Master vs. Father
12 January 2014
If you have read both the New Testament and the Qur'an, it will be obvious to you that there is absolutely no way that Allah, the god of the Qur'an, and Yahweh, the God of the Bible, the God of Israel, the Father of Yeshua (Isa, Jesus), can in fact be the same God. I have already written a few articles on this topic: Muslim Orphans (I encourage you to read it in its entirety) I examined what Islam teaches about Allah being a Father:
As I explained in Muslim Orphans, it's obvious that God is called our Father because, as God, He created us, and we are His spiritual children, not because He procreated us as a human male would. But still, Islam denies even the spiritual fatherhood of Allah. It is significant that out of the 99 names of Allah, not a single one is "Father."
As we have seen from my recent book reviews of I Dared to Call Him Father and The Torn Veil, when these two women discovered that God, the creator of the universe, was also their Heavenly Father, this revelation astonished and delighted them deeply. And this reality filled a profound inner emptiness in their hearts.
While we in the West, with a culture built upon Christian principles, may take this concept for granted, and think that it's no big deal, Muslims have no such tradition in their ideology. Such a thought — that Allah is their Father — is shocking to them. In fact, the Qur'an actually teaches AGAINST such an idea. The Qur'an uses the word "father" more than 100 times, but NEVER ONCE does it refer to Allah. But the Qur'an does contain 12 warnings against the concept that Allah has begotten a son, which is intrinsically tied to the concept of Allah as Father. You can read the verses for yourself:
It is a derogation from the glory of Allah — in fact it is a blasphemy — to say that Allah begets sons, like a man or an animal does. The Christian doctrine is here emphatically repudiated.... A first step towards the understanding of Allah's attributes is to clear our mind from superstitions, such as that Allah begot a son.... false ideas of Allah degrade religion in supposing that Allah begot a son.... The belief in Allah begetting a son is not a question of words or of speculative thought. It is a stupendous blasphemy against Allah.... It is destructive of all moral and spiritual order, and is condemned in the strongest possible terms.... This verse refers to the Trinitarian superstition that Allah has begotten a son.... All such superstitions are derogatory to the glory of Allah.... To suppose that Allah has a son ... is to have a low idea of Allah.... This verse negates the Christian idea of the godhead, "the Father", "the only-begotten Son", etc.
Contrast that with the teaching Yeshua brought when He lived upon the earth. He constantly referred to Yahweh God as the Father. And not only did He refer to God as HIS Father, but he often taught that God was equally the Father of all of His followers. As I wrote in my Brian's Bits article The Really Awesome News!
Under the Old Covenant, even though God had declared Himself a Father (Deuteronomy 32:6; Isaiah 63:16; Isaiah 64:8; Hosea 11:1-4), the people were not able to relate to Him as such, but only as their Master. They saw themselves as servants or slaves rather than children.This is extremely awesome news indeed! But unfortunately for Muslims, it is NOT the good news they get in Islam. Instead of a loving Heavenly Father, Islam presents a harsh Allah who demands unconditional and unquestioning obedience to his every command and whim. Deep in the heart of every Muslim is the heart of an orphan, crying out for his lost Father, who, according to the Qur'an, is NOT Allah. No wonder Muslims relate to Allah as a Master rather than a Father.
"How gladly would I treat you like My children and give you a pleasant land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation. I thought you would call Me "Father" and not turn away from following Me. But like a woman unfaithful to her husband, so you, Israel, have been unfaithful to Me," declares Yahweh. (Jeremiah 3:19-20)God was a Father to the nation as a whole, but not to the individual — with perhaps the exception of Solomon, of whom God said, "Solomon your son is the one who will build My house and My courts, for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his Father." (1 Chronicles 28:6)
But under the New Covenant, relating to God as our Heavenly Father is one of the central themes of the all the New Testament writings. God the Father loves us with the same love that He has for Yeshua. We can pray directly to the Father without having to go through the Son. The Father has a glorious eternal inheritance for each of His children.
Yeshua said, "In the future you will ask in My name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God." (John 16:26-27)
Yeshua prayed, "I have given them the glory You, Father, gave Me, so they may be one as We are one. I am in them and You are in Me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent Me and that You love them as much as You love Me. (John 17:22-23)
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! We know that when Messiah appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (1 John 3:1a,2b)
May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light. For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. (Colossians 1:11b-14)
Of course, even in the New Testament, God is presented as the Master who requires our obedience. But it's the obedience of a child, not the obedience of a mere slave — and that is a HUGE difference! However, sometimes that difference is not so apparent on the outside. As the Apostle Paul wrote:
In human affairs, the son who will receive his father's property is treated just like a slave while he is young, even though he really owns everything. While he is young, there are guardians and trustees who take care of him and manage his affairs until the time set by his father. In the same way, we too were slaves of the ruling spirits of the universe before we reached spiritual maturity. But when the right time finally came, God sent his own Son. He came as the son of a human mother and lived under the Jewish Law, to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might become God's children.As I wrote in my Brian's Bits article Not Reigning Yet, it's not until Yeshua returns to earth at the end of this present age that we will reach our full spiritual maturity, and that both Yeshua and we His followers will together receive the inheritance the Father has planned for us. Until then, even though we are His children, it can sometimes feel that we are no different than slaves, as Paul explained above. But because we have the Spirit of adoption in our hearts, we can call God "Father" and obey Him out of love as children, and not out of fear as slaves.
Now that we are His children, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who cries out, "Abba, Father." So then, you are no longer a slave but a child. And since you are His child, God will give you the inheritance He has for His children.
In the past you did not know God, and so you were slaves of beings who are not gods at all. But now that you know God — or, I should say, now that God knows you — how is it that you want to turn back to those weak and pitiful ruling spirits? Why do you want to become their slaves all over again? You pay special attention to certain days, months, seasons, and years. I am worried about you! Can it be that all my work for you has been for nothing? (Galatians 4:1-11)
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption as children. And by Him we say, "Abba, Father." (Romans 8:15)Yeshua promised to remain with us by His Spirit, so that we would not be Fatherless: "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." (John 14:18) But for Muslims, who have rejected both the Father and the Son (1 John 2:22-23), all they are left with is the harsh, demanding, non-father Allah. As Paul wrote, they are slaves to a spirit which is not a god at all. That is very horrible news indeed!
So which God do you want to submit to and serve? The Master, Allah, who treats you like his slave, or the Father, Yahweh, who treats you like His child? Master Allah who demands unconditional and unquestioning obedience, or Father Yahweh who, although He does require unconditional obedience, is also willing to talk to us as a Father:
"Come now, and let us reason together," says Yahweh. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as white as wool." (Isaiah 1:18)This is why Yahweh came to earth in the human form of Yeshua, that He might offer His own red blood as an atonement for our many scarlet sins, so that our hearts and lives can be redeemed and made as pure and white as snow. Will you turn to Him and receive His free gift of salvation, that you might become His eternal child? The choice is yours.