188.8.131.52 Does God pray to
Now, does God pray? Let us read the Bible:
- Mark 14:32 "and he (Jesus) saith to his disciples,
Sit ye here, while I shall pray."
- Luke 3:21: "Now when all the people were baptized,
it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and
praying, the heaven was opened."
- Luke 6:12: "And it came to pass in those days,
that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued
all night in prayer to God."
- Luke 22:44 "And being in an agony he prayed more
earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of
blood falling down to the ground."
- Matthew 26:39: "And he went a little farther, and
fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it
be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not
as I will, but as thou wilt."
All of these verses do not speak of Jesus (pbuh)
"meditating," "interceding," "consorting," or "consulting,"
but PRAYING. But to whom? To Himself? To another side
of his own personality? Is Jesus not "the same essence" as
God, and all are one Trinity? If Jesus and God are not "the
same essence" then this means that there is more than one
God in existence, and thus, we have just directly opposed
verse, after verse, after explicit verse of the Bible, all
of which emphasize that there ever was, and ever shall be,
only one God.
Further, Jesus (pbuh) and his disciples are continuously
being described in the Bible as "falling on their faces and
praying" which is exactly the way Muslims pray today (see
section 5.6). They pray the way Jesus (pbuh) did. Have you
ever seen a Christian "fall on his face" and pray to God as
Jesus (pbuh), Muhammad (pbuh), and all Muslims do?
Mr. Tom Harpur says:
"In fact, unless we are prepared to believe that his
prayer-dependence on God was nothing more than a sham for
our edification, a mere act to set us a good example, it is
impossible to cling to the orthodox teaching that Jesus was
really God Himself walking about in human form, the Second
Person of the Trinity. The concept of God praying - let
alone praying to Himself - is incomprehensible to me. To say
that it was simply the human side of Jesus talking to God
the Father (rather than his own divine nature as Son of God)
is to posit a kind of schizophrenia that is incompatible
with any belief in Jesus' full humanity"
For Christ's Sake, pp. 42-43.
Think about it, when we are told that Jesus was in the
garden earnestly begging and pleading with God to please,
please save him saying "let this cup pass from me" and "My
God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" etc., then:
- Was this all just a stage play for our benefit?
- If not, then since there is only ONE God, and Jesus
and God are ONE God, then was Jesus praying to
God has given us the answer in the Qur'an over 1400 years
ago. He says:
"And from those who said: "We are Christians," We took
their covenant, but they forgot a good part of the message
which was sent to them. Therefore We have stirred up enmity
and hatred among them till the Day of Resurrection, and
Allah will inform them of what they used to do. O people of
the Scripture! Now has Our messenger (Muhammad) come to you,
explaining to you much of that which you used to hide in the
Scripture, and forgiving much. Indeed, there has come to you
a light from Allah and a plain Scripture. Wherewith Allah
guides him who seeks His good pleasure unto paths of peace.
He brings them out of darkness by His will into light, and
guides them to a straight path. They indeed have disbelieved
who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. Say : Who
then has the least power against Allah, if He had willed to
destroy the Messiah son of Mary, and his mother and everyone
on earth? And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens
and the earth and all that is between them. He creates what
He will. And Allah is Able to do all things. The Jews and
Christians say: We are sons of Allah and His loved ones.
Say; Why then does He punish you for your sins? No, you are
but mortals of His creating. He forgives whom He will, and
punishes whom He will. And to Allah belongs the dominion of
the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, and
unto Him is the return (of all). O people of the Scripture!
Now has Our messenger (Muhammad) come unto you to make
things plain after a break in (the series of) the
messengers, lest you should say: There came not unto us a
messenger of cheer nor any Warner. Now has a messenger of
cheer and a Warner come unto you. And Allah is Able to do
The noble Qur'an, Al-Maidah(5):14-19