Believing that Jesus is God is the sine qua non of Christianity.
What does this mean?
It means that if you don't believe Jesus is God, you ain't Christian, and only Christians go to heaven.
This was what Christians were told in pre-Enlightenment days. If you questioned this, you will find yourself falling foul of the Blasphemy Act 1697.
It made it an offence for any person, educated in or having made profession of the Christian religion, by writing, preaching, teaching or advised speaking, to deny the Holy Trinity, to claim there is more than one god, to deny the truth of Christianity and to deny the Bible as divine authority.
The first offence resulted in being rendered incapable of holding any office or place of trust. The second offence resulted in being rendered incapable of bringing any action, of being guardian or executor, or of taking a legacy or deed of gift, and three years imprisonment without bail.
That Jesus is the Son of God who was also God the Father who sacrificed his only son to take away our sins was the best spin his apostles could put on Jesus being a crucified revolutionary.
You would have thought that Christians would find Islam a more attractive and rational faith, but they just like the Jews preferred to ignore the Koranic injunction not to continue just as their ancestors did, just because their ancestors did it.
YUSUFALI: When it is said to them: "Follow what Allah hath revealed:" They say: "Nay! we shall follow the ways of our fathers." What! even though their fathers Were void of wisdom and guidance?
PICKTHAL: And when it is said unto them: Follow that which Allah hath revealed, they say: We follow that wherein we found our fathers. What! Even though their fathers were wholly unintelligent and had no guidance?
SHAKIR: And when it is said to them, Follow what Allah has revealed, they say: Nay! we follow what we found our fathers upon. What! and though their fathers had no sense at all, nor did they follow the right way.
The purpose of the Trinity is clear, at least to me. It was a conceit propagated by Christians who wanted to feel special and better than Jews. In more totalitarian, credulous and obedient times, it was easy to keep this belief going, but not in the 21st century.
Christianity has therefore under threat since the Enlightenment. Islam however does not require us to believe in an absurdity, only in what we would like to believe in anyway ie that we could have a personal God who is omnipotent and morally perfect. By merely wishing for His existence and behaving as if we believed in Him by obeying His laws because we want to be good, mere mortals can by doing this bring God into existence as well as heaven to reward ourselves and those whom we love, and hell to punish our enemies..
What's not to like?
Shakespeare realised the profound irony of God being conjured out of the imagination, creativity of mere mortal and fallible men.
What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?
It is surely time for 21st century man to cast aside the totalitarian nonsense that is the Trinity, accept the necessity of the rule of law to keep us on the straight and narrow of morality and keep our souls and civilisation in good order.
@CarolHusband @REPUBL_I_CAN @nanamare53 https://t.co/J8uMXpHky7 preceded the First Amendment by 1159 years.— Claire Khaw (@ntfem) May 22, 2016