of hell," using the plural. Does not this imply the existence of some kind of plurality,
other than that of attributes, in the Divine Unity?
140. M. Certainly not. The "We" is used, as kings use the word, to imply
C. On what authority do you say this so positively? If the Qur'an is from God, nothing in it
can be unmeaning. Whatever God says is true: and this expression, so often repeated in the Qur'an, may
contain deep teaching. We observe that, in the use of the plural, the Qur'an agrees with the Bible,
since we find, for instance, in Gen. i. 26; iii. 22; xi. 7, the very same expression used. Those
parts of the Bible which teach the doctrine of the Trinity in Unity may possibly explain the
reason of this, as far as the Bible is concerned. If the Qur'an was revealed to confirm the Torah
and the Injil, perhaps this is one of the points in which it does so.
141. M. The Jews explain these passages by saying that God was addressing the angels.
C. That is because the Jews reject the Gospel, which the Qur'an "confirms." But
whether their explanation be right or wrong, will it explain the use of the plural in the Qur'an?
142. M. No, it will not: but the doctrine of the Trinity is contrary to the Qur'an.
C. We have seen that what the Qur'an denounces is a doctrine which taught the existence of
three Gods. This is not the Christian doctrine of the