In the Gospels, when Jesus confronted the unbelief of His hearers, He chided them by saying,
No doubt, the message will not be heeded by all, but only by those whose hearts are prepared to keep the Word and to perform it with diligence. The straight path has always been the same, Jesus Himself:
Are there further revelations differing from the message of redemption through Jesus' suffering, death and resurrection, notably the Islamic message, which denies these necessary aspects of God's revelation in Christ? In Galatians 1, Paul warns us of "further" revelations:
So then, how are we to view the Islamic message, or the Baha'i message, or the Mormon message? There ARE NO FURTHER REVELATIONS which differ from the message of Christ's life, death and His resurrection.
Al-Kadhi goes on to claim:
In speaking of one message, the author attempts to integrate his own views into the views of true worship. Islam cannot satisfy the requirements for God's justice and His love at the same time. But in Christ, the only ritual man is required to do is accept God's provision of atonement for his sin, which satisfies the need of both justice and mercy. Justice because the sin was paid for, mercy, because the sinner is free of guilt. Whether God is One is clear from Jesus' admonition that the greatest command was:
But Jesus Himself says,
The Word, then, is incorruptible. Thousands have worn out their hammers on the anvil of the Bible, and Mr. Al-Kadhi will too.
After offhandedly discrediting the Bible, Al-Kadhi says,
But we know that God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind. Would God preserve the Koran at the second, but not the Bible at the first? God is not double-minded. He has given us His true Word and has preserved it, as external sources witness. In particular for the crucifixion we have several non-Christian sources backing up this fact. And all the translations of the Bible are in agreement. If Jesus were not crucified, then why did His followers, so fearful at His capture, lay down their lives for Him in preaching His death and resurrection? They saw Him die, and they saw Him rise! God is no deceiver that He would send Jesus to die, then replace him with Judas. We know that the place where Judas was hung was Akeldama ("Field of blood"), while Jesus Himself admitted many times that "For this reason I have come, to give my life as a ransom for many." To these facts testify the entire weight of the scriptures, from Moses to John the revelator. This is so that God will receive all the glory, and not man, for his salvation. And so should it be, as He is a glorious God, able to save all that look to the Son. Al-Kadhi proceeds to quote many "Christian" sources, who malign the Word of God. But Jesus Himself warned, "Many from among yourselves will rise up speaking heresy, to deceive, if possible, the very elect." And, "Not everyone who calls me 'Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven."
Al-Kadhi asks some questions, which are dealt with more thouroughly elsewhere. We do agree that these are important questions and they will be answered. Here a few comments on his four central issues.
Since Mr. Al-Kadhi writes to great length on this issue in section 1.2.2, including his rebuttal of all Biblical evidences for the Trinity by Christians, it is not done with quoting a few verses but there needs to be done a careful investigation of this topic and a passage by passage discussion with his arguments. A general exposition on the Trinity is found on this site, and a specific response to Mr. Al-Kadhi's claims will follow.
Here surfaces the first misunderstanding of the Qur'an which the author seemingly has not been able to overcome even though he claims to have read many Christian books. I wonder if any of these books ever claimed that Jesus is physically the Son of God? This is a strawman. Yes, Jesus was a man, and as such he had a physical body. And yes, the Bible attests him to be the Son of God. But his sonship is not a physical one, since God is not a material but a spiritual being.
Adam was spirit with God's breath in him, and so are we. But Jesus being the son of Mary qualifies Him as the Son of Man, while His birth through conception via the Holy Spirit makes Him the Son of God. God is a Spirit, so Jesus is His Spiritual Son. But which is of greater importance? Obviously since all the physical world in in decay, but the spiritual realm is eternal, His spiritual nature is of primary importance. "And you are all sons of God through Jesus Christ."
The Bible teaches that the Son of God existed from the beginning of time (John 1:1-3), but he took on human flesh in the form of Jesus (John 1:14, Philippians 2:5-11). This is totally different from the repulsive and unbiblical notion that somehow God mated with Mary to sire a son.
To the Jews who accused Him of blasphemy, Jesus replied, "Before Abraham was born, I AM." (John 8;58) This to the Jews was the very name which God revealed to Moses. John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God." Paul says, "Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord." To the leader who demanded to know if He was the divine Son of God, Jesus said, "I AM. And you shall see the Son of man sitting on the clouds of heaven coming with His angels in great power and glory."
This is a rather rethorical question, since it isn't proven, nor would the second part about being the "physical/begotten/sired son of God" lead to the desired conclusion since this was never at any time the statement of the Bible or the content of the Christian faith.
Al-Kadhi goes on to challenge faith. He says,
To Thomas who doubted the resurrection but believed with proof, Jesus said, "Because you have seen you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen but yet have believed." Faith in the message without proof shows great trust in the love of God, and gives great glory to God. That God Himself should bear our punishment in Messiah is right, and clearly gives Him the glory He deserves. He is love. Praise Him! But to the hypocrites who demanded a sign even after they have seen many miracles already, Jesus said, "No sign will be given to you except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of a whale for three days and three nights, so will the Son of man be in the belly of the earth for three days and three nights."
But to those of weak faith in God's goodness, Jesus gave this grace:
and John 5:34,
I hope that this response to your book will give you and many more Muslims - who honestly inquire about the things of God - enough evidence that you can be confident in the words of Jesus as written in God's holy word. We pray that your wish was sincere and it will come true one day and you will indeed be among those who follow him.
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