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Chapter II

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Deification and Christinity

The Christian dogma of Godhood of Jesus was completely foreign to earlier Evangelists. The Synoptic Gospels presented Jesus as a man who preached monotheism.

"Here 0 Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord, and that thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength." (Mark 12-29,30 Matthew 22-37,38)

You shall do homage to the Lord your God and worship him alone." (Matthew 4-10)

God is the Supreme Being before whom we the creatures bow down in our prayers. He is the object of worship. He does not worship but He is worshipped. Jesus was also among His creatures and he prayed as a humble worshipper of God, and his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane was full of human dignity, suffering and self humiliation (see Matthew 26-36-37.)

"And in the morning rising up a great while before day he went put, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed." (Mark 1:35)

"And he withdrew himself into the wilderness and prayed." (Luke 5:16)

It would be a folly to imagine God praying any one and, therefore, Jesus was not God but a creature.

The Incarnation of Jesus was first concocted by Paul. His 14 epistles are the part of the New Bible.

He was a Pharisee and a deadly enemy of Christians but later embraced Christianity and painted Jesus as God, who chose to appear in a human body. After 28 years of death of Paul i.e. in about 95 A.D. the fourth Gospel which is called the Gospel of John was written. In its preface the deification of Jesus is found. It is, therefore, normal and natural to think that this belief was taken from Paul, as the earlier Synoptical Gospels are silent on it. Inspite of the fact that divinity of Jesus has been claimed in the fourth Gospel saying that the divine 'Logas, the Word or Reason of God which created the world, had become incarnate in Jesus, we find in it many verses .which contradict the incarnation and show God and Jesus as separate entity.

"Jesus saith unto them, if ye were Abrahams' Children, Ye would do the work of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the Truth, which I have heard from God." (John 8:39, 40)

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17-3)

Jesus spoke," I am now ascending to my Father and your Father and my God and your God." (John 20:17)

Mentioning of Jesus Christ as my Father and your Father clearly denotes that he is terming Father in the meaning of Creator but what a hell of ignorance that far later he was termed as God the Son or person in the Godhead

It is usual that people exaggerate in great dignitaries by glamorizing them, but Jesus did not allow any such attempt, "Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one that is God." (Mark, 10:18)

"Why callest thou me good? None is good save one, that is God." (Luke, 18:19)

In the Book containing the Act of Apostles this belief of deification is also not found. Had there been a tinge of this belief, which later became the very root of Christianity, the authors of the Synoptic Gospels would never have failed in stating it.

Therefore, it is crystal clear that dogma of the Godhood of Jesus or belief in the incarnation of Jesus Christ is an after thought, unknown to true Christians, only introduced by Paul into Christianity, When this belief was in the offing, there were people who opposed it. Stating this fact, Rev: J.F. De Groot, in his book Catholic Teaching p. 149 writes. "AThe Council of Nicaea which was the first general council after the persecutions, solemnly condemned Arius who contended that Christ was not God but a creature."

Before Arius, Paul of Samosata and Lucian opposed the dogma of Incarnation of Jesus. James Mckinon mentioned it in his book 'From Christ to Constantine.

TRINITY

Trinity as defined by Athanasian Creed is:-

"There is one person of the Father another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But Godhead' of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one....The Father is God, the Son, is God and the Holy Ghost is God and yet there are not three Gods- but one God."

This is self cotradictory. Like incarnation the doctrine of Trinity was also invented 300 years after Jesus. Not only the Synoptic Gospels but also the fourth Gospel does not contain any reference to it. The New Catholic Encyclopedia (bearing the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, indicating official approval, vol. 14, p. 299) acknowledging this fact states:-

"The formulation of one God in three persons was not solidly established into Christian life and its profession of faith prior to the end of 4th century.Butit is precisely this formulation that has first claim to the title, the Trinitarian dogma. Among the Apostolic Fathers there had been nothing even remotely approaching such a mentality or perspective."

It is, therefore, Muslims venture to say that religion of Christianity was amalgamated with Greek Paganism, and the belief of incarnation of Jesus and Trinity are the outcome of it, Which were never preached by Jesus, and as such it is very evident that Elijah Poole when deified Fard was preaching the dogma of Christianity and not Islam.