I believe Christians and Muslims have a different understanding on what God is capable of.
I thank you for clarifying to me the Muslim perspective on this.
]…the concept of a deity which it sets forth is so dazzling that we are intellectually blinded by it. It is like looking at the sun with the naked eye: we are so dazed by its brilliance that we learn nothing about it…
**The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made anything from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, and of old before the earth was made. The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived . . . " (Proverbs 8:22) **
My dad told me to read the Gospel of John 1:1.
En arche en ho logos, kai ho logos en pros ton theon, kai theos en ho logos,
“In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God” (John 1:1).
I think if I read this passage from John together with the Proverbs passage you mentioned, it helps me understand that God, being All-Knowing and All-Powerful is can do anything…such as His Thought and Word that was present even before anything else existed can be manifested in human form, through Jesus.
Is the reason why we call Jesus, the “Word made Flesh”?
I agree that the concept of “God made Man” is hard to understand—but it helps to know that God is able to do many things beyond our comprehension, as you say, “we are so dazed by its brilliance that we learn nothing about it”.
It is humbiling to realize that God who is All-Good, All-Knowing, All-Powerful is also All-Loving and that He choose to give Himself as the “perfect sacrifice” for the salvation of mankind.
]And yes God is spirit, not matter. So when discussing Jesus as man a further distinction must be made to explain that Jesus is one person (2nd person of the trinity possessing the one divine nature) who took upon himself a human nature, and thus is one person with two natures.
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are Three Persons from One Divine Nature.
This is indeed hard to understand for a non-Christian and hard to explain by a Christian to a non-Christian.
In my understanding, I suppose, it is like I am daughter, at the same time a friend and at the same time a student…and all of these things are ME —of course this explanation of mine is nothing close to describing majesty and beauty of what the Trinity is.
God, being all All-Powerful can manifest Himself in Three Persons while having only One Divine Nature.
]It is difficult to explain the Trinity because it is trying explain God Who is beyond our comprehension. We can never fully understand God because He is infinite. All we can understand is what God has revealed to us about Himself and that is Trinity.
The Bible shows the Trinity in many places. It shows that Jesus is God. It shows the Holy Spirit is God. The Bible tells us that God is One. It also shows us that there are 3 persons. So the only conclusion is one God in three Persons. I could cite Scriptural passages in support of all of this but don’t have ready access to them at this moment.
It is hard to understand the Trinity, for a non-Christian (and for that matter, also for a non-serious Christian) because it requires faith and the belief that God can do anything He Wishes–including manifesting Himself as Man for the salvation of the world.
The way I see it, Jesus, is the the manifestation of God that shows how much we are loved by our All-Loving God.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in Jesus shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16