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God (Allah) is the Deity

God (Allah) is the Deity

The Deity

The Islamic conception of “the Deity” sounds reasonable, whereas the Christian conception is unreasonable

By Editorial Staff

One of the names and attributes of God is “the Deity”. The true god of this universe in whom the human mind can believe must be “the Deity”, a name necessarily involving the communication of His divinity to mankind, the right to be worshipped, humanity’s obligation to worship Him alone and the explanation of the acts of worship.

The Deity in Islam

The name of “the Deity” is deservedly given to God in Islam. In the Qur’an, we find uncountable verses indicating that God (“Allah” in Arabic) is the true God Who is worthy of worship and commanding worship for Him. For example, we read:

O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous (Al-Baqarah 2:21)

We also read:

Say, “O People of the Scripture, come to a word that is equitable between us and you – that we will not worship except Allah and not associate anything with Him and not take one another as lords instead of Allah.” But if they turn away, then say, “Bear witness that we are Muslims [submitting to Him].” (Aal `Imran 3:64)

In the Glorious Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunnah, we find many texts explaining how to worship God. For example, the Qur’an indicates that the worship of God involves offering prayer for Him. We read:

Indeed, I am Allah. There is no deity except Me, so worship Me and establish prayer for My remembrance. (Taha 20:14)

The Qur’an also points out that the worship of God involves bowing down and prostration in reference to prayer as well as doing good deeds. We read:

O you who have believed, bow and prostrate and worship your Lord and do good – that you may succeed. (Al-Hajj 22:77)

The Deity in Christianity

In Christianity, we have a conception of Jesus as one of three persons constituting God though Jesus cannot be given the name of “the Deity” for he did not say that he was God or even one of three persons making up God, claim the right to be worshipped, command worship for himself or explain how to worship him.

On the contrary, we find him indicating that he had God like us more than once in the Bible. In the New Testament, we read: And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

We also read: Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (John 20:17)

Moreover, in the New Testament, we do not find statements of Jesus indicating his right to be worshipped or a command for people to worship him. Rather, we find Jesus commanding worship of God alone and negating the right of anyone else to be worshipped. For example, in the New Testament, we find that Jesus replied to Satan when the latter tried to tempt him to worship him, saying: “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” (Matthew 4:10)

Jesus explained how to worship and pray to God. The New Testament quotes Jesus as saying: Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:9-13)

The New Testament mentions that Jesus himself worshipped and prayed to God. For example, we read: “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” (Matthew 14:23)

We also read: And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39)

After all, it becomes evident enough that the Islamic conception of God (“the Deity”) sounds quite reasonable and rational, whereas the Christian conception is unreasonable and irrational for the divinity of Jesus would have required him to introduce himself as God, claim the right to be worshipped, command worship for himself and explain how he must have been worshipped.

Nevertheless, Jesus confirmed the divinity of God (called “Father” in Christianity) only, called for His worship alone, prohibited worship for anyone else, explained how to worship Him, and what is more he himself worshipped and prayed to God. How can Jesus be God?

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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God (Allah) is the Lord of Heaven and Earth

God (Allah) is the Lord of Heaven and Earth

Lord of Heaven and Earth

How can Jesus be God though he neither did describe himself nor was described as “Lord of Heaven and Earth”?

By Editorial Staff

One of the names and attributes of God is “Lord of Heaven and Earth”. It is intuitive that God is given this description for He is the Creator of heaven and earth alone, without a partner.

Lord of Heaven and Earth in Islam

According to the Islamic conception, God (“Allah” in Arabic) is described as “Lord of Heaven and Earth”. For example, we read:

Then by the Lord of Heaven and Earth, indeed, it is truth – just as [sure as] it is that you are speaking. (Adh-Dhariyat 51:23)

God is also described as “Lord of Heavens and Earth”. For example, we read:

Say, “Who is Lord of Heavens and Earth?” Say, “Allah.” Say, “Have you then taken besides Him allies not possessing [even] for themselves any benefit or any harm?” (Ar-Ra`d 13:16)

We also read:

Lord of Heavens and Earth and whatever is between them – so worship Him and have patience for His worship. Do you know of any similarity to Him?” (Maryam 19:65)

