Copyright © By Dr. Adel Elsaie, Book Title: "History of Truth, The Truth about God and Religions"
Islam And Christianity
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The confusion in the doctrines of Christianity started by a mathematical error! Jesus is called the Word of God. In John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Now the mathematical equation goes like this:
1. Jesus = The Word
2. The Word = God
3. Therefore Jesus = God!
If you replace the Word (Logos) with Jesus, the above verses read as follows:
"In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God."
The basic flaw in the above equation is that the first verse is misunderstood; as for the second verse, no one really knows where it came from; and the third verse is meaningless without using the Greek philosophy. It is no wonder that the Gospel of John is completely different from the synoptic Gospels. Once a person accepts the divinity of Jesus besides God, belief in the divinity of the Holy Ghost too is not a problem, since the majority of Christians do not know exactly what it is. However, the Bible tells stories about people who were filled with the Holy Ghost:
Acts 11:24 "For he (Barnabas) was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of Faith"
Acts 5:32 "And so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey."
Luke 1:15 "And he (John the Baptist) shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his motherís womb."
See further Acts 6:5; II Peter 1:21; II Timothy 1:14; I Cor. 2:16; Luke 1:41. If we use correct mathematics for the above verse in Acts 11:24, as follows:
Full of the Holy Ghost and of Faith
The Holy Ghost = Faith
It is clear from the above equation and the many verses of the Bible, that the Holy Ghost may simply mean faith. It may also mean the Angel that God sends to strengthen human faith, just like the one that was sent to Jesus during his crucifixion. "And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him," (Luke 22:43). It does not mean that complex concept of a physical Holy Ghost made of the same essence of God to assemble the tri-theistic form of God. The Holy Ghost filled the hearts of Barnabas, John the Baptist even in his motherís womb, or any one who obeys God. Religious people sometimes experience spiritual feeling of faith that fills up the hearts, and may send shivers through the whole body, which indicates that at this moment they are very close to God.
Christianity is a very complicated religion that certainly did not follow the previous messages of God, delivered by hundreds of prophets before Jesus. But the Christian apologists have answers to all questions regarding their doctrines. Sometimes those answers just do not make any sense. For example, why did not God reveal before Jesus that he is actually one with three different persons? One apologist claims that humanity was not ready for that language of one god with different personalities. The example that he gives to clarify this point is that his son used to call the lid of a can of coke door when he was a child. When his son grew up, he knew that it is the lid that opens the coke! Similarly, God was one; and when humanity grew up, God revealed that he is still one but with three personalities! The conclusion is that you do not really ask any question about Christianity because the more you ask, the more confused you will be. Just accept Jesus and your sins are forgiven and you guaranteed paradise! And by the way, keep silent about what Matthew said in 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." A Muslim, by definition, is the one who does to the Will of God. It is certain that without the backing of the atheist imperial power of the Roman Empire Christianity would have not succeeded.