Are There 3 Gods Or Just 1?

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The Quran says one thing about the Triune nature of the Christian God. The Injeel says something else. Which best describes what Christians believe about the nature of Allah?

Probably the most important issue to face when determining if you are on the right path is, “Who is Allah?” What if you identify Allah with certain traits, only discover that He was in fact different? Have you ever had a case of mistaken identity?

The Quran says that Allah is one person and there is no such thing as the Trinity (4:171). Yet the Injeel seems to recognize a different nature for Allah. Throughout the Injeel, Isa refers to the Father as God, Himself as God, and the Holy Spirit as God. Yet He also says there is only One God. How can we justify these two differences since the Quran claims to be built upon the previous revelations?

First, it is important to establish what is common about what you believe as a Muslim, and what Christians believe. Muslims believe that there is one God. Christians also believe that there is one God. What is not common between the two is the form in which Allah exists. Make no mistake, Allah is only One. (That is what is common.) The Quran says He is only one person, whereas the Injeel portrays Him as being One, but being three persons.

The Quran teaches that Allah is “All-Powerful,” therefore, if He wanted, Allah could choose to exist as multiple people at the same time. If “nothing is too hard for Allah,” then this would not be a problem.

The Injeel teaches us that Allah exists as multiple persons yet remains One because that is His nature. This is why Allah can become a man and die on a cross for our sins and why we can say that when Isa died, God did not die in the sense of how we often think of death in human terms.

Isa the Messiah became a man and died on the cross. His Father observed from Heaven. The Holy Spirit, who indwelled the Lord Isa, experienced it all. In the midst of this, Isa says of Himself and the Father in John 17 that they are “One.”

Putting it all Together
Let’s wrap all of the truths from the last few pages into a summation:

  • Allah does not change
  • Allah will not change His word, mind, or plan

With this in view, we see that Allah intended, declared, and performed His desire to reveal His Son Isa the Messiah:

  • Prophecy said He is Allah’s Son
  • Angels announced that He was Allah’s Son
  • Allah declared His own Son
  • Isa declared His Sonship and revealed that He would die on the cross

“We are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death; and will deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day, He will be raised up.” (Matthew 20:18-19)

  • Isa’s disciples saw Him die
  • Isa mother saw Him die
  • Isa friends saw Him die

Not only did His disciples see Him die, they saw Him raised from the dead three days later. Isa even declared His resurrection in advance.

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