Prophet Muhammad used to use the name of “Lord of Heaven and Earth” in his supplications especially in distress. It is reported on the authority of Ibn `Abbas (may God be pleased with them) that in distress Prophet Muhammad would supplicate: “There is no god but Allah, the Great, the Tolerant. There is no god but Allah, the Lord of the Magnificent Throne. There is no god but Allah, the Lord of Heavens and Earth, and the Lord of the Great Throne.” (Al-Bukhari)

Also, Prophet Muhammad used to use this name to invoke God when he got up at night to offer prayers. It is reported on the authority of Ibn `Abbas (may God be pleased with them) that when Prophet Muhammad got up at night to offer prayers, he would supplicate:
“O Allah, our Lord, to You belongs all praise, You are the Sustainer of heavens and earth. To You belongs all praise. You are the Lord of Heavens and Earth and all that is within them. To You belongs all praise…” (Al-Bukhari)

Lord of Heaven and Earth in Christianity

It is well-known that Jesus in Christianity is one of three persons making up God. But, it is curious that we do not find Jesus described as “Lord of Heaven and Earth” in the Bible. On the contrary, we find him describing God (called “Father” in Christianity) in the New Testament as “Lord of Heaven and Earth”. We read: “At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants.” (Matthew 11:25)

We also find Paul in the Chapter of Acts describing God as “Lord of Heaven and Earth”. We read: “For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of Heaven and Earth, does not live in temples made by man” (Acts 17:23-24)

A question here may arise: how can Jesus be God though he neither did describe himself nor was described as “Lord of Heaven and Earth”?

On the contrary, Jesus himself gave God this description, of which we do not find a like for Jesus in the Bible?

Jesus is “lord” Rather than “Lord” in the Bible

It is worth noting that reference to Jesus as “Lord” is itself inaccurate, even incorrect, for the original word in the Ancient Greek Language, in which the oldest manuscripts of the New Testament were written, was “κύριος”. This word used to be used to refer to God as well as human beings without any difference in writing, i.e. in the same letters, without difference in letter case.

When the original manuscripts were translated from the Old Greek into other languages, this word was distorted. For example, in the English version of the Bible, the word “lord” is capitalized in reference to both God (Father) and Jesus on an equal footing. However, when it is used to refer to anyone other than God and Jesus, it is not capitalized.

There is no denying that this involves distortion and confusion for such usage falsely indicates the divinity of Jesus in contradiction with the original manuscripts which did not draw a distinction between the usage of “κύριος” when referring to God and its usage to anyone other than God.

For example, the Bible tells us that the Hittites called Prophet Abraham “my lord”. In the Old Testament, we read: “Hear us, my lord; you are a prince of God among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will withhold from you his tomb to hinder you from burying your dead.” (Genesis 23:6)

The following is the original text of the above verse in the Old Greek:

μή κύριε ἄκουσον δὲ ἡμῶν βασιλεὺς παρὰ θεοῦ εἶ σὺ ἐν ἡμῖν ἐν τοῖς ἐκλεκτοῖς μνημείοις ἡμῶν θάψον τὸν νεκρόν σου οὐδεὶς γὰρ ἡμῶν τὸ μνημεῖον αὐτοῦ κωλύσει ἀπὸ σοῦ τοῦ θάψαι τὸν νεκρόν σου ἐκεῖ

The New Testament quotes Jesus speaking to his disciples as saying: “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’” (Matthew 7:22)

The following is the original text of the above verse in the Old Greek:

πολλοὶ ἐροῦσίν μοι ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ κύριε κύριε οὐ τῷ σῷὀνόματι ἐπροφητεύσαμεν καὶ τῷ σῷ ὀνόματι δαιμόνια ἐξεβάλομεν καὶτῷ σῷ ὀνόματι δυνάμεις πολλὰς ἐποιήσαμεν

We notice that the same word “κύριε” derived from “κύριος” which is transliterated as “kurios” and means both “Deity’ and “master” at the same time does not differ in usage from Abraham to Jesus in the oldest New Testament manuscripts written in the Old Greek.

However, the distorters differentiated between the usages of the above word in the Bible translations. Thus, Jesus is referred to as “Lord”, whereas Abraham is referred to as “lord” though the two words are identical in the original manuscripts.

