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  1. 1. ByMagdy Abdalshafy
  2. 2. Christianity, as the Holy Quran stresses in manyverses, was a monotheistic religion that wasadulterated; many pagan beliefs were interpolatedin the Holy Book. These interpolations resulted inthe doctrine of Salvation through the crucifixion ofthe son-god (Jesus), a widely accepted dogma bymany Christian cults.
  3. 3. Despite the fact that many verses in the Bible •reject this belief and, moreover, it ishistorically established that this dogma alongwith many other beliefs were decided in thefirst Synod, the church deplorably still hugsthis dogma to bosoms.
  4. 4. Long before modern studies probed into thehistory of Christianity to discover Jesus wasno more than a simple man and thatpaganism was insidiously made its way intothe bible, the Holy Quran has stressed thatJesus was no more than a human.
  5. 5. The Holy Quran on the sonship of Jesus The HolyQuran says:“The Christ will never disdain to be a votary ofGod, nor will the angels close to Him. And those whodisdain to serve Him and are proud (shouldremember) that they will all go back to Him in theend. (4:172)”
  6. 6. The Holy Quran says:Verily they are unbelievers who say: "The Messiah, sonof Mary, is God." You ask them: "Who could prevailagainst God if He had chosen to destroy theMessiah, son of Mary, and his mother, and the rest ofmankind?" For Gods is the kingdom of the heavensand the earth and whatsoever lies between them. Hecreates what He please, for God has the power over allthings. (5:17)
  7. 7. The Holy Quran says:They are surely infidels who say: "God is the Christ,son of Mary." But the Christ had only said: "Ochildren of Israel, worship God who is my Lord andyour Lord." Whosoever associates a compeer withGod, will have Paradise denied to him by God, andhis abode shall be Hell; and the sinners will havenone to help them. (5:72)
  8. 8. The Holy Quran says:“The Christ, son of Mary, was but an apostle, andmany apostles had (come and) gone before him;and his mother was a woman of truth. They bothate the (same) food (as men). Behold, how Weshow men clear signs, and behold, how theywander astray! (5:75)”
  9. 9. • The Holy Quran says: “The Jews say: "Ezra is the son of God;" the Christians say: "Christ is the son of God." That is what they say with their tongues following assertions made by unbelievers before them. May they be damned by God: How perverse are they! (9:30)”
  10. 10. • The Holy Quran says: “They consider their rabbis and monks and the Christ, son of Mary, to be gods apart from God, even though they had been enjoined to worship only one God, for there is no god but He. Too holy is He for what they ascribe to Him! (9: 31)”
  11. 11. Modern Christians scholars hold a consensus thatancient paganism has changed Christianity, herewe quite some of the world thinkers whosescholarly are reliable:
  12. 12. The origin of the [Trinity] is entirely pagan." (The Paganism in Our Christianity, Arthur Weigall,as quoted in, Should you believe the Trinity?, Watchtower publication)
  13. 13. "Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it.. . . From Egypt came the ideas of a divine trinity."("Will Durant", quoted in, Should you believe theTrinity?, Watchtower booklet)
  14. 14. "Christianity had conquered paganism, andpaganism had corrupted Christianity.(Winwood Reade, Philosopher and historian, TheMartyrdom of Man, p 183-84, quoted by anti-Trinitarians)
  15. 15. Trinity "is a corruption borrowed from the heathenreligions, and ingrafted on the Christian faith." (A Dictionary of Religious Knowledge, LymanAbbott, p944, as quoted in, Should you believe theTrinity?, Watchtower publication)
  16. 16. "This sublime pronouncement of absolutemonotheism was a declaration of war against allpolytheism . . . In the same way, the Shema excludesthe trinity of the Christian creed as a violation of theUnity of God." (The Pentateuch and Haftorahs", J. H.Hertz, 1941, Vol. 1, p. 215, a rabbi)
  17. 17. If Paganism was conquered by Christianity, it is equallytrue that Christianity was corrupted by Paganism. Thepure Deism of the first Christians . . . was changed, by theChurch of Rome, into the incomprehensible dogma of thetrinity. Many of the pagan tenets, invented by theEgyptians and idealized by Plato, were retained as beingworthy of belief." (Edward Gibbons History ofChristianity, quoted in, Should you believe the Trinity?,Watchtower publication) ("History of Christianity", byEdward Gibbon, 1891, p. xvi)
  18. 18. "In the book A Statement of Reasons, Andrews Nortonsays of the Trinity: We can trace the history of thisdoctrine, and discover its source, not in the Christianrevelation, but in the Platonic philosophy . . . The Trinityis not a doctrine of Christ and his Apostles, buta fiction of the school of the later Platonists."(A Statement of Reasons, Andrews Norton, 1872, Fifthedition, American Unitarian Association, Boston, MA, p94, 104., as quoted in, Should you believe the Trinity?,Watchtower publication)
  19. 19. The doctrine of the Trinity was of gradual andcomparatively late formation; . . . it had its origin ina source entirely foreign from that of the Jewish andChristian Scriptures; . . . it grew up, and was ingraftedon Christianity, through the hands of the PlatonizingFathers." (The Church of the First Three Centuries,Alvan lamson, 1860 edition, p. 34., British and ForeignUnitarian Association, As quoted in, Should you believethe Trinity?, Watchtower publication)
  20. 20. So how then did a Trinitarian doctrine come about? Itgradually evolved and gained momentum in the latefirst, second and third centuries as pagans, who hadconverted to Christianity, brought to Christianity someof their pagan beliefs and practices. Trinitarianismthen was confirmed at Nicaea in 325 by Churchbishops out of political expediency" (Dr. Victor PaulWierwille, Arian, Leader of The WayInternational, Jesus Christ is Not God, p. 25-26)
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