Muslim Questions Trinity - 08/11/2003
Hi, I am a Muslim, and I was wondering if I can ask you a question,me and some Christian freinds have been engaged in discussion at our school and a question came up which they could not answer, can you please explain for how Trinity can be true considering the fact that none of the OT Prophets believed in a triune God, neither did they pray to Jesus or say God is 3 in one, in addition to that, Jews do not believe in Trinity either. How can all the Jews have a different concept of God than the Chrisitans? it was not until the NT that we see any Trinity. Therefore, does this not entail that the Trinity is something which was created by the early church?
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
A'salaam Alaykum, ya Nadir! Thanks for contacting Contender Ministries. It's true that the most explicit references to the Trinity are found in the New Testament. However, the Old Testament, in which we first learn that there is only one God, also tells us that God said, "Let us make man in our image." The 'us' and 'our' refer to the Trinity that composes the one triune God. Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets foretold the coming of the Messiah, which occurred in Bethlehem with the birth of Jesus Christ. He taught us more about the Trinity, by teaching that He and the Father are one, and also introducing us to the Counselor - the Holy Spirit and third part of the Trinity. The nature and being of God cannot be fully understood by the limited intellect of humans. However, we can learn much about God through the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:11-16). The Trinity has existed from all eternity, but the triune nature of God was not fully revealed until the Son took on human form and taught us. The prophet of Islam, Muhammad, didn't understand the Christian belief in the Trinity, and assumed that the Trinity consisted of the Father, the Son, and Mary (see the Qur'an, Surah 5:116-117). I think this is because he saw the Roman Catholic veneration of Mary and assumed that Christians viewed her as the third member of the Trinity. Obviously, that's not the true Christian belief. So you see, Nadir, the Trinity is not a creation of the early Christian church. The Trinity is eternal, because the Trinity is God. While the word "trinity" does not appear in the scriptures, the concept (alluded to in Genesis) was not explained until the arrival of the Messiah, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There can be an assurance of foregiveness of sin and salvation unto heaven, but only through faith in Him can we receive that gift. Our prayers are with you, and may the Holy Spirit show you the Way.
Ben and Jennifer Rast