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Originally posted by es bih es bih wrote:

The Qu'ran is a book of metaphors at least in most Sunni and Shi'a interpretations, and not meant to be taken literary

No I wouldn't say that.
The metaphors and metaphors, the smilies are smilies, the stories are stories, and the bits presented literally are supposed to be taken literally.
Don't take a simile literally, don't take a literal as a metaphor.

For example, the Ayat I posted above is supposed to be taken literally.
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That makes quite a lot of sense; a very concise explanatione. It's what I was thinking, and I just couldn't phrase it well. It would be an interesting topic for a scholar of comparative religion. I wonder if anyone has taken it up? Anyway, thank you for the answer.

I remember thinking about some low-church protestants I know, that in their pattern of thought if you started with supernatural beings - say greek gods, to get to their understanding of God what you had to do was abolish all the various greek gods, except one, and give that one the power of all the others.
In their view, God was on the supernatural plane.

In my view if you start with the Greek pantheon, you need to abolish it completely, and then have a greater force fully integrated with the natural realm, and superior to the supernatural.

Of course this only applies to me and them, not either faith.
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I'm trying to create a scenario where the Islamic concept of God does not conflict with the Christian concept of God to discover whether it's possible for both religions to be mutually inclusive of each other in some sense.

I think that is not possible without breaking the Nicean Principles. For non-trinitarian christians, like the JWs, this could be possible. But for the Orthodox, Catholic, Mainstream & American protestant groups this is impossible.
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Originally posted by Omar al Hashim Omar al Hashim wrote:

Originally posted by es bih es bih wrote:

The Qu'ran is a book of metaphors at least in most Sunni and Shi'a interpretations, and not meant to be taken literary

No I wouldn't say that.
The metaphors and metaphors, the smilies are smilies, the stories are stories, and the bits presented literally are supposed to be taken literally.
Don't take a simile literally, don't take a literal as a metaphor.




Ok, I phrased that wrong. It is not the literal word of God as in the sense that a Salafist or in an other sense a Southern Baptist would say about the Bible. In other words it is God's revelation unto Mankind that needs to be interpreted and understood in context, some of it is literal such as do not kill, do not..., however, a lot of it is metaphorical and story or simile based as well.



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Quote For example, the Ayat I posted above is supposed to be taken literally.


Who determines how to take which Ayats as literal and which as not? Aren't those opinions open to interpretation by various muslim groups? Because if different schools understand the Quran differently doesn't this mean that the Ayats in the Quran are open to interpretation and thus could accommodate Christian theological presumptions.

Quote say greek gods, to get to their understanding of God what you had to do was abolish all the various greek gods, except one, and give that one the power of all the others.


This is my understanding of how Islam began in the Arabian penninsula with the head of the Pantheon (Allah) who is related to the Mesopotamian concept of *El (King of the gods type deity) just taking in all of the powers and responsibilities of the various lesser Arabian deities. Thus the Arabian pagans stopped worshiping their various cults and focused instead on worshiping "Allah".
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Quote Who determines how to take which Ayats as literal and which as not? Aren't those opinions open to interpretation by various muslim groups? Because if different schools understand the Quran differently doesn't this mean that the Ayats in the Quran are open to interpretation and thus could accommodate Christian theological presumptions.

Most of the time I dare say it is pretty obvious. When it isn't (say on Hijab) you get multiple opinions.
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Quote Most of the time I dare say it is pretty obvious.


But then again what's obvious to one person isn't obvious to others. Like for me it's obvious that we need to have universal health care in the US but for others they don't see it like that. Likewise to me it's obvious that Al-Qaeda terrorists destroyed the twin towers on 9/11 but to another person it's obvious it was a plot by the American government. Again I ask, is there an end all source (like does the Quran explain some of itself), or are most  things in it free to interpretation thus all Muslims are free to follow whichever mullah they like the sound of?
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First of all, about El. El is the linguistic origin of both Yehewa and Allah since both are semetic languages. El was not the chief diety, he was the only diety (since he created all the other dieties), after that other dieties were added for many reasons like cultrual exchange with other civilizations, like the Jews who worshiped Baal as mentioned in the Quran and the Bible. The traditions tell us that early Arabs were monthiest untill the Romans came to the levant when some of them introduced Jupiter (Hubal) as the local agent for God (they only worshipped these dieties because they thought their prayers are answered faster if they did some sacrifices for these minor dieties but God or Allah was still the supreme and only capable diety). Islam just refined the old practices and restored strict monotheism.
 
