Tonight’s post discusses oft-misconceived views that Christians are not persecuted against because we represent the majority. I will be discussing verses both from the Q’uran and the Holy Bible, so if this fact offends you, I will apologize in advance. Please, do not feel obligated to read further if religious texts other than the Holy Bible offend you.
I am going to say this right off the bat: I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, my Lord and my Savior. This is the confession that I gave when I was baptized. So, without further ado, let’s explore this.
Christians who believe that Christ is God incarnate are called as Infidels in the Q’uran, and as to why, I have no clue. It is a fundamental Christian belief that Christ is our redeemer. Christians who believe in God as, “one of three,” are also called out as Infidels in the Q’uran, and this logic is equally puzzling to me, as God is not one of three anything in traditional Christian faiths.
Here are the verses in question:
Infidels now are they who say, ‘God is the Messiah, Son of Mary;’ for the Messiah said, ‘O children of Israel! worship God, my Lord and your Lord.’ Whoever shall join other gods with God, God shall forbid him the Garden, and his abode shall be the Fire; and the wicked shall have no helpers.
They surely are Infidels who say, ‘God is the third of three:’ for there is no God but one God: and if they refrain not from what they say, a grievous chastisement shall light on such of them as are Infidels
Sura 5:76,77 (Koran)
So we must decide: are we ready to accept the Islamic belief that Christ was only a messenger for Allah, or should we hold steadfast to our belief that Christ is in fact, the Son of God? It all boils down to a question: can a man truly be God in the flesh? Should we believe in the Holy Trinity? What does the Bible have to say about all this? Before I quote scripture, maybe it would be prudent to explain exactly what the Holy Trinity is.
The Holy Trinity is the central idea surrounding God’s being in many faiths, namely Catholicism. God is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, however, the Son is not the Holy Spirit, is not the Father; the Holy Spirit is not the Son, so on and so forth. Any one of these figures can represent God, however none of these figures represents one another. The Trinity is not specifically referred to in the Bible. The Trinity is merely a church reference to God’s appearance in all three forms.
The Q’uran is wrong. Why? “God is the third of three.” In Christian belief, God is all three of these, and all three of these are God:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Matthew 28:18,19 (NIV)
So who was Jesus’ authority given by? “Certainly by God,” you say. Wrong.
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:18-21 (NIV)
Because Jesus is conceived through the Holy Spirit, he is, in fact, God in the flesh, as God would not have used conventional means to create His son, who was born without sin. Going further, the reason for Jesus’ birth was to fulfill the promise of a redeemer which was foretold in Genesis 3:15.
So what of the Q’uran’s previous statement in Sura 5 that tells of Christians and Jews who believe in God only as God and Christ only as a messenger of His prophesy? To believe such undermines the basic, fundamental belief of Christianity: that Christ is God incarnate. As for calling out as Infidels those who believe that God is one of three? God is never referred to in our Bible as being the third of three. God is referred to in religious sects as the Father, as the Son, as the Holy Spirit, but all three of these are God and likewise, God is all three of these. God is also referred to as God. Let me reiterate: God is never referred to as the third of three in any sect of traditional Christian faith.
The Q’uran specifically says, in Sura 8:12, that Infidels (unbelievers) are to be beheaded and their fingertips cut off. I am, of course, paraphrasing. Islam teaches Muslims that this is their obligation, yet the Bible clearly states, “thou shalt not kill.”
So what can we do for Muslims who are, seemingly, only following orders? We are not called to war. Instead, we are called to love our enemies; pray for our persecutors, as Matthew explains:
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Matthew 5:44,45 (NIV)