The Qur’an misunderstands the Trinity

“Does the Qur’an misunderstand the Trinity? 

 [Analysis of Sūrat al-ikhlāṣ] (Surah 112)

Surah 112 (Al-Ikhlas =  الاخلاص ، “The Purity”) does not show knowledge or understanding of the Trinity nor the eternal Sonship of Christ, nor the Deity of Christ, nor the term “begotten”; nor church history, nor the creeds.

The other phrases around the ones that are highlighted and explained, show that you don’t understand what the Creed is talking about. The phrase “begotten, not made” demonstrates this. “begotten” does not mean “created” or “came into being at a certain time”.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten (only unique and only generated out from ) Son of God, begotten (means coming out of from, generation from and with Light of light, means the same nature of light coming out from God, who is light (1 John 1:5)
of the Father before all worlds (æons),

“before all worlds” means eternally into the past. (the context was specifically against Arius and Arianism, the heresy that said, “there was a time, when the Son was not”.

So the Son is not a creation or creature, as it says later, “not made”. (not created; having no beginning) John 17:5 and John 1:1-5 and Philippians 2:5-8 say the same thing.

Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made –

light of light means the essence of the Son being light comes out of the same essence of the Light, the Father – God is light.

الله نور

We have the same word for light نور (Nor or Nur) in Farsi.

1 John 1:5
“God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all”

“very God of very God” = the Son is truly God whose nature comes out of very God, the Father.

Very God (the Son) of Very God (the Fahter) = the Son’s nature is the same, coming out from the Father.

Not only does the Qur’an not understand the Trinity at Surah 112, but it also does not understand the Trinity in other places, like:

Surah 6:101
“how can God have a son when there is no consort / wife for Him?”

This is what the Qur’an THINKS Christians meant by the terms “Father” and “Son” and seeing the icons and statues of Mary also made them think this. And probably hearing prayers to Mary and hearing some Christians calling her “the Mother of God” made them think this.

Surah 5:116
Allah will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, ‘Take me and my mother as deities besides Allah ?’

الهین من دون الله
= “2 gods besides God”

(God, Jesus, and Mary are said to be 2 gods with God) with 5:72-75 (“Jesus and Mary used to each eat their daily food; “Allah is the third of three” with 4:171 – “say not three” shows the Qur’an thinks this; – shows the Qur’an thinks Mary is part of the Trinity. That the Qur’an says “three gods” means the author of the Qur’an does not understand history, nor the Creeds, which was always “one God”, “in three persons” – also the phrase in 5:72
” Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary” – shows the Qur’an did not understand what Christians said and even gets the phraseology wrong. Christians said “The Messiah is God” (by nature/substance/essence) – they never made the statement: “God is the Messiah” – big difference.
The ignorance of “Allah” in the Qur’an is astounding and proof that the Living God did not inspire the book.

Surah 19:88-92

The Surah is “Maryam”, the Mother of Jesus, so they are talking about what they heard Christians saying:

And they say, “The Most Merciful has taken [for Himself] a son.”

اتخذ – verse 88 –

(we have this word and its various forms in Farsi also)

“taken”, “adopt”, “assume”, “arrange” – this shows the Qur’an thinks that God later in time “takes” or “adopts” a son or with 6:101 0 that He had sex with a wife – a monstrous thought! استغفرالله
estaqfr’Allah ! ( I seek the forgiveness of God) – Iranians also say this a lot when someone cuts themselves down – “don’t say that!”, “may God forgive you”.

Obviously the Qur’an does not understand the eternal nor spiritual relationship of the Son and the Father into the past eternally, that it is not a physical thing, nor sexual. That is why the virgin birth was necessary.

Al Masih entered into creation at a point in time. (Luke 1:34-35)

19:89 – You have done an atrocious thing.
The strong language here and in verse 90 and 92 also shows that the Qur’an thought it was about sex and physical touch and biology.

19:90 -The heavens almost rupture therefrom and the earth splits open and the mountains collapse in devastation.

The idea of God having a wife, having sex, becoming a Father, etc. is so ridiculous the heavens almost rupture and the earth splits open and the mountains collapse”, etc.

19:91 – That they attribute to the Most Merciful a son.

19:92 – And it is not appropriate for the Most Merciful that He should take a son.

All together, this definitely shows the Qur’an has misunderstood the Trinity and the Sonship of Christ; and proves it was not from Almighty God.

See also James White’s excellent debate on this issue vs. Bassam Zawadi, a Muslim from Saudi Arabia.

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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