As for the interpretation of the Quran or tafseer. It is and entire discipline on its own. There are some 50 interdisciplines called Quranic sciences that any guy who wants to interpret Quran must be knowledgeable in them to interpret correctly.Not all verses (like the Mutaa marriage verses) are to be taken at face value because some are just in the Quran for textual reasons because Hadiths have cancelled the ruling that existed in the Quran. That is why some see what seem to be contradictions in the Quran while they are not, certain verses came later and cancelled the ruling of earlier verses.
 
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Originally posted by gcle2003 gcle2003 wrote:

Originally posted by Seko Seko wrote:

Originally posted by gcle2003 gcle2003 wrote:

Don't both Islam and Christianity hold that dying is not ceasing to exist? For everybody?
 
Dying is the body's cessation to exist. The Ruh or soul continues to the next life.
 
Then where is the problem with God dying and continuing? If everybody does?
 
 
The problem is not for God. It's for anyone who believes that God is finite. Humans may go through different states in their spiritual journey. When we ceased to live as conscious beings we have no say in our destiny. On the other hand, God is everlasting. Infinite. The Eternal. The Creator.
 

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the Eternal. Never a moment of unawareness or slumber overtakes Him.
To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. Who
could intercede with Him, except in accordance with His will? He knows
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them never burdens Him. He is the Most High, the Great."

 
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Originally posted by Akolouthos Akolouthos wrote:

Originally posted by Seko Seko wrote:

I agree that a key difference exists in understanding our philosophies about how our religious views concerning God's and also man's attributes vary. My understanding is that God's words do not have contradictions. His system is consistant with his creations. A flaw in the works and the system then falls flat. Our creator cannot be a hypocrite and inconsistant while telling us our system is complete. He upholds the very laws he creates. Now does this belief mean that those of God cannot do seemingly miraculous feats? Not at all. We sure can, all within the bounds of his own laws.
 
Since time is relative, and that we have a seemingly finite understanding of the principles of physics, astronomy, and such; our fascination with creating an unknown entity in order to accept the notion of miracles is more similar to wishfull  falacy. The actual principles for such wonderously unfathomable experiences must have its roots embedded in the current structure of our universe. We just do not have all of the pieces to this puzzle explained to us on a silver platter as of yet. This may be due to our current limited knowledge base. A base that will eventually expand with our growth in new scientific discoveries.
 
Does God have to abide by his created system? Good question and one I wouldn't have the foggiest about. However, for people God does proclaim that his system is for every living thing. Not only is that system one of religious jursiprudence, nor only of faith; it is a system of laws for everything that sustains the universe whether we beleive in them or not.
 
Interesting, and forgive me for not responding at length. I really just wanted to note a thought I had when I responded to your first post, and would be interested to know if it matches with reality. Are miracles in Islam less supernatural in nature than those in Christianity? That is to say are they generally associated with things that could occur through an uncommonly convenient conglomeration of natural factors? The storm at Yarmouk came to mind.
 
That said, I have no idea whether or not this is the case. I just wanted to throw it out there for someone who is more knowledgable on the subject than I.
 
