I am a Muslim and I heard that Christians believe in three gods. Is that true?
The Bible tells clearly, that there is only one God. In Deuteronomy 6: 4 we read: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD”. Jesus confirms this in the Indjil, the New Testament. Mark 12:2 says: “Jesus answered him: the first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord”. So, both Muslims, Jews and Christians confess there is only one God.
Plurality in God
But why do Christians then speak about the Trinity?
Christians believe, that there is one God, who has revealed Himself in three persons. As our Father in heaven, as our Saviour Jesus, the Son, and as the Holy Spirit, who lives in the believer.
In Genesis 1:26 God says: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” So at creation we already learn there is a plurality within the one God. Let us look in Genesis 1: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Here we see: God created. And the Spirit of God moved upon the waters. But not only the Spirit was involved in creation. To create the world, God spoke a Word. In Hebrews 1 we read, that God now has “spoken unto us by His Son by whom also he made the worlds”.
Word of God in the flesh
Did God create the worlds by His Son? How can that be?
In John 1:1, 14 we read about that Word of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory. The glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus is the Word of God in the flesh.
We read about Jesus, that He is one with the Father in glory. But there is the moment, that Jesus puts aside all the heavenly glory to come to earth to save mankind, you and me. Jesus sacrificed so much out of love for you and me. He carried the punishment for our sins. He opened the door to heaven. And He says in John 14: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” He invites you to believe in Him, put your trust in Him. And He promised: “I will pray the Father. And He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth. He dwells with you and will be in you.”
Christians believe in one God: glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Also read: Who are ‘the sons of God’ in Genesis 6?