A Critique of the Passages of the Torah

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A Critique of the Passages of the Torah 

 

Christians admit there is nothing in those passages that is clear evidence of the Trinity, which the clear monotheistic passages refute. On the other hand, the readers of the Old Testament, starting from the early prophets to the children of Israel, did not understand that these passages, as Christians claim, are indications to the Trinity.    

 

Priest Potter admits that, saying, “After God created the world, and completed it by creating human beings, for some time he did not declare anything about Himself except monotheism, as mentioned in the Torah. However, there are still many signs behind this monotheism, because if you read attentively you will find sentences such as, (God’s word), (God’s wisdom), (God’s spirit). Those, to whom the Torah was sent, knew about the intended meaning only from the Gospel… as, what the Torah hinted, the Gospel declared and explained.” [1]

 

One wonders, why did Allah (S.W) conceal the Trinity from Moses (PBUH) and the Israelites? Why did He deceive them with many monotheistic passages, which made them rebel against the Trinity and deny it? Will He forgive them and others, for not finding the real meaning in these puzzles?

 

Scholars thought about the Christians’ claim, found it deceitful, unacceptable by intelligent minds, and it does not fit with the real meaning of the context. What these passages indicate are multiple gods, without specification of three or four.

 

The plurals mentioned in the Torah, (Eloheem, Let us, we descend, etc.) are for glorification, as nations are accustomed to talk of their great people using plural verbs. One may say, “we, we believe, we ordered”, meaning himself. The listener understands that he is talking about himself, and not himself and others. 

 

It is common to use plurality for glorification, even in the Holy Bible. There are many examples, such as the woman, the fortune-teller, who saw Samuel’s spirit after his death; she talked about him using the plural form. The Torah says,“When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman said to Saul, "I saw gods ascending out of the earth.” He said to her, "What is his appearance?" And she said, "An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped in a robe." And Saul knew that it was Samuel.”(Samuel (1) 28/12-14 KJV). She was talking about Samuel, and even though she saw him as an old man, she talked of him in the plural (gods). Thus plurality does not necessarily indicate multiple numbers; it means glorification.

 

When the Children of Israel worshipped the calf, it was one, which the Torah mentions as plural three times. “And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” They have made for themselves a golden calf and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it and said, 'These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”(Exodus 32/4-8)

 

This chapter continues to reassure us that using the plural means one. “So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Alas, this people have sinned a great sin. They have made for themselves gods of gold.”(Exodus 32/31)

 

Simlarly, we find this plurality in the Holy Quran, as Allah (S.W) says,“We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption).”(Holy Quran 15: 9). “We” refers to the One and Only, Allah (S.W).

 

Repeating words three times, as the angels and the animals, which John saw, cannot be evidence in any way. If we continue to use them as evidence, we will find many gods.

 

The Holy Bible mentions the word, (holy) three times twice; it also mentions it forty times as one word. This repetition is for reassurance only, as in many passages of the Gospels and the Torah.[2]

 

In one of these passages, the Jews say: “but they kept shouting, "Crucify, crucify him!”(Luke 23/21). The same also happened when Jesus (PBUH) asked Peter, he repeated it three times: “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you…He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?"…. He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?"(John 21/15-17). 

 

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[1]- “Speeches on Christianity, Mohammad Abu Zahra, pp 121”, “Christian Creeds between the Quran and Reason, Hashem Jodah, pp 129-130”

[2]- (Jeremiah 7:4, 22:29) ( Ezekiel 21:27)

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