For those of you who are interested, please do take the time to work through the latest drivel from the Archbishop of Canterbury, this time his Address at al-Azhar al-Sharif, Cairo.
I say ‘drivel’, because he has, in his eagerness to tell Islam that we really believe in the same God, lapsed into both Modalism and Adoptionism.
Just read it. It’s a staggering denial of the person of God.
He quotes this from the Qu’ran:
‘He is God the One,
God the eternal.
He fathered no one nor was he fathered.
No one is comparable to Him.’ (al ’Ikhlaas 1-4)
And then seeks to argue that there is no base incompatability between this (from Surah 112) and the doctrine of the Trinity.
But Surah 112 was written in order to deny that doctrine, it actually uses the term “begat” and “begotten”.
Please, Dr Williams, decide once and for all; do you love the Lord Jesus Christ enough to claim that Islam is wrong? – and there would be nothing rude in doing so. I have had some illuminating discussions with Muslims over this very issue, both of us agreeing on what we disagree on.
Or is the person of the Son less important to you than not offending people?
1 John 2:23 No one who denies the Son has the Father.
Islam denies the Son and, therefore, Muslims do not have the Father.
Williams better decide if he has the Father, because to side with Surah 112 is to place yourself on the wrong side of the Apostle John’s warning. And it is a fearful thing…