Re: [The-9-12-Project-in-Mentor-OH] Fw: CAIR/Islamic Society Meeting, For conversation sake

From: Lindy
Sent on: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 9:25 AM
It is quite far from from the simplicity of hair splitting.

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three in one. It is the mystery of the Holy Trinity, a unifying thread among Christians.

Jesus was never and never will be separate from God, nor the Holy Spirit. To suggest such is to move towards the trap of heresy.

If you profess the Nicene Creed, you profess Jesus was "...begotten not made, one in being with the Father. ..."

Yes he called himself a son. Do you not call yourself a son? But does that mean you are not a father, a husband and a friend? Yet you are the same person.

This human example is not representative of the essence of the Trinity. But it was an example which once helped me understand the mystery of the Trinity a bit better. 

We know there is only one true God. But it is easy to misunderstand the issue of Christian relationship to Islam, peaceful or radical. Muslims profess belief in the God of Abraham, belief that God created the world, and belief that God will be our judge on the last day. In that we have a common belief with both Muslims and Jews.

Beyond that differences can be great. Christians believe in a merciful God. While I'm not an expert in Islam, we know from their professions that some Muslims do not believe God is merciful. We call God, Father. Yet at least some Muslims consider that egregious blasphemy. And as Shawn correctly said, they do not believe Jesus to be God, but just another human prophet. There are many other examples.

I highly recommend The Catechism of the Catholic Church as a reference.


On 3/5/[masked]:54 PM, David Black wrote:
You have an interesting and common perspective. We are splitting hairs. There are hundreds of references in the New Testament where Jesus distinguishes himself separate from God. He refers to his Father in Heaven, and he as the Son of God. 

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