More from Jalal Abualrub
April 5, 2008 Leave a comment
Brother Jalal Abualrub has posted a couple of new articles to his site, both polemics against Sam Shamoun of the Answering-Islam site. The first is titled, The Unchangeability of a God Who Needed to be Changed!, which touches on some of the contradictions inherent in some of Shamoun’s words regarding God’s essence. The second is titled, Modalism or Moodalism!, touches on another Christian concept regarding God’s essence called modalism. Both articles are pretty good reads. Here are a couple of excerpts:
From the first article:
Sam Shamoun wrote:
God’s unchangeability … is referring to God’s essence, his attributes, his purpose, his decrees … The Lord Jesus is God’s eternal Word who became flesh, who became a real human being … Scriptures also teach that Christ is fully God in nature, having all the essential attributes of Deity … Jesus didn’t relinquish his Deity … to become man, but retained his divine nature since he can never cease being God … At Christ’s Incarnation, there wasn’t a subtraction of his Deity, but an addition of humanity.
Jalal Abualrub wrote: Did Prophets Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, or Jesus ever utter such words? This argument truly supports the idea that God changes in various ways. This argument has no basis in the Scriptures. Shamoun says that “unchangeability … is referring to God’s essence, his attributes, his purpose, his decrees”. He then says that Jesus became flesh, became a real human being. What does become entail?
The Encarta World English Dictionary, N. American Edition, gives this definition for become: “…to change or develop into something.”
And from the second:
Sorry, one more amazing Christian terminology that needs volumes to explain, after which one may still surely understand none of it!
Modalism: A cluster of Trinitarian heresies of the second and third centuries claiming that there is only one person in God, but that this one person manifests himself in three different ways or modes, e.g., as creator (Father), redeemer (Son), and sanctifier (Holy Spirit); (http://www.catholicculture.org/library/dictionary/index.cfm?id=34921)
Moodalism: A cluster of Trinitarian heresies invented in the 4th century claiming that God is one in three and three ins one; One God unit manifested in three different personalities, three different roles, three different names, three different experiences: the Father, the son and the Holy Ghost; all for one and one for all, depending on the mood of the Christian who is explaining Trinity that is (Jalal Abualrub).
Mockerism: Allah said, “The son of Adam tells a lie against me though he has no right to do so, and he abuses Me though he has no right to do so. As for his telling a lie against Me, he claims that I cannot recreate him as I created him before; as for his abusing Me, it is his statement that I have offspring. No! Glorified be Me! I Am far from taking a wife or offspring.” (Bukhari)
Read on … Modalism or Moodalism!