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There exists many believers of diverse stripes in any religion. The majority of current muslims do share the same views as the majority of Christians regarding supernatural miracles in my opinion. My presumption is that what we now call supernatural may eventually turn out to be natural once we focus on scientific plausibility instead of calling an unknown entity a miracle. My personal quest is to look at how the unique events of the Bible and Quran came about and explore a deductive explanation for their basis.
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Janus if we want to understand the whole issue we shout point Where Islam and Christianity Agree and Differ on Jesus.
Points of agreement:
1. Islam advocates the holiness of Jesus. As a matter of fact, it is an essential part of the Islamic teaching to revere Jesus and to believe in his holiness, and that he lived in this world as a pure person free of any sin. From the  Qur'an: 
"When the angels said: 'O Mary! Surely God gives thee good news of a word from Him whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, Son of Mary, worthy of regard in this world and the hereafter, and of those who are highly accepted by God.' " 3:45 
 
2. Islam declares the holiness of Mary, the mother of Jesus. No Muslim can doubt the decency and purity of Mary. She, according to the Qur'an, had been the most noble among the women of the nations:
  "And when the angels said: 'O Mary! Certainly God has chosen thee and made thee pure and has preferred thee above the women of all nations. 'O Mary! Be obedient to thy Lord, prostrate thyself and bow with those who bow (in worship).'" 3:42-43 
 
3. Islam declares that Jesus was miraculously born from a virgin mother with no father. From the Qur'an: 
 "And mention Mary in the book. When she withdrew to a place east of her family. She screened herself from them; then We sent to her Our angel, and he appeared to her as a man in all respects. She said: 'I seek refuge in God against you if you are righteous.' He said: 'I am only a Messenger of Thy Lord to grant to you a pure boy.' She said: 'How can I have a son, and no mortal has yet touched me, nor have I been unchaste?' He said: 'So (it will be). Thy Lord says: "It is easy for Me; and that We may make him a sign to men and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter decreed. Then she conceived him; and withdrew with him to a remote place. And the throes of childbirth drove her to the trunk of the palm-tree. She said: 'Oh, would that I had died before this, and had been a thing quite forgotten. So a voice came to her from beneath her: 'Grieve not, surely thy Lord has provided a stream beneath thee. And shake towards thee the trunk of the palm-tree, it will drop on thee fresh ripe dates. So eat and drink and be pleased. Then if thou seest any human, say: "Surely I have vowed a fasting for the sake of the Beneficent, so I will not speak to any human today." 19:16-26 
 
4. The Qur'an attributes to Jesus many of the miracles which are mentioned in the Gospel. According to theQur'an, Jesus was empowered by God to cure the sick, revive the dead, and make the blind see: 
 "... and He (God) will make him (Jesus) a messenger to the children of Israel (saying): 'I have come to you with a sign from your Lord that I fashion for you, out of clay, the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by permission of God. I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead by permission of God. And I announce unto you what ye eat and what ye store in your houses. 'Lo! Herein verily is a sign for you, if ye are to be believers.' " 3:49 .
 In addition to this, the Holy Qur'an ascribes to Jesus a miracle that is not recorded in the gospels: Jesus spoke clearly while he was in the cradle: 
"Then she came to her people with him, carrying him. They said: 'O Mary, thou hast indeed brought a strange thing. O sister of Aaron, thy father was not a wicked man, nor was thy mother an unchaste woman.' But she pointed to him. They said: 'How should we speak to a one who is a child in the cradle?' He said: 'I am indeed a servant of God. He has given me the Book and made me a prophet; and He has made me blessed wherever I may be, and He has enjoined on me prayer and purity so long as I live. And to be kind to my mother; and He has not made me insolent, un-blessed. And Peace be on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I am raised to life (in the Hereafter).' " 19:27-33


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Points of Disagreement:

1. Although Islam accepts the holiness of Jesus, it denies his divinity. According to the teaching of Islam, Jesus is no deity. He is not God, nor is he united with God. He is worthy of reverence and great respect, but he is not worthy of worship. Islam is uncompromising in its Monotheism. God is only One, and there is no God but He, the Almighty, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsistent, the Infinite in life, knowledge, and power. Jesus is not ever-living. He was born more than 2000 years ago, and according to the gospels, he died after a very short life. He is not almighty because he was a subject of persecution; nor was he infinite. He could not be the Creator of the world because the world is over four billion years old, while he was born more than two thousand years ago. He is not worthy of worship because he himself was a humble worshipper of God.

