Recently a follow of Muhammad and his Islam spoke to me on the matter of Christianity. They claimed Christianity is too complicated and that I was making it complex. They said, “Islam is logical because it is simple” and “You are not a Christian at all.” Well, if Islam simply believing in one God and a (His) messenger, it would be very simple. But Islam is not only that. (See articles “On Islam” or “On Muhammad” for more info.)
So why is Christianity viewed as more difficult over the simple belief that God is one and He has a messenger? What makes me, and millions of others that believe like me, not Christians ‘at all’? Apparently, we are not considered Christians because:
- We don’t believe in three gods.
- We don’t believe God is three (gods) in one (some twisted versions of the modern Trinity).
- We don’t follow the Qur’anic view that Christians believe Mary is the mother of God and a smaller god herself (and neither is God a god and Jesus is a god alongside Him).
- Our views fall in-line with older Judaism.
- We accept theophanies from the Torah.
- We believe the Father is in the Son.
- We believe in the Bible.
Unfortunately, someone, like myself, tends to make things seem more complicated than what they are. However, while Islam may seem more simple upfront (behind the scenes it becomes very complex and complicated), Christianity isn’t that complicated. However, there is one area of complexity:
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.1 Timothy 3:16 NKJV
The word mystery refers to the gospel. The gospel which teaches Christ crucified. And when a believer, a Christian, states the gospel or the Father in the Son, the only defense many have is attacking the crucifixion or the Bible as a whole (corruption in any form to deny what the Bible says is true and what Christians stand behind). Therefore, we see many attacking various beliefs they’ve never heard of or only vaguely understand, which isn’t really understanding if they only vaguely grasp.
It is our duty to provide a simple, clear, and concise view of the differences between the Father and the Son:
“The term “God the Father” is Biblical and refersThe Oneness of God – David K. Bernard
to God Himself. Basically, the term “Son of God” refers to God as manifested in the flesh in the person of Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind.”
We do not need challenges, but if you would prefer to challenge this view, go search the Bible for yourself. The Bible refers to God as our Father, something that the prophet Muhammad couldn’t fully grasp. The Jews never took it to mean that God was their biological father, but that God was their protector and provider of life. In a sense, they were orphans in a world where He took them in and gave them a life and a system for living in those times. It was always prophesied that things would change to even include the Gentiles. [Diversion ->] It was to be an ongoing lifestyle that could be used throughout any age. The same cannot be said about other beliefs.
So, if a Christian is not a person that believes:
- In one God.
- Teachings of Jesus Christ.
- The Father is in the Son (and doing the works).
- That God is an omni spirit.
Then what exactly is a Christian?