The Antichrist in Muhammad: Introduction to the Series
We will compare the teachings of Muhammad and his Qur'an regarding Jesus to the Catholic Church's claims regarding Jesus
We have seen in our prior series entitled "The Heart's Witness Against Muhammad" how, in his moral fruits, Muhammad can be identified as a false prophet. We will see in this series entitled "The Antichrist in Muhammad" how, in his doctrinal fruits, Muhammad can also be identified as a false prophet twice over. This series is nothing less than an effort to be responsive to the Lord's warnings regarding false prophets..
Muhammad's acts as contained in the earliest Muslim biographies of Muhammad were then compared to the natural moral law, a universal law of morality that binds all men, including supposed prophets. It was quite readily seen that the claim--supposedly to have been revealed--that Muhammad was the best of all mankind is unsupportable by reason. Reason alone should tell you that Muhammad's claims--and his supposed revelations in the Qur'an--are not reasonably trustworthy.
Indeed, I think we can reasonably take any Catholic saint at random, compare his or her life to Muhammad, and Muhammad would, in each and every instance, lose the test. Muhammad is morally inferior to any Catholic saint, and, what is more, morally inferior even to any reasonably pious and imperfect Catholic who has not yet escaped the tyranny of venial sins or lesser imperfections.
What is more striking is that each and every one of these Catholic saints or pious Catholics would immediately confess that their moral integrity pales next to the perfect integrity of the human nature of Jesus which was joined to God the Son. None--even St. Francis of Assisi--would claim to be the perfect exemplar of humanity, the best of all mankind, the perfect model of conduct.
Looked at in this manner, we see that Muhammad's claim is not only unsupportable, but unbelievably pretentious: indeed, even risible. It is perhaps for this reason that Muhammad found so many of his contemporaries lampooning him, and so many Jews and Christians rejecting him.
In his Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 7:15-23), Jesus warned us of false prophets, and enjoined upon us the obligation to be vigilant.
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them."
We have seen how, in his moral fruits, Muhammad can be identified as a false prophet. We will see in this series how, in his doctrinal fruits, Muhammad can also be identified as a false prophet twice over. This series is nothing less than an effort to be responsive to the Lord's warnings.
Therefore, in this next series of articles entitled "The Antichrist in Muhammad," we will look at Muhammad from the perspective of the Faith. In particular, we will compare the teachings of Muhammad and his Qur'an regarding Jesus to the Catholic Church's claims regarding Jesus.
Jesus (in Arabic, 'Isa) appears in the Qur'an and its supposed revelations, is referred to in generally positive terms, but the little that the Qur'an gives to Jesus with one hand pales compared to what it takes away from Jesus with the other hand.
It may be said that what a Catholic or any Christian holds to be the most significant about Jesus is denied of Jesus by Muhammad. The Jesus of the Qur'an is spiritually and doctrinally emasculated.
So much does the Qur'an detract from Jesus and the Catholic Church's understanding of Jesus, that, by the end of this series, it will be apparent to any reasonable inquirer that Muhammad's teachings contained in the Qur'an and the Sunna are deeply anti-Catholic, and, more broadly, deeply anti-Christian. Muhammad's teachings and the teachings in the Qur'an offend the understanding of Christ not only of the Catholic Church, but also the Orthodox Church and almost all mainline Protestant churches and ecclesial communions.
In this initial article, we ought to explain our title to the series, which some might consider a little offensive. The best place to begin in understanding the choice of title is with the Catholic understanding of the "Antichrist." Accordingly, we will begin this series with a short review of the Scriptural, Patristic, and traditional teachings on the Antichrist.
Christ comes from the Greek word, Christos, which is the equivalent to the Hebrew word Mashiach (usually transliterated as Messiah), meaning anointed one. In Arabic, the word for Messiah is Masih. Anti, in Greek, is a prefix meaning "against" or "opposed ...
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