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The Antichrist in Muhammad: Blaspheming Against the Holy Spirit Comments

The upshot is that references in the Qur'an to the "Holy Spirit," "Allah's spirit," "Spirit," or the like are not references to Allah as Allah, but are references either to created entities or Allah's commands.  There is no place in the Qur'an where the "Spirit" is of the same substance as Allah.  In all instances in the Qur'an, the "Spirit" is without question subordinate to Allah.  In the Qur'an, God the Holy Spirit is horribly ... Continue Reading

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  1. Andrew M. Greenwell
    2 years ago

    Let me address your comments. First, I have no control over what comments get posted or do not get posted. That is an editorial decision outside my control. For a number of legitimate reasons, the comments are reviewed, and generally open debate is encouraged. As you can see, your comment was published.

    I do not see how you can maintain, in the light of the the epistles of St. John and the tradition of the Church, that zeal in preaching the reality of Jesus Christ and in warning against the antichrist spirit is "profoundly un-Catholic." Was it "profoundly un-Catholic" to argue against Arius, or to argue against the numerous Christological heresies that sought to unchrist Christ? I dare say the opposite is the case: it is profoundly un-Catholic not to proclaim Christ whole and entire.

    My articles damn nobody. My articles are written against teachings that contradict authentically revealed teaching. They relate to teachings and are aimed at one man: Muhammad. They do take issue with teachings that, from a Catholic perspective, are manifestly against the Truth.

    To be sure, the Church has always embraced truth wherever it may be found, and there are some truths in Islam that may be acknowledged: its monotheism, for example. The Church has also appreciated the wisdom of philosophers. Yet while embracing the good and the truth in pagan religions and in philosophies, the Church has also--in every instance--winnowed the chaff from the grain, and has pointed out those areas in pagan religions or in philosophies that are false. One could say that what is true in their teaching is of Christ, but what is untrue in their teachings is antichrist. I don't see how any false teaching can be said to be of Christ. I can see how any true teaching can be said to be of Christ.

    Where particular individuals end up, or those who advocate particular religions, I do not presume to judge. That is, to understate the issue, quite above my pay grade. What I do believe, and what every Catholic must believe, is that Christ is the only salvation, and that the Church is the sacrament of that salvation. (It is obvious that one must be a member of the Church to be saved. One cannot be saved without being a member of the Church Triumphant, which means that in some way, perhaps known to God alone, one has been at the time of one's death, a member of the Church Militant since there are not three Churches, but one Church: militant, suffering, triumphant.) That is a revealed truth. That is the Gospel. That is what must be proclaimed.

    I do not believe that Catholics can rest content that the Hindu remain in his Hinduism, that a Buddhist remain in his Buddhism, that a Protestant remain in his Protestantism, that a Muslim remain in his Islam. That to me is unfathomable. Are these to be denied the fullness of the Gospel? Are these to be denied Christ? Isn't part of the Gospel also the danger of damnation? With respect to damnation (which is nothing other than the opposite side of the coin of salvation), isn't the Hindu, the Buddhist, the Protestant, the Muslim in at least as much danger as the Catholic?

    The fact that a person holds truths that are against the Catholic faith is, of course, no reason to shun him, not to dialogue with him, not to live at peace with him, not to address his needs, not to be charitable, not to love him. One should see the Assisi meetings, not as contrary to the Gospel preaching, but as complementary to it. I really think you have misapprehended JPII and BXVI's commitment to the Gospel, if you think that Assisi means "Do not proclaim the Gospel anymore." I am quite sure that both JPII and BXVI, in their own individual ways, would agree with St. Paul: "Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!" (1 Cor. 9:16).

    You accuse me and my articles of being "nothing but prejudice, bigotry, and self-righteous hatred disguised by a thin patina of intellectual gloss." Well, I guess I beg to differ. I have presented Islam fairly. A Muslim will agree that I have presented Islam as Islam is. I have also presented Catholicism accurately, fairly. I have compared the two fairly. This is not what prejudiced people or bigots do. It is unquestionable that Islam holds some teachings that are flatly contrary to reason and flatly contrary to the Word of God. To the extent that Islam's teachings contradict reason and contradict the revealed Word of God, they are harmful, spiritually and temporally. And if you don't believe that, then you have no commitment to the Gospel. Isn't part of the Gospel pointing out truth, which necessarily means pointing out error?

