By Eusebio Tanicala, Ph.D.
Mike Hildreth of Texas sent me a voice recording of a debate between Mr. Hutto (Bible believer) and El Dareer (Qur’an advocate) on the proposition: Jesus Christ is the Son of God. So far I’ve listened to the first affirmative presentation of Mr. Hutto.
Muslim friends believe that Jesus is the Messiah, but they deny that he is the Son of God. Jesus is not the begotten Son of God they say. Muslims, however, teach that Jesus of Nazareth is a son of God in the same way true believers are sons of God. Muslim’s idea of the term “begotten” is physical. The true God could not be physical and could not have carnal knowledge with the Virgin Mary.
Muslims have not been sufficiently oriented on the meaning of “begotten” as used in the first century. “Begotten” (monogenes in the Greek text) means “special” or “unique” as applied in the case of Jesus. See Thayer’s Greek English Lexicon, page 417. Why is Jesus Christ’s Sonship a unique one? Because Christ is the Logos who became flesh. See John 1:14. No other person has ever had that nature: the mysterious fusing of deity and humanity to bring about the reconciliation of man to his God.
Muslim teachers consider King David as a prophet. Among Christians, King David is a type of the Messiah and King David is called “begotten” and “firstborn.” See Psalm 2:7 and 89:27. Yet Muslims don’t deny that the terms “begotten” is applied to King David. So begotten does not necessarily mean physical birth. Not the begetting and sonship as used in 1 Chronicles 1 & 2.
Mr. Hutto’s first affirmative presentation submitted his first verses from Peter’s Epistle and the Book of Revelation. This approach is weak because these two books in the Bible are not recognized by Islam. Such approach is like debating advocates of Darwinian evolution by using Bible verses. I suggest that when you discuss the Sonship of Jesus your proofs should be lifted out from the Gospel record because the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, says the Gospel is a true message of God. You may check up Surah 3:3; Surah 16:43; Surah 29:27; Surah 12:111; Surah 29:46, 47; Surah 6:115.
The Gospel record amply proves that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Read Luke 1:26-35. Notice that the Angel Gabriel is the messenger and Angel Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary that the one who will be born is “Son of the Highest” “Holy One” and “Son of God.” On the other hand, please note that the claim of Muhammad is that the Angel Gabriel was the one who revealed/inspired him to recite words which became the Qur’an. There are other passages from the Gospel Record stating that Jesus is the Son of God.
In a Q & A or interpolation I suggest that the following be asked:
- Your Qur’an recognizes the Gospel as God’s message, are you aware that there are gospel passages declaring that Jesus the Messiah is the Son of God?
- Your Qur’an recognizes the Gospel as God’s message, do you want to reject what your Qur’an teaches you that the Gospel is a revelation from God?
- In Luke 1:26, 32, 35 the Angel Gabriel clearly declares that the son of the Virgin Mary is called “Son of the Highest” “Holy One” and “Son of God” do you want to reject the testimony of Angel Gabriel?
- Do you want to reject a testimony of the Gospel which your Qur’an says is a message of God?
- Are you aware that in the Gospel as recorded by Luke, Angel Gabriel said that Jesus is called “Son of God” and “Son of the Highest” and are you aware that your Qur’an as revealed by Angel Gabriel to Muhammad rejects the Sonship of Jesus Christ, which Angel Gabriel is telling the truth?
- Because there’s a contradiction assigned to the Angel Gabriel, which is more likely the one that makes the contradiction: the first declaration or the second declaration?
I hope that this short article provides some understanding about the Sonship of Jesus.