God in Christianity and Islam
It is strongly beliveved by Muslims that the attributes of God were always the same in all the heavenly religions but owing to the human interpolations, borrowings from other ancient pagan religions, the successive translations of the holy Books, many human attributes were giving to God in the Holy Book, this distorted the image of God and in the same time fostered the seeds of atheism.
Traces of the uniqueness of God in the Holy Book
The Holy Book sometimes teaches that there is only one God (Mk 12:29; Eph 4:6; Jas 2:19), who is pure spirit (Jn 4:24; 1 Jn 4:12), the creator of the world (1 Ti 4:4; Heb 3:4), holy and good (Ro 3:4; Eph 4:24; Rev 4:8), all-powerful (Mt 19:26; Mk 2:7, 10:18) and worthy of mankinds worship and love (Mt 6:24; Mk 11:22; Lk 2:14)
however there are many ureasonable verses that depict God unable like humans and in some cases inferior to them. in the following lines we will shed some light on these verses and in the same time we will compare between what the Holy Quran and the Holy Book say in this regard.
In the Holy Book God forgets
Why do you forget us forever, why do you so long forsake us? [Lam. 5:20How]
The same concept is repeated here:
long O Lord ? will you forget meforever. [Psalm 13:1]
Is it any logical that God forgets?
How can he that controls the universe be forgetful?
How can that under Whose hands lie the smallest paricles to the largest galaxies be forgetful?
Islam not only corrects this interpolated concept but also stresses thae fact that God can’t be forgetfull under any conditions.
The Holy Quran says:
(The angels say :) "We descend not but by command of thy Lord: to Him belongeth what is before us and what is behind us, and what is between and thy Lord never doth forget" [Al_Quraan 019:064
In Islam nothing can distract God from caring of something to caring about something else.
The Holy Book says that God sleeps.
Awake, why do you sleep, O Lord?(Psalm. 4:23)
In another place the Holy Book says:
Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep,and like a mighty man that shouts by reasonof wine. [Psalm. 4:23]
What is that languge that the Holy Book teaches us while we address God?
How can God sleep? If He sleeps, then Who controls the universe while he is asleep , don’t tell me that the universe is controlled by laws simply the word” law” is no more than an expression to describe what is going on but it doesn’t tell us how that happens.
Sleeping is a biological process that mortals resort to refresh the exhausted organs especially the nervous system.
Please note that God is not like us, sleeping is equal to death, it is a temporary death.
In The Holy Quran God never sleeps
The Holy Quran tells us that:
Allah! There is no God but He,-the Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. (Al_Quraan 2:255)
The Holy Book tells us that God needs to rest
In the Holy Book, God ( Sometimes ) needs to be refreshed For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. [Exo. 31:17]
In the Holy Quran, God never needs to be refreshed.
The Holy Quran says:
We created the heavens and the earth and all between them in Six Long Periods, nor did any sense of weariness touch Us.(Al_Quraan 50:038)
In the Holy Book God can be seen face to face
In the Holy Book, God can ( Sometimes ) be seen face to face, Jacob wrestled God who said to him, "Let me go;for the day is breaking" But Jacob said, "I will notlet you go unless you bless me. And he said tohim,” What is your name? And he said "Jacob"Then the Lord said, "Your name shall be no more called Jacob but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed. [Gen.32:22]
So the Holy Book teaches us that:
1- God wrestles with peoples
2- God is weak that he can’t free Himself from the hands of one of His creaturess
3- God can be forced to do what He doesn’t want to do.
4- God doesn’t know the names of us ( also sonsider the story of the creation of Adam)
5- People can prevail over God.
In the Holy Quran , God can’t be seen face to face
The Holy Quran says:
No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision: He is above all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things. [Al_Quraan 006:103]
But those who disbelieve say, "The Hour will not come to us." Say, "Yes, by my Lord, it will surely come to you. [Allah is] the Knower of the unseen." Not absent from Him is an atom's weight within the heavens or within the earth or [what is] smaller than that or greater, except that it is in a clear register - (34:3)
In the Holy Book God is sometimes not All-Knowing
And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from thepresence of the LORD God amongst the trees ofthe garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam,and said unto him, Where are thou? [Gen. 3:8,9]
So like human beings God walk, can be subdued to place, he is in one place in a certain time while absent in another place.
In the Holy Quran God is always All-Knowing
With Him are the keys of the unseen, the treasures that none knoweth but He. He knoweth whatever there is on the earth and in the sea. Not a leaf doth fall but with His knowledge: there is not a grain in the darkness (or depths) of the earth, nor anything fresh or dry (green or withered), but is (inscribed) in a record clear (to those who can read). [Al_Quraan 006:059
In the Holy Book, God (Sometimes) regrets
And the Lord was sorry that he made man onthe earth, and it grieved him to his heart. [he said]: "For I am sorry that I have made them."[Gen 6:6,7] In The Holy Quran , God never regrets The word of thy Lord doth find its fulfillment in truth and in justice: None can change His words: for He is the one who heareth and knoweth all. [Al_Quraan 6:115 )
Whenever you regret doing something this means that:
You made the wrong thing
You took the wrong descision
You are not intelligent enough
You don’t have enough wisedom to take the right descision.
You have caused many troubles to yourselef
Moreover regret means unrest in your heart.
So the question that imposes itself is what benefit did the sinning hands of the scribes got to depict God as a weak hunman being.
In the Holy Book, God ( Sometimes ) orders sins tobe committed
GO TAKE TO YOURSELF A WIFE OF HARLOTRYand have children of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry by forsaking the.
Also see ( Exo. 3:22) Lord." [Hos.]
1:2 In The Holy Quran, God bans indecent acts Say: "Nay, Allah never commands what is indecent: Do you say of Allah what you ) know not? " [Al_Quraan 7:28]
By Magdy Abdalshafy