After almost a week of conversing with a Muslim explaining to him the concept of the Holy Trinity, I’ve decided to stop because it has been a much time wasting encounter since no matter how I explained it, it was clear to me that he has made up his mind not to accept the truth. So I decided to write this article to recap my explanation of the concept of the Holy Trinity (I’ll try to be as concise and explicit as I can).
There are many passages that show the tri-unity of the Godhead, but I’m going to quote only one verse and take it from there.
John 14:26 – But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name (Jesus), he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
As we can see, the three of them are all mentioned in this one verse and it’s clear that they are not the same. The Holy Spirit is the one that will be sent. He is sent in the name of Jesus by the Father.
Now, how can all three of them be God, at the same time there’s but one God, not three?
I am, first, going to show the scriptures from the New Testament and also the Old Testament, since sceptics tend to argue that this doctrine is made up by… (You can fill the blank because they have many)
I think everyone agree that He is God; in fact Muslims argue that He is the only God.
The Holy Spirit
In John 14:16-17, Jesus said, ‘16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be IN you.’
As we all can see, the Holy Spirit will dwell, not only with but IN all the disciples. How is that possible if He’s not omnipresent and omnipotent? We all agree that only God possess those two attributes.
Jesus, further, said that, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven (Mark 3:28-29). How is that possible if the Holy Spirit is not God?
There are many other passages but I think those two are enough for now to keep this article to be as brief as it can be.
As I mentioned previously, all agree that the Father is God. But how can Jesus, not only said that, ‘He and the Father are one’ (John 10:30), but also said that, ‘He shared God’s glory with the Father BEFORE the creation of the world’ (John 17:5); if He is not God? Remember, God said He will never share His glory with others (Isaiah 42:8).
Not only that, He claimed to be ‘the First and the Last’ (Revelation 1:17-18; 2:8…), an attribute that only belongs to God (Isaiah 41:4; 44:6; 48:12). Even the Qur’an (57:3) records this (not that I believe in it).
Please click here for more on Jesus’ Deity based on quranic passages when compared to those of the Bible.
The Trinity in the Old Testament
Just like in the New Testament, there are many passages I can quote that imply the tri-unity of God, but I’m just going to use the clearest one and expound on it. Let’s use the one at the very beginning.
Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And THE SPIRIT OF GOD moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And GOD SAID…
Pay attention to the capitalized/underlined words, ‘the Spirit of God’ and ‘God said’.
As already explained above, the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) is Himself God and God who ‘said’ here is the Father. But where is Jesus?
Jesus is the ‘said’; but at the time He was not called Jesus since He was only given that name when He became man to save the world (Luke 1:31). The ‘said’ is the Word. When God said…It was the Word that proceeded from Him. No wonder Jesus said, ‘He proceeds from the Father’ (John 8:42).
John 1:1 records that the Word was there in the beginning and that He is God, and He became flesh [i.e. Jesus] (John 1:1, 14).
John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… 14 and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
This is why not only the Father, the Holy Spirit but the Word too is the creator of the world (John 1:3; Hebrews 1:1-2). The Father, the Son [i.e. the Word] and the Holy Spirit all contributed in creating the world. Without the Father speaking the Word, the Word wouldn’t have gone out. Without the Word being spoken, the Holy Spirit wouldn’t have been able to create what were to be created. Without the Holy Spirit, even though the Father spoke the Word, nothing would have been created. So, in order for the Godhead to be complete, all three of them must be together.
They are not three Gods, however. The Bible clearly teaches the Oneness of God. This is why Jesus said, ‘I and my Father are one’ (John 10:30); He went on to say that if anyone has seen Him, it’s as though they have seen the Father (John 14:9).
Still confused? Let’s use a triangle as a theory.
A (1) triangle is called a (1) triangle because it consists of three (3) angles. Without one of those three angles, it is no longer be called a (1) triangle; which means, each and any of those angles are 100% that (1) triangle because they all take part of being the triangle. But just because there are three angles, doesn’t mean that there are three triangles.
As always, to wrap up, let’s challenge Muslims (though I already know they won’t take the challenge) with their own belief.
Is Allah eternal? They’ll reply, YES.
Is the word of Allah eternal? They’ll reply, YES.
Are Allah and his word the same?
If they say, NO! Ask them, don’t you think, there’re already two different characters in this logic, since they both are eternal?
If they say, YES! They are the same. Ask them, isn’t therefore Jesus, Allah, since He is the word of Allah according to the Qur’an (4:171)? How is Jesus not eternal since He is the word of Allah, if the word of Allah is eternal?
Calling on all Muslims to repent and accept what Jesus has done for you. He died to save you. Islam doesn’t give you certainty of salvation. Please click here. God bless you.