Jesus is “god” Rather than “God” in the Bible

Similarly, Jesus is referred to as “God”, whereas Moses is referred to as “god”, though both words are the same in the original manuscript.

For example, the Bible tells us that God intended to make Prophet Moses a “god” to Pharaoh. In the Old Testament, we read: “And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.” (Exodus 7:1)

The following is the original text of the above verse in the Old Greek:

καὶ εἶπεν κύριος πρὸς Μωυσῆν λέγων ἰδοὺ δέδωκά σε θεὸν Φαραω καὶ Ααρων ὁ ἀδελφός σου ἔσται σου προφήτης

The Bible also tells us that Thomas called Jesus “God”. In the New Testament, we read: “Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:28-29)

The following is the original text of the above verse in the Old Greek:

καὶ ἀπεκρίθη Ὁ Θωμᾶς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὁ κύριός μου καὶ ὁ θεός μου λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ὅτι ἑώρακάς με πεπίστευκας μακάριοι οἱ μὴ ἰδόντες καὶ πιστεύσαντες

We notice that, in the original manuscripts of the Bible, both Moses and Jesus are metaphorically described as “god”, or “θεὸν” and “θεός” respectively in the Old Greek, which are identical. They have the same root “θεός” which is transliterated as “theos”, but “θεὸν” has a different form because of parsing.

So why is Jesus called and worshipped as “God” unlike Moses though the Bible described both of them as “god” on an equal footing, without any difference in even letter case?

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- Sahih Al-Bukhari

3- www.blueletterbible.org

4- www.biblehub.com

5- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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God (Allah) is the King & Master of Kingdom

God (Allah) is the King & Master of Kingdom

By Editorial Staff

King & Master of Kingdom

If kingdom belongs to God (called “Father” in Christianity), how can Jesus be God?

The names and attributes of God include “King” and “Master of Kingdom”. Since the Lord of this universe is its Creator, He is also the Master of its kingdom. He is rightfully entitled to those descriptions for He is the Owner of everything, and there is no other owner along with Him.

King & Master of Kingdom in Islam

In the Qur’an, God (“Allah” in Arabic) is described as the “Master of Kingdom”. We read:

Say: “O Allah! Master of all the Kingdom, You give the kingdom to whom You please and take away the kingdom from whomsoever You please; You give honor to whom You please and disgrace to whom You please; all the good is in Your hand; surely You have power over everything. (Aal `Imran 3:26)

God is also described as “King”. We read:

Did you, then, think that We created you in mere idle play, and that you would not have to return to Us?” Now Allah be exalted, the True King! There is no God save Him, the Lord of the Throne of Grace. (Al-Mu’minun 23:115-116)

We also read:

Allah is He, besides Whom there is no god, the King, the Holy, the Giver of peace, the Granter of security, the Guardian, the Almighty, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory be to Allah! He is far above the shirk they commit (by associating other gods with Him). (Al-Hashr 23:59)

Kingdom and dominion are attributed to God Alone. We read:

Do you not know that to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and that besides Allah you have no protector or helper!! (Al-Baqarah 2:107)

We also read:

And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and Allah is over all things competent. (Aal `Imran 3:189)

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) attributed mastery and kingdom solely to God Alone. It is reported on the authority of Abu Hurairah (may God be pleased with him) that Prophet Muhammad said: “There is no Master save Allah.” (Muslim)

Another report reads: “There is no King save Allah” (Muslim)

Abu Hurairah also reported that the Prophet said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will hold the whole earth and fold the heaven with His right hand and say, ‘I am the King! Where are the kings of the earth?’” (Al-Bukhari)

`Abdullah bin Mas`ud reported: A Jew came to the Prophet and said, “O Muhammad! Allah will hold the heavens on a Finger, the mountains on a Finger, the trees on a Finger, and all the creation on a Finger, and then He will say, ‘I am the King.’” Thereupon, the Messenger of God smiled till his premolar teeth became visible, and then recited: ‘No just estimate have they made of Allah such as due to Him….’(Az-Zumar 39.67) (Al-Bukhari)

King & Master of Kingdom in Christianity

In the Old Testament, God is described as “King”. We read: “Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.” (Psalm 5:2)

The Old Testament tells us that kingdom belongs to God forever. We read: “The Lord reigns for ever and ever.” (Exodus 15:18)

The New Testament quotes Jesus as attributing kingdom to God. We read: “Therefore say I unto you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” (Matthew 21:43)

When Jesus taught prayer to his disciples, he ascribed kingdom to God. We read: “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’” (Matthew 6:9-13)

Similarly, Jesus taught his disciples to seek the kingdom of God in the first place. We read: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

A question may arise here: if kingdom and dominion belong to God (called “Father” in Christianity), how can Jesus be God?

