set out the reason why they attribute divine status to Jesus (pbuh) as follows: "Since we are all material entities and this world is a material one, there has to be a material entity if we and the world are to be saved." Such a claim is a most superficial one and stems from an inability to properly understand that God is everywhere and the closest to us at all times, and that He can reach all His servants whenever He desires and however He desires, and also from an ignorance of the true nature of matter. First of all, nothing we have direct experience of is matter. And that includes ourselves. The matter on the outside we can never have direct experience of does not have a material nature as we understand it: it is dark and transparent. We live in a world that we see only in our brains, made up of copy images or illusions of originals in the outside world we can never have direct experience of. We imagine we experience the outside world through our five senses. Yet everything consists solely of electrical signals. If all the electrical signals going to the brain were cut off, the realm we refer to as the material world would instantly cease to exist. To summarize, nothing in the world we see is a material entity. For us, everything that exists on the outside consists of copy images we experience within our brains. The idea that there has to be a material deity (may God forbid) in such a world is therefore totally illogical. There is nothing material about this world in our brains.
The idea, as the Christians in question maintain, that God has to be manifested in a single human being in order to reach us and show us His love and closeness is an unrealistic and fantastical belief. God has no need of this. Our Almighty Lord is beyond all imperfection. (As we mentioned earlier, the manifestation here definitely does not implicate the Person of God). God is everywhere. He is with us at every moment. He is manifested in all things.
The conception of God being at a distance from His servant is a contradiction of the logic and reason behind the belief in the Trinity. The Christians in question have abandoned belief in God, Who is manifested everywhere and in everything, Who enfolds all things and Who is the nearest to His servants and adopted a belief in a distant God. According to this pagan belief, God is so far removed from them that He can only contact His servants through a human intermediary (Surely God is beyond that). This effectively means they are claiming that other than the person sent by God as His manifestation, all entities exist outside God: And that is polytheism. To ascribe equals to God or attribute independent power to entities other than Him is the worst sin in His Sight, and a failure to properly know and appreciate Him.
God makes His proximity to His servants quite clear in the Gospel:
Do not be like them, for God knows what you need before you ask Him. (Matthew, 6:8)
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's Sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account. (Hebrews, 4:13)
For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. (Luke, 8:17)
For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians, 1:16-17)
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Lord, Who is unseen. Then your God, Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew, 6:6)
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (Luke, 12:6-7)
Almighty God reveals this in the Koran:
... I know what you make known and what you hide. (Koran, 2:33)
As is made clear in passages from the Gospel and verses of the Koran, it is sufficient to pray with sincerity to make contact with God. Wherever one may be, God will hear and see one and will answer that prayer as He sees fit.
Therefore, some Christians who prepare the ground for belief in the Trinity by maintaining that Islam believes in a remote God have fallen into a grave error. When these people realize that Almighty God is the One and Only Creator of all and that He enfolds all things, when they grasp the truth about the reality of matter, then they will realize just how close God is to them.
But because of their error in the Trinity they have a misjudgment of God and His greatness; if they properly appreciated God, they would not claim the existence of entities that are not manifestations of Him and would avoid ascribing equals to Him.
We have a Lord Who creates all things and rules all things and places. Christians must rationally evaluate these realities and adopt a religious conception befitting the infinite might of God. God is everywhere, in the heavens and the Earth, wherever people live, whether they see these places or not. The image created in our brains that we refer to as "our lives" belongs to God alone. That being the case, how can one maintain one needs an intermediary to be close to God? God hears our prayers the moment we think of them. All Christian brothers and sisters should be rejoicing that God is so close to us. Sincere Christians must understand the true nature of matter, properly appreciate the glory of God and realize that He will never permit such illogical and specious accounts.
The creed of the Trinity and Trinitarianism advocated by some Christians in our day is a very serious delusion. Apart from being a great slander against God and Jesus (pbuh), it is also a serious threat. It is of great importance for our Christian brothers to be aware of these dangers that the creed of Trinity leads to and may give rise to in the future. Some of these dangers are as follows:
1. The danger of ascribing partners to God:
According to both the Gospel and the Torah, ascribing partners to God is "polytheism." Consequently, with the creed of the Trinity, genuine Christians inadvertently fall into this great danger of ascribing partners to God by ascribing divine status to Jesus (surely God is beyond that). This danger of ascribing partners to God is not an issue that can be ignored. Almighty God says this in the Koran regarding this great danger: "The heavens are all but rent apart and the Earth split open" (Koran, 19:90). Ascribing partners to God is a great sin in God’s Sight. In the Koran, God threatens those who commit this sin:
God does not forgive anything being associated with Him but He forgives whoever He wills for anything other than that. Anyone who associates something with God has committed a terrible crime.(Koran, 4:48)
In the Gospel, Christians are forbidden to ascribe partners to God:
And [they] exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles [surely God is beyond that]… They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator [surely God is beyond that]—Who is forever praised. (Romans, 1:23-25)
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'" (Luke, 4:8)
Christians who claim they in fact worship a single deity under the name of the Trinity (surely God is beyond that) and claim that He is manifested in three forms, as body, soul and consciousness must not regard this as anything but danger of polytheism. Living in such a state of disorder rather than believing in One God as the Creator of All, Who is with us at all times, means turning away from the true faith. It is a grave perversion to practice a form of religion reminiscent of the idols of the pagan faiths instead of being sincerely bound to One God. Those who say they believe in One God while sheltering behind such accounts should be very careful. A Christian who believes in the Trinity may want to believe in One God, and may regard himself as doing so, and that is a good thing; but belief in the Trinity can never be belief in the One God. By believing in the Trinity a Christian is, knowingly or otherwise, falsely ascribing divine status to other entities and thus engaging in polytheism.
