Friday, October 23, 2009

On the nature and name of the Triune God

On challenges from a decent Muslim to the nature and name of the Triune God:
As to "how often he is referred to as 'YHWH' in the Bible?"

Almost 6700 times.
It's hard to find anything in the Bible about the 'Holy Spirit.'
That's funny, because "Holy Spirit" is found in 92 verses, and "Spirit of God" turns up in 26:

Psalms 51:11; Isaiah 63:10,11; Matthew 1:18,20; 3:11; 12:32; 28:19; Mark 1:8; 3:29; 12:36; 13:11; Luke 1:15,35,41,67; 2:25,26; 3:16,22; 4:1; 10:21; 11:13; 12:10,12; John 1:33; 14:26; 20:22; Acts 1:2,5,8,16; 2:4,33,38; 4:8,25,31; 5:3,32; 6:5; 7:51,55; 8:15,17,19; 9:17,31; 10:38,44,45,47; 11:15,16,24; 13:2,4,9,52; 15:8,28; 16:6; 19:2,6; 20:23,28; 21:11; 28:25; Romans 5:5; 9:1; 14:17; 15:13,16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:3; 2 Corinthians 6:6; 13:14; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 1:5,6; 4:8; 2 Timothy 1:14; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 2:4; 3:7; 6:4; 9:8; 10:15; 1 Peter 1:12; 2 Peter 1:21; Jude 1:20

and

Genesis 1:2; 41:38; Exodus 31:3; 35:31; Numbers 24:2; 1 Samuel 10:10; 11:6; 19:20,23; 2 Chronicles 15:1; 24:20; Job 27:3; 33:4; Ezekiel 11:24; Matthew 3:16; 12:28; Romans 8:9,14; 15:19; 1 Corinthians 2:11,14; 7:40; 12:3; Ephesians 4:30; Philippians 3:3; 1 John 4:2

And no, "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit" are the direct words of Christ:

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit . . ." (Matthew 28:19).
"We believe that Christ (Isa) was a prophet, not the Son of God. But again, that's just an opinion."
Jesus called Himself the "Son of God" and, "I AM," the name by which YHWH revealed Himself to Moses.
Every Surah in the Koran starts with "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful." Sometimes it's translated as "Most Merciful, Most Compassionate."
Sura 9 does not.

Of the rest, several contain the commands for violence against non-Muslims, apostates, and women; Suras 4,5, and 8 come immediately to mind

In the ESV, NIV, and King James (at least; I haven't looked at other translations), YHWH in the Old Testament is translated into English as "The LORD." In the New Testament, which was written in Greek, rather than use "YHWH," the authors used Kurios, which is also translated "LORD" (all caps).