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- Sahih Al-Bukhari

3- Sahih Muslim

4- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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Allah is One and Only God

Allah is One and Only God

By Editorial Staff

Allah

God is described as “One” in the Qur’an and the Bible

The most credible belief, when it comes to whether or not there is God, and if He is One or more, is that of monotheism. It does not sound sensible that this vast universe has no God simply because each creature must have a creator and each being must have a maker.

If we are to believe in a god for this universe, he must be a one and only god. He cannot be more than one simply because if we believe that he is more than one, this will sound illogical and irrational, in which case atheism will seem more credible than such a sort of polytheism given the quite likely difference arising from such polytheism.

If God is not one, is He two? If He is thought to be two, why is He not three? If He is thought to be three, why is he not four, and so on?

Therefore, it is quite intuitive that the names and attributes of God include “One and Only God”.

One and Only God in Islam

In the Qur’an, God (called “Allah” in Arabic) is often described as “One”. We read:

And your god is one God. There is no deity [worthy of worship] except Him, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. (Al Baqarah 2:163)

We also read:

They have certainly disbelieved who say, “Allah is the third of three.” And there is no god except one God. And if they do not desist from what they are saying, there will surely afflict the disbelievers among them a painful punishment. (Al Ma’idah 5:73)

We read further:

O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, “Three”; desist – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs. (An-Nisaa’ 4:171)

God is also described as “One and Only”. We read:

Say, “He is Allah, [who is] One and Only. Allah is the Self-Sufficient. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.” (Al-Ikhlas 112:1-4)

One and Only God in Christianity

Though the Bible, including the Old Testament and the New Testament, called for monotheism, we find biblical verses contradicting pure monotheism. For example, the Old Testament narrated that God feared Adam for he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and stated that by so doing Adam became “like of Us”, as if God were several persons and Adam would be one of them.

In the Old Testament, we read: Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” (Genesis 3:22)

Though the New Testament called for monotheism as reported on the authority of Jesus himself, we notice that the doctrine of the Trinity or the Holy Trinity was innovated and introduced into Christianity. It is ironic that this innovated, false belief has no basis in the Bible.

However, we observe that the Nicene Creed provides for the doctrine of the Trinity, attributes partners to God (called “Father” in Christianity), and makes Him into three persons. In the Nicene Creed, we read:

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty…And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God… being of one substance with the Father… And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified…

Nevertheless, as a matter of fact, distortion in the story of Adam and Eve and polytheism involved in the Nicene Creed were interpolated into the Bible, whose original message and verses undoubtedly call for pure monotheism. In the Bible, we find many verses affirming the Oneness of God and calling for monotheism.

For example, in the Old Testament, we read: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. (Deuteronomy 6:4) We also read: “Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us?” (Malachi 2:10)

In the New Testament, Jesus confirmed the Oneness of God and called for monotheism in more than one position. For example, we read: “And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.” (Matthew 23:9)

We also read: And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. (Mark 12:28-32)

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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God (Allah) is the Creator

God (Allah) is the Creator

By Editorial Staff

The Creator

The Bible tells us that Jesus was a creature created by God

One of the names and attributes of God is “the Creator”. In fact, belief in God is actually based on belief in the Creator. A believer in God automatically believes in a creator for this universe.

