If Allah is so powerful, why can’t He become a man?

Calling Christians

At first glance, this seems like a pretty strong argument. God in both Christianity and Islam is defined to be all powerful. So if God is all powerful, why does Christianity say He can become a man and Islam say He cannot? The Christian’s argument does not include a deep study on the nature of God and due to this, it is very simple to debunk this argument.

Defining God

Both Muslims and Christians believe that God is an all powerful being.

God’s Nature is Absolute

Both Muslims and Christians believe that God’s nature does not change, He was all powerful, is all powerful and will always be all powerful.

Man’s Nature Differs 

Both Muslims and Christians believe that mankind is not all powerful.

Muslim Response

If God is all powerful and man is not all powerful, can God’s nature of being all powerful, change to becoming not all…

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  1. Surah 39:4 – If Allah had intended to take a son, He could have chosen from what He creates whatever He willed. Exalted is He; He is Allah , the One, the Prevailing.

    My question is, if Allah had a son (which the Quran mentions is possible, he just chooses not to), what would the nature of his son be? What would Allah’s son inherit from Allah? Would he not inherit the spiritual qualities of Allah such as love, wisdom, power (to also do miracles) and more?

    Well that’s how it’s described in the NT particularly in Colossians.
    Colossians 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God…19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him…

    Colossians 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form

    Since God is not a physical, material being then these things are spiritual in nature. Something which can be contained in a human being, as spiritual qualities can not be measured by physical means such as the way we measure height or space.

    Likewise I’d argue that if God were to become a man these things would still apply, especially since He is omnipresent and can therefore be present in more than one place at a time. However as you know from my past comment, I do not argue much for these points because I don’t think there is enough proof in scripture to suggest He did become a man. However there is sufficient evidence that it is possible for God to have a son (even if just by declaration), and for that son to be divine and contain the essence or spiritual nature of God.

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  2. Marvin,

    What Qur’an 39:4 is saying is that it is not for God to have a literal son, that even if He were to take a son he must be a adopted (‘chosen’ not ‘begotten’) from His creatures (‘from what He creates’).

    So, the nature of the chosen son, If God were to take one, would be the nature of a creature. And thus He would never literally inherit anything from the Creator.

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  3. Interesting Husain, that is another way of interpreting the verse that I didn’t really think about. Now it’s just a matter of knowing how it were truly meant to be interpreted which I guess isn’t easy but anyway thanks for letting me know

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  4. Thanks, Mr. Marvin

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