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2- The Son of God

What about Jesus calling himself "son of God" and calling God "his father"?

The term "son of God" is a translation of a Hebrew expression for honoring and tribute, not to meant to be taken literally. This term can be directed, in the Hebrew vernacular, to a prophet sent by God, or a righteous person close to God.

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Rather, "Father" in the original context of the Hebrew Bible refers to God the Merciful Lord, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds. There is no real fatherhood with God, nor a physical kinship between Him and Jesus or any Prophet or person. It does not befit the Divinity and the Majesty of God that he should beget or sire a son.

 

God is not a father of any creature and one must be careful not to degrade His Essence, which is eternal and divine, by describing him with a mortal and earthly attribute, such as "father" – even though a person may not intend it literally.

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Surely, the literal meaning of the terms "son of God" or "as God" or "god", when addressing a human in the Hebrew language, was never meant to be taken literally, but the figurative meaning. It is something unbelievable when one insists on calling Jesus the "son of God" and understanding it in a literal sense, while Jesus himself already clarified the true intended meaning of the term "son of God" when he addressed it to himself, and the term "god" when addressed to a human

 

So, the terminology of 'son of God' was permitted before Muhammad (God rest his soul).

 

However, no one ever took the term 'son of God' literally - not even about Jesus. How anyone could read about his conception in the gospels and infer from it that Christians believed Jesus had been 'physically sired' by a Allaah is incomprehensible. All terms are symbolic, as Allaah is beyond us.

 

 

"God is not a father of any creature and one must be careful not to degrade His Essence, which is eternal and divine, by describing him with a mortal and earthly attribute, such as "father" – even though a person may not intend it literally." We say Allaah sees us, but he has no 'mortal and earthly attribute' as an eye; we say he speaks, but he has no 'mortal and earthly attribute' as a mouth. So too here, there is no fundamental difference, except that Allaah wanted to be extra careful with the pagan Arabs.

 

Also, Allaah is described like our heavenly Parent in this episode of the Life of Muhammad (God rest his soul):

 

Narrated Jabir bin 'Abd Allah: "We were with the Prophet when a Companion brought in a fledgling which he had caught, and one of the parent birds came and threw itself into the hands of him who had taken its young.

 

I saw men's faces full of wonderment, and the Prophet said:

'Do ye wonder at this bird? Ye have taken its young, and it hath thrown itself down in merciful tenderness unto its young. Yet I swear by God, your Lord is more merciful unto you than is this bird unto its fledgling.'

 

And he told the man to put back the young bird where he had found it."

 

(Martin Lings-convert name Abu Bakr Siraj Ad-Din-, "Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources", p. 208)

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Richard

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