The Creator in Islam

In Islam, belief in the creation of this universe is closely associated with the command to worship the Creator (“Allah” in Arabic) alone without a partner. In the Qur’an, we read:

That is Allah, your Lord; there is no deity except Him, the Creator of all things, so worship Him. And He is Disposer of all things. (Al-An`am 6:102)

We also read:

O mankind, remember the favor of Allah upon you. Is there any creator other than Allah who provides for you from the heaven and earth? There is no deity except Him, so how are you deluded? (Fatir 35:3)

In addition to “Creator”, the creation-related names and attributes of God in the Qur’an include “Inventor”, “Fashioner” and “Originator”. For example, we read:

He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. (Al-Hashr 59:24)

We also read:

Originator of the heavens and the earth! When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is. (Al-Baqarah 2:117)

The Creator in Christianity

The New Testament quotes Jesus as attributing creation to God. We read: And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’” (Mark 10:5-6)

We also read: “Because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again.” (Mark 13:19)

The New Testament tells us that Jesus was a creature created by God. We read: “Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” (Colossians 1:12-15)

We also read: “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.” (Revelation 3:14)

However, Jesus was not the beginning of creation simply because the Old Testament mentions that there was no man before the creation of Adam. We read:

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (Genesis 2:4-7)

A question here may arise: how can a creature be set up as a god to be worshipped with God, the Creator?

It goes without saying that it is the Creator only Who is worthy of divinity and worship.

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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God (Allah) is the Provider

God (Allah) is the Provider

By Editorial Staff

Provider

Jesus cannot be the “Provider” for he himself used to be provided for, like all other human beings

One of the names and attributes of God is “the Provider”. A believer in a god for this universe necessarily believes that this god is a provider. God is surely the Provider, along with Whom there is no other provider.

The Provider in Islam

The Qur’an often states that God (“Allah” in Arabic) is the One Who provides for His servants. He is the Only “Provider”, Who provides for others, and does not seek for provision from others. For example, we read:

Indeed, it is Allah who is the [continual] Provider, the firm possessor of strength. (Adh-Dhariyat 51:58)

Just as God is described as the “Provider”, He is also described as the “Best of Providers”. We read:

Say, “Indeed, my Lord extends provision for whom He wills of His servants and restricts [it] for him. But whatever thing you spend [in His cause] – He will compensate it; and He is the Best of Providers.” (Saba’ 34:39)

The above description is repeated by Jesus himself as quoted by the Qur’an when he prayed to God to send down to him and his disciples a table from heaven in order to deepen the disciples’ faith. We read:

[And remember] when the disciples said, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, can your Lord send down to us a table [spread with food] from the heaven? [Jesus] said,” Fear Allah , if you should be believers.” They said, “We wish to eat from it and let our hearts be reassured and know that you have been truthful to us and be among its witnesses.” Said Jesus, the son of Mary, “O Allah , our Lord, send down to us a table [spread with food] from the heaven to be for us a festival for the first of us and the last of us and a sign from You. And provide for us, and You are the Best of Providers.” (Al-Ma’idah 5:112-114)

The Qur’an affirms that it is God Who withholds and grants abundance in provision. We read:

And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned. (Al-Baqarah 2:245)

We also read:

Indeed, your Lord extends provision for Whom He wills and restricts [it]. Indeed He is ever, concerning His servants, Acquainted and Seeing. (Al-Israa’ 17:30)

The Provider in Christianity

In the Old Testament, the Bible tells us that it is God only Who is the Provider. For example, the Bible tells us that after God had created Adam and Eve he provided them with each plant and fruit on the face of the earth and He provided beasts, birds and animals with each green plant.

We read: Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:29-30)

The Bible also relates to us that it is God Who made trees which are good for food grow out of the ground. We read: “The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:9)

Moreover, the Bible reports that God promised Noah and his children to provide them with animals and green plants as food after the Great Flood. We read: “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.” (Genesis 9:3)

Furthermore, the Bible relates to us that God provided the Children of Israel with meat at twilight and bread in the morning after the Exodus as evidence for His divinity and lordship. We read: The Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’” (Exodus 16:11-12)

In the New Testament, the Bible narrates to us that Jesus taught his disciples to seek bread (i.e. provision) from God (called “Father” in Christianity). We read: “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’” (Matthew 6:9-13)

After all, the New Testament tells us that Jesus used to eat and drink from the provisions of God. We read: And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. (Luke 24:41-43)

We also read: “When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)” (John 4:7-8)

Since God provided for Adam, Noah and Moses even before the birth of Jesus, who himself taught his followers to seek for bread (provision) from God and ate and drank from the provisions of God like all other creatures of God, how can Jesus be God?

In consideration of the foregoing, there is no denying that Jesus cannot be the “Provider” for he himself used to be provided for, like all other human beings.

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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