    Frankly, it is my experience that Catholics are quite uninformed about Islam, just like Muslims are quite uninformed about Christianity, that Islam misrepresents itself to the West and even to its own people, that there is nothing more urgent than to inform Catholics of the differences between Islam and Christianity, and to inform Muslims of the difference between Christianity and Islam. That, my dear brother Joseph, is what my articles (at least I think) do. I have dialogued with Muslims of good will with the same candor as these articles, and, unlike you, they (though they highly disagreed with me) do not seem to have taken the same offense as you.

    You say that I ought to be ashamed of myself? Nay, rather, I should say: "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile." (Rom 1:16)

    I shall not now, nor do I hope shall I ever, apologize for writing truth.

  2. Jorge
    2 years ago

    This is another excellent article, but whenever TRUTH comes in the shape of denouncing the lies and hatred of islam, there we have them-people like Joseph, a fanatical dellusional person, liar and manipulator and even worse, muslims like naveed, well doing what muslims do best that is-LYING (taqyya) about islam. Joseph represents the anti-catholic "catholic", who refuses to deffend his own faith against the most vicious, ruthless, barbaric, enemical force that has ever threathened christianity altogether-islam..indeed that has wiped out christianity from north africa, the middle east and elsewere.Very few percentages of christian population resist the brutal chains of islamic tyranny, violence, genocide,oprpession and constant life threats.I am not slandering you in anyway by calling you a liar as you keep proving you are a self-righteous bigot and liar.This is an undeniable fact. You consider these articles to be "rubish" and try to twist catholic theology to appease and conform to islamic supremacism, racistm, anti-christian beliefs and practices(all beyong heretical..choppings, stonings, amputations, beheadings, enslavement, killings...).

    it was Jesus who said that "You are with me or against me", not Jorge, not Andrew..this means that any one that is not included in Christ, is obviously excluded of Christ.This means that at the least in some way, the non-christian is some sort of anti-christ. This is LOGICAL, RATIONAL AND OBVIOUS.True christians don't twist and bend theological Truths to accomodate lies and deception(curruption).I am not being a purist; just standing for truth!

    This article doesn't mean that all muslims are the anti-christ, but it does mean that muhamamd was, is and will always be an anti-christ , for his most decisive final beliefs and practices(sharia, jihad, genocides, brutal rivers of human blood all over the world, islamic conquests, esnavement of millions).

  3. Joseph
    2 years ago

    I see that my comment has not been accepted even though it was rationally and clearly set out. I have seen scurrilous and abusive comments accepted and posted without a problem but mine, presumably because it strongly opposes the raison d'etre of this series of articles has been 'buried'. Clearly robust, open and honest debate is not something Catholic Online encourages, despite its protestations to the contrary. .

    I submit my comment for the third time. If it is still not accepted I must conclude that Mr Greenwall is unwilling to accept the cut and thrust of honest debate between fellow Catholics.

    The logic of these articles is clear: any individual or any religion that does not comply with Christian theology is Antichrist. Not just Muhammad, but anyone. One must therefore legitimately ask what on earth is the purpose of these articles? Of course other religions do not embrace the totality of Christian theology - if they did they would be Christian!! And to damn them as Antichrist is profoundly un-Catholic. We have always held it to be true (and this was confirmed in Vatican II, which we are all now required to interpret within the hermeneutic of continuity) that those pagans or nonbelievers who seek God and have any glimmering of the truth are to be understood as to some extent inspired by God in their search for understanding and union with him. The enlightened pagans of classical civilization - Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Virgil, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius - all sought the divine in their lives but of course were not orthodox Christians, some of them because they were born before Christ's birth, others because they did not convert to Christianity. If the logic of these articles is to be applied, however, all of these enlightened pagans are to be damned as embodiments of the Antichrist. Socrates an Antichrist? Plato too? And Marcus Aurelius? Is this some kind of sick joke? But it gets worse. Because the same must apply to all members of the Hindu religion and Buddhist religion. Is the Dalai Lama also to be declared an embodiment of Antichrist? Was Gandhi an embodiment of Antichrist? Did Pope John Paul II, when he called the leaders of the world’s religions to meet together at Assisi, did he meet with embodiments of the Antichrist? Has Benedict XVI, in his meetings with Muslim and other religious leaders, been meeting with embodiments of the Antichrist? If you say yes, then you are impugning the character and sanctity of two of our greatest Popes, God’s representatives on this planet. These articles, therefore, are nothing but prejudice, bigotry and self-righteous hatred badly disguised by a thin patina of intellectual gloss. They are an absolute disgrace to our Faith and are a flat betrayal of the traditions of Mother Church and her spirit of generosity, humility and benevolence. The author should be ashamed of himself and this series should be pulled forthwith. Our task as Christians is to deliver and preach the Good News of salvation to all men and women, not deliver anathemas at the drop of a hat like Zeus firing off thunderbolts from the top of Mt. Olympus - anathemas which, by the way, if any must be delivered, are to be delivered by the Magisterium in all its wisdom and humility, and after all due and long deliberation. They are not to be delivered by a self-appointed judge of his fellow men who arrogates to himself an authority which, as a Catholic, he simply does not have. Moreover, on a personal note, and as a staunch member of the Church Militant and her 2,000 year old Tradition of Faith and Reason, I cannot but be appalled by such crass and intellectual rubbish as is set out in these articles which, if read by those who are not of our Faith, bring the beautiful character of Holy Mother Church into grave disrepute and do absolutely nothing to further the cause of Christianity on this planet.