2. Jesus, according to the teaching of Islam, is not a son of God. God does not have any son or child, because He is above that. Bodily parenthood is inconceivable in His case because He is not physical. Spiritual parenthood also is not conceivable, because He is the Creator of every spiritual and material being. The  Qur'an is clear on this point:

"And (they) impute falsely, without knowledge, sons and daughters unto Him. Glorified be He and high exalted above (all) that they ascribe (unto Him). The Originator of the heavens and the Earth! How can He have a child when there is no consort for Him, when He created all things and is Aware of all things? Such is God, your Lord. There is no God save Him, the Creator of all things, so worship Him. And He taketh care of all things." 6:100-102

3. Islam denies the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus did not die on the cross. The  Qur'an is clear on this point.

"And because of their saying: 'We slew the Messiah Jesus Son of Mary, the Messenger of God.' They slew him not nor crucified him, but appeared so unto them; and lo! Those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof but the pursuit of a conjecture; for certain they slew him not, but God took him up to Himself. God is Ever-Mighty, Wise." 4:157-158

A Christian, believing in the crucifixion of Jesus, would have a hard time reconciling two of the principles in which he believes, namely: Jesus is God, and Jesus was crucified. A crucified person cannot be God because he is unable to protect himself, let alone be almighty.

A Muslim, on the other hand, does not have such a problem. He believes that Jesus is a prophet and no more. A prophet may be persecuted and crucified, because a prophet is not supposed to be almighty. Although Islam does not have the problem of contradiction, it has solved the problem which it does not have. Jesus was not crucified. God had protected him.

4. Islam disagrees with Christianity on the Doctrine of Redemption. The Doctrine of Redemption is based on the Doctrine of the Original Sin: that mankind had been condemned by God because of the sin of Adam and Eve which was consequently inherited by their children. Islam denies the whole Doctrine of the Original Sin; God did not condemn mankind because a sin was committed by a couple at the beginning of time. (This will be made clear in the following inquiry.) There is no original sin; therefore, there is no need for redemption to mankind out of a sin that did not exist



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First off Ahmed thanks for posting those major points, I agree with your agreements and find your disagreements to be well thought out. I'll go into detail with some of them though.

I will not argue that Jesus is a mere man, because he must be in order to take on original sin, and thus free mankind from such a sin. Because Islam does not have original sin, they do not need a Christ to free the world from damnation. Also Jesus being a man is not eternal as God is. However in Christianity Jesus and God are of one "essence" or in a more open sense they share the same "soul". Thus Jesus existed "before" his birth as a part of God. The "Son" portion of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all existed at the beginning of time. The Son had yet to be born though and the Holy Spirit had yet to come upon this world.

Quote Spiritual parenthood also is not conceivable, because He is the Creator of every spiritual and material being.


Except then you get to the part of did God create himself? Of course he didn't because he always existed like the Son has always existed. The Son is as uncreated as God but comes forth from God as an arm comes forth from your body. Christ's spiritual nature is infinitely older than his physical being.

Also, why does the Quran have a problem with Jesus being crucified? The Bible is clear as is Josephus' secular record of the event. So it would seem the Quranic account is misinformed, is their a religious rationale behind this?

Oh and Christians too believe that Jesus was taken up into heaven body and spirit, just three days after his death.

And Christ did not die on the cross because he failed. His goal was to die in one of the most humiliating and painful ways. Because in Christian theology the weight of original sin is so great that even the most intense death could only begin the process of salvation, and that only God himself was powerful enough to cleanse this sin from the world. It is precisely because God is All-Powerful that he had to come down as man and die on the cross, it is his greatest triumph in Christian eyes that over ultimate sin and death.

Again glad to have such great dialogue amongst you all.

Quote There are some 50 interdisciplines called Quranic sciences that any guy who wants to interpret Quran must be knowledgeable in them to interpret correctly.


