Seated round a table, we were three ladies and three guys at a house warming party of a good friend. Discussions ranged from girls’ tittle-tattle, concessional parleys, blusters to articles of faith. “Can
you imagine some people believing in triune creators?” Kudirat asked. “Well anyone is entitled to his thoughts,” Fasusi opined. “Or her thoughts,” Lola made a case for the womenfolk. “How can’t myths thrive in the mental voyages embarked by humanity,” Kudirat pressed on. “What is wrong with the conceptualization of the Trinity?” I asked. “Yes, I’ve drawn you out of your shell, I thought you won’t say a thing this evening H.O…” K (is what we fondly call Kudirat) continued, “How do you justify what your Bible doesn’t have of the millions of words constituting it.” All eyes turned on H.O. to open up once again to accept a biblical challenge.
H.O.: Yes, you’re right about the Bible in not having ‘Trinity’ as one of vocabularies that all together make up the Bible.
K: Uh, huh! So, where did you pluck it, if not from the mythically induced imagination of mental perambulation? Another entry from a long, fairy-tale list.
H.O.: The Bible is not a book you pick, read and expect an understanding from the grammar of the English version. You need to be able to read in between the lines of scripture. You know how that for anyone to understand any play of Shakespeare as you read from a page you’ll have to be checking from the next page, of the coded meanings of certain words? The concept of the Trinity is right there in the Bible, in fact, from the very first three verses of the Old Testament.
K: Hun! H.O. I know you’ve told your first lie, today, just to patch up your ecclesiastic deficiency. You’re already getting me livid with anger!
H.O.: “In the beginning, God created…” Genesis 1:1; verse two, “…And the Spirit of God moved…;” third verse, “And God said, let there be light.”
K: Good, now let’s see how you are going to conjure out t-r-i-n-i-t-y from those verses. No wonder God got angry with you Christians that HE had to commission prophet Mohammed (s.a.w) to preach the lost truth of one Allah!
H.O.: In the lingual Hebrew, ‘God,’ in verse one of Genesis chapter one, is Elohiym. K, it may interest you to know that Elohiym is a Hebraic plural word.
K: But…but we all know that Yoruba people address an elderly one as if talking to many people and…
H.O.: Hold it, the Hebrews do not have such linguistic custom, go and check it out. That’s the argument of one Jehovah’s Witness woman too, when I pointed this out. So, the KJV literal rendition should be, “In the beginning the Gods created…” but the truth is that Hebrews have one God. Pantheism will be implied should plurality be scripted, hence, the singularity is the perfect translation. Verse two gives an intimation of the Spirit of God, and that is another Personage, a Divine Entity. When verse three speaks of light, is it that of the illuminant rays of the sun? No.
This light is another Personage which if you should read between the lines and further on in John 1:4, you will see Him as the Creator. This Light is Christ. Are the Three not complete?
K: You’ve only succeeded in proving only two: Spirit and Christ. Where is the supposedly Father?
H.O.: Verse three says, “And God said,” and here, the Father is the One who speaks on behalf of the Trinity in creationism.
Lola: So anytime one sees ‘God’ in the Bible it means Elohiym, right, and does that mean the Hebrews do not have a singular word for God?
H.O.: No. HE goes by many designations. You just have to study the Bible to know these things. The singular name for Elohiym is Elohha. Elohha appears fifty-six times in the Bible. Five times it is in connection with an idol and for the whole 51 times it designates Jehovah, the true God.
K: This is interesting. You go to church only to worship three Gods. Do your Gods enjoy the competition?
H.O.: Your Islam teaches from Qur’an that jihad involvement earns Muslims aljana (heaven), where some will get as many as forty wives according to the number of non-Muslims they’re able to slaughter in jihads. Tell me, K, how many husbands will you have as your prize for successfully killing, all heathen, sixty thousand spectators in a stadium? Your Qur’an forbids you to be friends with a born again Christian like me. Qur’an 3:118, “O ye who believe! Take not for intimates others than your own folk, who would spare no pains to ruin you; they love to hamper you. Hatred is revealed by (the utterance of) their mouths, but that which their breasts hide is greater. We have made plain for you the revelations if ye will understand.” Chapter 3 verse 195, “And their Lord hath heard them (and He saith): Lo! I suffer not the work of any worker, male or female, to be lost. Ye proceed one from another. So those who fled and were driven forth from their homes and suffered damage for My cause, and fought and were slain, verily I shall remit their evil deeds from them and verily I shall bring them into Gardens underneath which rivers flow – A reward from Allah. And with Allah is the fairest of rewards.” The second chapter of Qur’an i.e. Al– Baqara verse 105, “Neither those who disbelieve among the people of the Scripture nor the idolaters love that there should be sent down unto you any good thing from your Lord. But Allah chooseth for His mercy whom He will, and Allah is of Infinite Bounty.” Do you know who the people of the Scripture are? Christians! Read also, the entire At–Tawba, i.e. the ninth chapter of the Qur’an.
K & Lola: That’s not true! (they cried in unison).
H.O.: You attack the Christian Bible ignorantly, meanwhile your own sacred book you know nothing about. The Qur’an does not treat the sin question (and that should be worrisome, if you hunger for heaven). Read An-Nisa (4) verse 80, “Whoso obeyeth the messenger hath obeyed Allah, and whoso turneth away: We have not sent thee as a warder over them”. This is saying that Christians are disobedient to God. Go to the 88th verse, “What aileth you that ye are become two parties regarding the hypocrites, when Allah cast them back (to disbelief) because of what they earned? Seek ye to guide him whom Allah hath sent astray? He whom Allah sendeth astray, for him thou (O MUhammad) canst not find a road”. The God of the Bible never leads any astray. In the same 4th chapter of the 89th verse is this, “They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them”, where Allah, through Mohammed tells Muslims never to befriend Christians. The 91st verse is why a good Muslim will see Christians as those who should be wiped out, it reads, “Ye will find others who desire that they should have security from you, and security from their own folk. So often as they are returned to hostility they are plunged therein. If they keep not aloof from you nor offer you peace nor hold their hands, then take them and kill them wherever ye find them. Against such We have given you clear warrant”.
The Bible (and only the Bible) treats the sin question and it is one of the reasons we have the Trinity. (to be continued)
Read the concluding Part Two here.