By Zia H Shah MD
King David sings praises of God and glorifies Him in Psalm after Psalm, without knowing anything about Jesus Christ, as he preceded him by almost seven centuries. Are we to believe that King and the Prophet David had very limited or incomplete understanding of God? I think not!
According to the Old Testament, God says, “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it.” (Isa. 45:12) And again, “Do we not all have one Father? Has not one God created us?” (Mal. 2:10)
Trinity is a Christian doctrine, that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three complete and separate Gods and are yet one at the same time. It is a fundamentally absurd thought that finds no mention in Torah or the Old Testament. Unlike the precise description of Monotheism, in the Holy Quran, the Doctrine of Trinity is not even mentioned even in the New Testament. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “Neither the word Trinity nor the explicit doctrine appears in the New Testament.”
Since the time of the Prophet Abrahamas, Isaacas and Jacobas (Israel), the Jewish people and their literature talks about monotheism. Monotheism is not a matter of mathematics, of opting for the number one as against other numbers, but the conscious choice of a person or group committing himself or themselves to one god rather than to any other ones and putting their faith in that one god; Joshua proclaims: “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15). The early Jewish people lived this concept day in and day out. So it is a very striking consensus and continuity that they did no know of three gods. Old Testament also says, “I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another. Nor My praise to carved images.” (Bible, Isa 42:8)
“The depth of Jewish feeling about monotheism was formed by centuries of experience. As long as the nation had clung to its central conviction about the One God, it had prospered. Terrible suffering had been the penalty for any defection into polytheism. The result was that the celebrated “Hear, Oh Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord” (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29), defining Israel’s national creed, was spoken by every pious Israelite throughout his life and in the hour of death.
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The Featured picture is of a model of Solomon’ Temple. Solomon was son of King David.
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