Alan Shlemon writes a monthly letter for Stand to Reason. This month’s letter addresses the person and nature of God within Christianity by asking the question:
Alan opens the letter by saying that most Muslims would say yes. That’s not my experience… I have yet to meet a Muslim who has said yes. They have always told me that Christians worship three gods, not one! I also don’t agree with part of his conclusion in the letter. I think if Jesus were to show up on the streets of Detroit today, every Muslim would fall in worship – they’d have no choice at Christ’s second coming – Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! Philippians 2 says this. But I get Alan’s point. If Jesus were to somehow return a second time in his state of humiliation and not his exaltation, Muslims wouldn’t bow and worship him, unless they converted to Trinitarian worship.
With that said however, Alan does a great job in my opinion of showing how Muslims believe in a God that is one person, one essence. Christians believe in a god that is three persons, one essence. Big distinction!
I like to say, “Jesus is God or Jesus is just a man.” Clearly, we’re not worshiping the same God. But from my experience, many Christians simply don’t fathom this. I have seen classrooms filled with mostly Christians divided on this question, just like Alan said.
Why? Why are Christians divided on this issue?