I recently debated Pastor Samuel Green on the topic of, “An Incarnate God: Fact or Fiction”. I argued that the Incarnation of a God, in this case – Christ, was fiction using the following reasoning:
- The Jews have no concept of the hypostatic union or of theophanies in their religious literature.
- The earliest Christians debated the nature of Christ and each group ascribed their view to a disciple/ apostle.
- The earliest Christians were primarily Greek gentiles who were familiar with incarnation philosophy and theology.
- The early Church therefore read the Jewish books with a Greek philosophical and theological understanding.
- In both the Greek and Jewish cultures, men of fame and great public interest were declared to be of divine birth/ natures.
- The Greek concept of a Theophany is at odds with the Jewish belief of Shali’ah.
- The Church unfairly forced a fixed vote promoting one Bishop’s arguments for a pro-hypostatic union Christ.
- The members of the Church revolted and in 359 CE Arius’ position (ante-Nicene) was adopted.
- Athanasius’ hypostatic union/ dual natured Christ was declared a heresy under larger Ecumenical councils throughout the Christian world.
- My conclusion therefore is that an incarnate Christ as a God was a theology developed by Greek minded elements of the early Church, adopted by the Church, refuted and declared heretical by the Church and later re-adopted, thus showing it’s early development into a doctrine as opposed to something which was initially and always believed by the majority of Christians.
Pastor Samuel’s arguments were:
- The incarnation theology can be found in the Torah, Prophets and Psalms.
- Daniel 7 is an evidence of this.
You can view the debate here in its entirety:
and Allaah knows best.