How does one qualify to be considered knowledgeable enough to interpret the Quran correctly, and once qualified will all students of the Quranic sciences interpret the same way?
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 Thank you Janus for your response,I want to know something first Is Jesus the God himself?or his son?, cause you confusing me by calling him the Son then you wrote they share the same soul and that is mean Jesus is the God in Phyiscal shape.

Quote Because Islam does not have original sin, they do not need a Christ to free the world from damnation.
actually even though we don't beleive in the original sin but we beleive that Jesus will come back before the day of the Resurrection to free the world from damnation with Imam Mahdi I think you know that.
Quote Also, why does the Quran have a problem with Jesus being crucified? The Bible is clear as is Josephus' secular record of the event. So it would seem the Quranic account is misinformed, is their a religious rationale behind this?
There is no problem my friend,it is just a beleive.
Quote Oh and Christians too believe that Jesus was taken up into heaven body and spirit, just three days after his death.
I know that, but it is just a contradiction and I can use to my advantage(later I ll post about the contradiction between how jesus refers to himself in the Bible).
if Jesus removed the stone that would be Physical work not divine,and if Jesus taken to haeven spirit only or with the body,as you said he created the heaven and as we all know God don't need the heaven,God created it to reward the human beings.
so if Jesus taken to heaven he is certinaly not God what you think?.
 
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Quote Is Jesus the God himself?or his son?


Well, it's kind of difficult to explain because it's essentially both. See in the Trinity there are three "persons" who share one "essence". That essence is what Christians worship, but we recognize three different manifestations of God. All Persons in the Trinity are equal parts of the One God. This is what makes Jesus, God.

Now is Jesus God's son in the biological sense? No, of course not since God does not have any dna he cannot give dna to create a child.

Is Jesus a mortal then that was granted divinity and assumed into God thus being an adopted son of God? No, because this would mean that at some point Jesus was a separate being from God which Christians believe he isn't.

Is Jesus just spiritually a piece of God and this makes him the Son of God? No, because this diminishes him, Jesus is always God and not merely a portion of God.

When it really comes down to it I'm not entirely sure of the reasoning for the names of the persons in the Trinity nor when they first were used. I think The Father is meant to show that God is omnipotent as he lords over us as a father would, The Son is meant to show that person proceeds from the Father (as stated in the Nicene Creed) so if there is a Father, there must be a Son. I'm not sure of the reasoning behind it though so don't take my word for it. I just know that Jesus isn't a son in the natural sense which has caused a lot of confusion over the years.

Quote actually even though we don't beleive in the original sin but we beleive that Jesus will come back before the day of the Resurrection to free the world from damnation with Imam Mahdi I think you know that.


Actually I knew Jesus would return in Islamic teaching but I didn't know the reason why. Also, if Jesus is to come to free the world from damnation, does that mean that no one will be in Paradise until that day? Or does it mean those that have yet to get to Paradise will have their souls freed to join in Paradise?

Quote There is no problem my friend,it is just a beleive.


So then could Muslims choose not to believe this and believe he died on the cross? I mean aren't there stories in Islam where God brings dead men back to life (A Quranic Lazarus perhaps?)

Quote so if Jesus taken to heaven he is certinaly not God what you think?.


No, Jesus was 'Assumed' (taken) into heaven so that he could take his appointed place "seated at the right hand of the Father". Jesus went into Heaven body and spirit, we don't know what happened to his body but we know that his spirit descended back onto earth to bring mens hearts to God.

Also heaven in early Christianity wasn't really a reward for the righteous (this is a philosophy taught thanks to the idea of predestination). In orthodox Christianity heaven is merely being united with God, whereas hell is being separated from God. No where in the Bible is heaven described so we cannot be sure what it is like.

This is why in Christianity God is in heaven, because heaven is pretty much like God holding hands with everyone. God doesn't need heaven but we need God so he provides himself because he loves us.
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Quote How does one qualify to be considered knowledgeable enough to interpret the Quran correctly, and once qualified will all students of the Quranic sciences interpret the same way?