  4. JM
    2 years ago

    Dear Naveed al Islam:

    God doesn't need "helpers" as you call them. The Trinity does not mean that God has "helpers". Christians do not worship or believe in three gods. You do not understand the doctrine of the Trinity. God is Father, Son, & Holy Spirit - separate persons yet of one substance, together forming one single God. The Trinity is not easily understood. It is a mystery that we accept as a gift from God. Our knowledge of the Trinity comes to us through Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition. God the Son (Jesus Christ) told his disciples about it, and His disciples (the Pope together with all the clergy and laity of the church), to this day, under the guidance of God the Holy Spirit, continue to teach this truth about the nature of God. We Catholic Christians believe in the Trinity because we believe it is the truth as revealed to us by God.

    A Trinity Prayer

    Love of Jesus Fill us.
    Holy Spirit Guide us.
    Will of the Father be done. Amen.

  5. Naveed Ul Islam
    2 years ago

    First of all, it is good to see civilized articles once in awhile especially when bitterness among followers of religions is increasing unfortunately. Also, I am not a scholar in the field but my comments here are from my personal understanding of the religion Islam (which means peace). I don't understand just because Qur'an doesn't consider Holy Spirit divine and Jesus Christ divine, Muhammad (Peace be upon him) becomes anti-Christ and Islam becomes an enemy of Christian philosophy, well mythology rather. The intent of the Holy Qur'an throughout has been to portray Allah, His angels, all of His messengers and Gabriel and other archangels as one, not literally but in their mission, which is to serve Allah in their own respective ways. The intent is not at all to disrespect them or be blasphemous. Qur'an considers association of partnership with Allah, the biggest of all blasphemy because it only means the Allah is not sufficient in His attributes on His own and need other entities like Holy Spirit or Jesus Christ to fulfill Him God forbid. Having helpers to run a system which represents Him is totally different than saying that one is not complete and has three parts. Having said that, this is what Qur'an says about Gabriel and it the opposite of being blasphemous:

    Say: ‘Whoever is an enemy to Gabriel — for he it is who has caused it to descend on thy heart by the command of Allah, which fulfils that which precedes it, and is a guidance and glad tidings to the believers - ‘Whoever is an enemy to Allah, and His angels, and His Messengers, and Gabriel, and Michael, then surely, Allah is an enemy to such disbelievers.’(Chapter 2 : Verse 98,99)

    Now if you two turn unto Allah repentant, it will be better for you, and your hearts are already so inclined. But if you back up each other against him, surely Allah is his Helper and Gabriel and the righteous among the believers; and furthermore, all other angels too are his helpers. (Chapter 66 : Verse 5)

    Now in regards to the prophecy about Muhammad in Bible, here are some references:

    But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14-26)

    Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will sent him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. ... I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. How be it when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak.. and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. (John 16:7-14)

    The Lord thy God will raise unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me, unto him ye shall hearken. (Deuteronomy 18:15)

    I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass that, whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. (Deuteronomy 18:18-19)

    And he said, the Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; and shined forth from Mount Paran and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. (Deuteronomy 33:2)

    And then: For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6- 7)

    Mentioned above in the following terms:

    A Prophet From Thy Brethren
    Divine Light From Paran
    The Earth Was Full Of His Praise
    The Prince of Peace

    Source of these references:

  6. Gabriella
    2 years ago

    As it says in the Bible, all sins can be forgiven except the sin against the Holy Spirit!
    this is a serious trangression - Islam is a transgression against the Lord.

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