In one verse of the Koran, our Lord issues the following warning to those Christians who go astray on the subject of the Trinity:
People of the Book! Do not go to excess in your religion. Say nothing but the truth about God. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only the Messenger of God and His Word, which He cast into Mary, and a Spirit from Him. So believe in God and His Messengers. Do not say, "Three." It is better that you stop. God is only One God. He is too Glorious to have a son! Everything in the heavens and in the Earth belongs to Him. God suffices as a Guardian. (Koran, 4:171)
2. The danger of all endeavors coming to naught
Another great danger our genuine Christian brothers will face because of the error of the Trinity is the possibility of all the efforts they claim to make in the name of God coming to nothing. This is a great danger for Christians who, disregarding reminders and warnings, continue to ascribe partners to God solely because of this delusion, and do not heed their consciences but assume they are on the true path. Such a danger should not be underestimated. In the Koran, God warns, "some faces on that Day will be downcast, laboring, weary" (Koran, 88:2-3). In another verse of the Koran, we are informed of people, "People whose efforts in the life of the world are misguided while they suppose that they are doing good." (Koran, 18:104) In the Torah, on the other hand, the prayers of those who sincerely believe are cited as follows:
May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalms 90:17)
Consequently there will be people whose endeavors will come to nothing in the hereafter. A devout believer should not regard himself as immune from this danger and should heed his conscience. Right now, God is calling our Christian brothers who have been indoctrinated with the creed of the Trinity for years to search their hearts in the light of these reminders and warnings.
3. The danger of hidden unbelief, hypocrisy and atheism
Another danger posed by the creed of the Trinity is that it causes hidden unbelief or that it causes people to drift into atheism. It is not difficult for any person who is well acquainted with the Gospel to grasp the irrationality of the creed of the Trinity. In fact, almost all Christians are aware of this fact. But they nonetheless make themselves believe in it, citing various pretexts, or else many of them remain silent under the threat that otherwise "they will have abandoned the faith."
Some of them, on the other hand, drift into unbelief because consciously and logically they cannot accept this creed and they do not in fact believe it. This is a great threat. There are secret unbelievers in Christianity who are compelled to appear devout although they are aware of the invalidity of the Trinity. The hidden unbelievers who lose their religion due to this superstitious creed constitute the danger of hypocrisy in Christianity. Hypocrites, on the other hand, are the main reason for conflict and division in Christianity, just as is the case in Islam and Judaism. They are the members of a dangerous group and the source of false beliefs developed to make Christians weak and prevent them from worshipping.
Apart from this, a growing number of Christians are straying from the true path and becoming atheists because of the idea of the Trinity which opposes sound logic and reason. As the reason for their irreligiousness, the atheists in question raise the discrepancies and forced logic in Christianity. Christians who espouse the Trinity are, no doubt, aware of this situation.
Of course, the possibility of these people drifting into secret disbelief, hypocrisy or atheism simply because they cannot be convinced about the truth of the Trinity is definitely a danger. If a person is truly sincere, he is obliged to turn to God in his heart, strive to see and understand the truth, and to abide by what his conscience guides him towards. However, this danger must in no way be ignored.
The history of Christianity also reveals the great ideological conflicts caused by the idea of the Trinity, which have come down to our own day. It is impossible for a righteous creed to be the source of such great conflicts and tribulations. It is possible that to date, some Christians have not properly assessed the dimensions of this danger. It is likely that they are simply trying to uphold a false belief inherited from their forefathers, assuming that it is commanded in the Gospel. However, this is a belief definitely contrary to God’s command. When they consider the Gospel in a rational way and refer to their conscience, and see the tribulations caused by a superstitious belief, they will understand this better. Consequently, we call on genuine Christians to take refuge in God, to think without indoctrination rooted in Christianity and to make their decision with their purest of conscience.
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’" (Luke, 4:8)
Jesus said to him, "... Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only." (Matthew, 4:10)
... My dear friends, flee from idolatry. (1 Corinthians, 10:14)
For they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God... (1 Thessalonians, 1:9-10)
[Jesus:] "No servant can serve two masters... You cannot serve both God and money." [May God forbid] (Luke, 16:13)
... If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew, 6:23-24)
... Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. (1 Corinthians, 8:7-8)
No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons. (1 Corinthians, 10:20-21)
So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but One. (1 Corinthians, 8:4)
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 John, 5:21)The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. (Revelation, 9:20)