You are a muslim although you self-profess that you’re more of a world-religion person, open to other religions as to where they “meet” each other. You agree on some Christian “things”, but have a problem with other “things”. Maybe its just misunderstanding of words, ideas!
You say you have a problem with our “3 gods”. It is not difficult to understand: in the physical world, H2O can be in 3 different forms (water, ice and steam). The creator of all this, shouldn’t have a problem in creating 3 modes of the Trinity. The Trinity is to us 3 modes of revelations. He revealed himself to humanity as God the Father, mostly in the Old Testament times. He revealed Himself to humanity by walking this earth for 33 years as Jesus, the chosen Messiah sent by God. After this He is with us as Holy Spirit. Al 3 modes of the Trinitarian ONE God was there from the beginning. Its not as if God created them “as they became necessary”. Of course, we can never fully explain God, but at least we can try and explain what He Himself revealed to us, in human words.
We therefore do not believe in 3 gods, as you say, but 1 God, working to our salvation as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus is not just a prophet as you say. A prophet is still just human and has the same limitation as all of us (sin) to not be a saviour. To be a saviour, “the person” must be holy, without sin, but still human to identify with us. Jesus is this “person”. He was without sin and walked this earth. Its not only us that says this about Jesus. He was even declared the son of God, Holy God by the devils themselves (Mark 1:24).
Why are we so adamant about Jesus? Because mankind and all religions proved that man can not save himself. We do not have the capacity to do good enough to fulfill the requirements of being without sin. God is clearly against sin (Ex 34:17) and hates sin. The wages of sin is death. The only way we can escape this, is by being without sin and that we can’t. That is why we need a Saviour who is without sin to be able to “pay” for our sins. No other man, but God Himself.
Doing good things? Yes, they are important in many different ways, but it is not the doing of the good things that save us. Jesus saves us. The good things we do because we had a change of heart and feel for others; because we want to thank God for the free saving grace of salvation (which we did nothing to contribute to).
Even the 5 pillars of faith (monotheism, prayer, als-giving, fasting & pilgramage) – we wouldn’t necessarily have a problem with them. But to us:
- they are not “laws” required for salvation, because our salvation lies in Jesus Christ the Messiah
- they might be good to practice, to live by, but still doesn’t contribute to our salvation.
We have a few problems with what we see from your followers (as you have problems with our followers), proving that we shouldn’t look at the followers (yes, that’s difficult because the followers are the proponents of the religion) for guidance, but the God of the creation.
- The prophet: He is not holy, without sin. He is not the Son of God. He is “just another prophet” (and I don’t mean any disrespect here), as was all the prophets in the old testament.
- He did things that would’ve raised huge problems today, for example marrying a 9 year old girl, having a concubine etc.. I wouldn’t necessarily “follow” someone who does these things that’s attributed to him.
– he wiped out a Jewish tribe in Medina ; married 30+ wives, etc. To say that he marry all these “poor” women (widows) because he was so good-hearted is naive; c’mmon? You don’t take that serious? Shame, poor old JZ who have to marry all these South-African women.
- He can be a prophet, but he can not be a Saviour. Nobody, not even the devils said about him what they said about Jesus.
- The muslim view on the position of women and the appaling attrocities that have been done to women raises questions to me about the “holiness” or qualities of the prophet who initiated this. Have you heard Wafa Sultan? We knew a muslim lady who cried virtually every day about the things happening in her house, about the way she was treated as a human being; as part of God’s creation.
I’m not trying to proselyte you, just trying to clear your misconception on the Trinity, and why I do have questions about the muslim faith.