First, I want to make it clear that I write this as someone who was born Muslim, read the Quran, and still struggled for the first 30 years of my life to understand who God was. God so graciously led me through a life to find the answer to all these questions I had surrounding certain truth that directed me straight to the Lord Jesus Christ! It was a difficult battle, so I don’t expect it to be as easy as “hey follow me” and everyone will jump on board. But I do ask you to consider not the reputation of the man, but the guidance of the Spirit of the Lord if He truly dwells with you. I pray no offense is taken, but that the facts of the matter speak for them self.
In the 5th Century A.D, (which is 500 years after the death of Christ – or Anno Domini which means “The Year of our Lord” ) the Hindu-Arabic numeral system that we largely use today was created.
This is the system that identifies numbers as
But prior to this system, and in the time Jesus Christ walked the Earth, the system employed was the Roman Numeral System
I – II – III – IV – V
If you notice carefully in the system used, after III came IV.
Ever wonder why?
Why not IIII?
That’s because the Roman Numeral System was influenced by the Hebrew way of thinking which didn’t consider that plurality began until after the number three.
Therefore they could easily believe in One God, yet understand III to be singular thus explaining how God could exist in 3 persons but still be One.
Some of Jesus teachings explained His relationship with the Father and also His miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit by using this way of thinking which is why this created a stumbling block for some.
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father?” Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? the words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.
Going right back to in the beginning, from the scriptures of Genesis we can then see why in the Hebrew Old Testament (which is also, the Torah, and the Pentateuch, which are the exact same foundational books for Christianity, Islam, and Judiasm which hold their core beliefs and origins from the Law of Moses – the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deutoronomy), that Jesus was expounding on things that many had a hard time to understand. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, Moses wrote in Genesis:
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”
Yet even from ancient times, the mind set remained that God was One despite the use of the word “our” and “us” where God was the One identified as speaking
These texts are the same in:
The Torah the foundational book of Islam. It reads “US”
The Hebrew Old Testament reads “US”
The Pentateuch reads “US”
The Septuagint reads “US”
The Word “Bible” or “Biblios” simply means library of books. Holy Bible = Holy Library of Books
We all consider these FIVE books as the foundation for each religion yet at some point we seem to differ in faith while the text is consistent and all point to God singularly existing in more than one persons therefore making way for Jesus as the Son of God and Savior of the world!
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light, ” and there was light
Notice the way God worked:
– He created which involved the creative process of thinking
– His Spirit was hovering over the waters willing and ready
– God spoke and things happened
God set His thoughts to what He would do, His Spirit is set to do His will, and the moment He speaks, it became a reality!
No wonder God later says ” Let us make mankind in our image”
We can easily identify that we are all made up in the same way, not as god’s, but as beings made in His image.
Triune (3 unified in 1) – III – Trinity
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Son (The Word*) and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one
1 John 5:7
The “Word” or Son was made flesh.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. he was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it
This New Testament scripture brings out the truth that was revealed but not fully understood from the Old Testament that God’s thoughts and word were different in duty but the same in nature. 2014 years ago, the Word of God became flesh.
*The Word became fleshand made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth
Plurality begins at IV
Now the Islamic belief taught in the quran that “all the old testament scriptures have been corrupted” shows also to be false.
The problem is that Mohammad was trying to understand scriptures written by a Hebrew mind using the Hindu-Arabic way of thinking, while the New Testament scriptures were expounded in an era where they used Roman Numerals and Euclidean arithmetic.
The Hindu-Arabic numeral system was invented in 525AD, and Mohammad founded Islam in roughly 610AD when he was 40 years old. Being brought up in this environment at that age, he could not understand the scriptures as they were meant to be interpreted in their time. Which is why anyone who advocated God existing in three persons yet being one seemed like polytheism to him.
Polytheism – the belief in or worship of more than one god
One of the teachings of the Quran is:
And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them go on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
Surat At-Tawbah 9:5
Believers in Jesus do not worship more than one god. We worship One God existing in Three Persons. Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
And that God is a God of love
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother or sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen
1 John 4:20
I speak these things keeping in mind that it is written:
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth
1 Corinthians 13:6
By this understanding, all of the scriptures now make sense and are not “corrupted” as Mohammad falsely taught his followers through the quran.
Granted that I only understand this because of God’s amazing unmerited favor towards me by faith, I know how it feels to search within for so long and endure through the struggles of life wondering what this is all for, and trying so hard to try to understand your faith and existence. This is why it means so much to me that others have the opportunity to understand this also.
You can choose to try and live by love and be Muslim, but according to your very own teachings of your religion, you would not be living in truth
In Jesus, you can do both!
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me
God…. One essence, three persons.
But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus
No Jesus, no salvation…