The Qur’an’s Lack of Truth: Part 4

When those of the Islamic faith attack the Tri-unity of the Christian God-head, in essence, he or she attacks the whole of human experience. This many seem at first like a nonsensical and unfounded claim, but, it is worthy to consider nonetheless. The argument is as follows: the Christian Triune God of the Scriptures is the only source that can account for the pre-conditions of our human experience, and we know the specifics about the Triune God via His revealed word, the Bible. In short, all manners of assimilating our human experience are based upon the “tools” that Yahweh extends into His creation to those who are made after His image.

Consider logic for a moment. Logic is found in both a universal and particular fashion and it just so happens that the nature of logic corresponds to the being of Yahweh; who is both universal in nature (one God) and particular in nature (three persons). Also, on this point, the laws of Logic are invariant, just as the Lord is invariant (or immutable, because the laws of logic are a reflection of the mind of God and not something God created). The same applies to mathematics, where both singularity and multiplicity is found in the Triune God; 3 persons, 1 God. There is also the societal aspect where this teaching rings true; with Yahweh possessing the very foundation of community in His very being. Marriage is also another refection of the Triune God-heads relationship with one another, where there is a love-giver (the Father), a recipient of love (the Son) and a spirit of love (the Holy Spirit). In short, human experience is undermined when this essential truth of creation and experience is rejected; as is the case in Islam.

Another aspect of the Triune God that is essential to the above teachings on the understanding of human experience (when compared with Allah of Islam), is the personal aspect of Yahweh. The Bible uses language and anthropomorphic terms to explain Yahweh and this can be done because Yahweh has graciously revealed Himself and His nature to us. However, Allah is an impersonal God who has not revealed his nature to the follower of Islam, past his essential attributes. This point is made clear in an evaluation of the Islamic doctrine of “Tanzih” which claims in short, the Allah is ultra-transcendent. One example of this teaching is found in Sura 42:11 which states;

“The Creator of the heavens and the earth. He has made for you mates from yourselves, and for the cattle (also) mates. By this means He creates you (in the wombs). There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.” (Muhsin and Hilali English Translation)

The late Apologist, Philosopher and Theologian Dr. Greg Bahnsen (The Man that Atheist Fear Most) commented on this teaching and proclaimed the following;

“Dr. Bahnsen argued that the Islamic doctrine of “tanzih” (or transcendence) – which says that no human language can positively describe Allah because he is allegedly “incomparable” (Surah 42:11) – would render it logically impossible for the Koran to be what it claims to be, a positive revelation and description of Allah.) (Bahnsen, Penpoint Vol. II:6: November, 1991)

I do hope that this point is well absorbed. Because of this doctrine (Tanzih), the Muslim cannot argue that Allah has revealed himself to mankind in a positive fashion, because there is no human language that can be used to explain him. He is incomparable. Hence, the Qur’an, which claims to be the eternal book from Heaven, given by Allah to the prophet Muhammad, cannot be the very thing that it claims to be, Allah’s revelation, because nothing in our experience can be utilized to make that revelation cogent and understandable.

Hence, the Islamic God cannot offer the creature a positive means to understand human experience and revelation. In contrast to this is Yahweh, the Triune God of the Scripture’s, who has revealed Himself in such a way as to make our experience intelligible. His being and His Tri-personal nature is foundational for all of our human experience (logic, mathematics, society and so on) and there is a gaping epistemological hole in opposing worldviews that reject this teaching (whether Islamic, atheistic, Buddhist, Hindu or the like). This understanding is summarized by the apostle Paul through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Colossians 2:3 when he states of Jesus; “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Amen.


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