16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already,
because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
If one believes that the above passage defines a foundational truth upon which Christianity is built, then the following verses from the Koran can only be viewed as repudiating the Biblical basis for the Christian faith:
"Say: 'Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom..." (Surah 17:111)
He [God] begetteth not, nor is He begotten; (Surah 112.3)
In this regard, I have two questions for my more learned spiritual siblings here:
1. Does the intent of these words not seem to be a clear denial that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh-- the very lie that the apostle John declared would identify the spirit of antichrist? (Yes, I know all false religions deny the full deity of Jesus, but how many include a specific declaration of that denial in their sacred writ).
2. I'm a little confused by the Muslim beliefs concerning Jesus. They acknowledge that His birth occurred under obviously supernatural circumstances--conceived by a virgin, and not the offspring of a mortal, earthly father.
Yet, they don't believe his birth was supernatural enough to warrant His being begotten by God. Anyone have a better understanding of what the specific beliefs are in that regard?