In order to become a scholar of the Quran* you must do an islamic studies degree at a university. The most famous universities in this field are Medina, Cairo, Istanbul and historically Timbuktu and Bukhara.
All students of Quranic studies do not interpret in the same way.
I should say that interpret gives a incorrect meaning. The Quran is not written in the same manner as the Bible, and exogenesis is less important.

*and therefore have a better chance of interpreting the Quran correctly, although that is no guarentee that one will - some verses are meant for future generations
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Quote Well, it's kind of difficult to explain because it's essentially both.
Well,If you don't mind give me a clear answer,if we want to keep the debate active and objective the other side(me) should know so I can give you the appropriate answer.
you wrote All Persons in the Trinity are equal parts of the One God,
in second statement you said Jesus is always God and not merely a portion of God.
in your first statement you parted God(we will talk later about how these parts working together)then you attached Jesus to God and denied the parts theory,do you find this a contradiction like me or not?
Quote Actually I knew Jesus would return in Islamic teaching but I didn't know the reason why.
God is the most wise,and he choose Jesus,I think we both(muslims,Christians)beleive in Armagadon and the world will become so evil,and we wait for a savior who is Jesus himself.
I quote from Imam Jaafar Al-Sadiq:
Jesus the son of Mary is the Spirit of Allah and His Word. He was thirty-three years old in the world. Then Allah raised him to heaven. He will descend to the earth and it is he who will kill the Antichrist (Dajjl.)
(Tafsr al-Qum, 2, 271)
Quote  does that mean that no one will be in Paradise until that day?
No,the answer in the quotation above.
Quote  So then could Muslims choose not to believe this and believe he died on the cross?
 No, we couldn't it is a Fact in Islam,we can't change it or beleive the opposite.
Quote In orthodox Christianity heaven is merely being united with God, whereas hell is being separated from God.because heaven is pretty much like God holding hands with everyone. God doesn't need heaven but we need God so he provides himself because he loves us.
Same Idea with small diffirences in specifice detail,what you said mean the Good person will be in Heaven or he is,the evil  in hell.
but we beleive God is every where not only in Heaven.
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Quote Well,If you don't mind give me a clear answer,if we want to keep the debate active and objective the other side(me) should know so I can give you the appropriate answer.


It is nigh impossible to give a clear answer because it is a mystery of the church.

"It [the Vatican Council] lays down that a mystery is a truth which we are not merely incapable of discovering apart from Divine Revelation, but which, even when revealed, remains "hidden by the veil of faith and enveloped, so to speak, by a kind of darkness" (Constitution, "De fide. cath.", iv). In other words, our understanding of it remains only partial, even after we have accepted it as part of the Divine message. Through analogies and types we can form a representative concept expressive of what is revealed, but we cannot attain that fuller knowledge which supposes that the various elements of the concept are clearly grasped and their reciprocal compatibility manifest."

However I will answer you as to the dogma of the Trinity, this is straight from the horses mouth so to speak so whatever is in this quote supercedes anything I have said.


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The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion -- the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, these Three Persons being truly distinct one from another.

Thus, in the words of the Athanasian Creed: "the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God." In this Trinity of Persons the Son is begotten of the Father by an eternal generation, and the Holy Spirit proceeds by an eternal procession from the Father and the Son. Yet, notwithstanding this difference as to origin, the Persons are co-eternal and co-equal: all alike are uncreated and omnipotent. This, the Church teaches, is the revelation regarding God's nature which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came upon earth to deliver to the world: and which she proposes to man as the foundation of her whole dogmatic system.

In Scripture there is as yet no single term by which the Three Divine Persons are denoted together. The word trias (of which the Latin trinitas is a translation) is first found in Theophilus of Antioch about A.D. 180. He speaks of "the Trinity of God [the Father], His Word and His Wisdom ("Ad. Autol.", II, 15). The term may, of course, have been in use before his time. Afterwards it appears in its Latin form of trinitas in Tertullian ("De pud." c. xxi). In the next century the word is in general use. It is found in many passages of Origen ("In Ps. xvii", 15). The first creed in which it appears is that of Origen's pupil, Gregory Thaumaturgus. In his Ekthesis tes pisteos composed between 260 and 270, he writes:

There is therefore nothing created, nothing subject to another in the Trinity: nor is there anything that has been added as though it once had not existed, but had entered afterwards: therefore the Father has never been without the Son, nor the Son without the Spirit: and this same Trinity is immutable and unalterable forever (P. G., X, 986).

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Quote we beleive God is every where not only in Heaven.


Oh don't get me wrong, we Christians also believe God is everywhere at all times. Sorry I didn't mean to say he was exclusively in heaven.

Quote No, we couldn't it is a Fact in Islam,we can't change it or beleive the opposite.


But Omar has stated that the Quran is open to interpretation, and some verses are for future generations, also from the verse you quoted that doesn't contradict the Christian version.

Actually this quote:
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Jesus the son of Mary is the Spirit of Allah and His Word. He was thirty-three years old in the world. Then Allah raised him to heaven. He will descend to the earth and it is he who will kill the Antichrist (Dajjl.)
(Tafsr al-Qum, 2, 271)


Has no contradictions between the Christian version and the muslim version if we are to interpret Allah as 'the Godhead'.
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Quote But Omar has stated that the Quran is open to interpretation, and some verses are for future generations, also from the verse you quoted that doesn't contradict the Christian version.

It isn't that much open. Some things are open to confusion/interpretation, most things in the Quran are not, and are very clear. This is a case where the meaning is clear to the any layman. Most of the disagreements in the Muslim world are over Hadiths not Quran.

Also the above quote is Tafsir (exegesis) not Quran itself.
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Hi guys let me make a point regarding Trinity.
 
Let us for a moment take the example of the SUN.
 The SUN is 1, but to us it represents 3 elements.
 
Light, Heat, And phisical presense.
 
This three elements are all equall to 1 Body,THE SUN.
 
Now. The Father,The Son and the Holy Spirit are three elements of 1.The god
 
That i think would be a very simple and logical explanation of the Trinity.
Hope this would help.
 
The only difference beetwen the Islam and Christianity is the death of Jesus and his status in life.
Acording to Islam the bible is a holy book and whoever belives in is goin to heaven just as the muslims,but the christians are mislead,and mistaken about Jesus.
Acording to Islam the difference is that Kuran is the last mesage from God,but that dont mean that Bible was not gods mesage,thats clearly stated in the Kuran.
 
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Quote actually even though we don't beleive in the original sin but we beleive that Jesus will come back before the day of the Resurrection to free the world from damnation with Imam Mahdi I think you know that.


Actually I knew Jesus would return in Islamic teaching but I didn't know the reason why. Also, if Jesus is to come to free the world from damnation, does that mean that no one will be in Paradise until that day? Or does it mean those that have yet to get to Paradise will have their souls freed to join in Paradise?


Universally wrong.
There is no such knowledge, information that says Jesus will return in Quran.
BUT; there is the information of a messenger that will come and confirm the truth that is already with us.
 



 
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Originally posted by JanusRook JanusRook wrote:

Quote Most of the time I dare say it is pretty obvious.


But then again what's obvious to one person isn't obvious to others. (1) Like for me it's obvious that we need to have universal health care in the US but for others they don't see it like that. Likewise to me it's obvious that Al-Qaeda terrorists destroyed the twin towers on 9/11 but to another person it's obvious it was a plot by the American government. Again I ask, is there an end all source (like does the Quran explain some of itself), or are most  things in it free to interpretation thus all Muslims are free to follow whichever mullah they like the sound of?
 
(1) That is because you have wisdom and your mind is not twisted.
 
"He has sent down this book which contains some verses that are straightforward and basic to the book, and others allegorical. But those who are twisted of mind look for verses metaphorical, seeking deviation and giving to them interpretations of their own; but none knows their meaning except God; and those who are steeped in knowledge affirm: "We beleive in them as all of them are from the Lord." But only those who have wisdom understand."
[3:7] Translation by Yusuf Ali
 
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