The Antichrist in Muhammad: Jesus as the Son of God
taken a son and has had no partner in [His] dominion and has no [need of a] protector out of weakness; and glorify Him with [great] glorification.'" (Qur'an 17:111) (Meccan)
"And to warn those who say, 'Allah has taken a son.' They have no knowledge of it, nor had their fathers. Grave is the word that comes out of their mouths; they speak not except a lie. (Qur'an 18:4-5) (Meccan)
"It is not [befitting] for Allah to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, "Be," and it is." (Qur'an 19:35) (Meccan)
"And they [the Christians] say, 'The Most Merciful has taken [for Himself] a son." You [Christians] have done an atrocious thing. The heavens almost rupture therefrom and the earth splits open and the mountains collapse in devastation that they attribute to the Most Merciful a son. And it is not appropriate for the Most Merciful that He should take a son.(Qur'an 19:88-91) (Meccan)
"Allah has not taken any son, nor has there ever been with Him any deity. [If there had been], then each deity would have taken what it created, and some of them would have sought to overcome others. Exalted is Allah above what they describe [concerning Him]." (Qur'an 23:91) (Meccan)
"They [the Christians] say, 'Allah has taken a son.' Exalted is He! Rather, to Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. All are devoutly obedient to Him." (Qur'an 2:116) (Medinan)
". . . [T]he Christians say, "The Messiah is the son of Allah." That is their statement from their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved [before them]. May Allah destroy them; how are they deluded?" (Qur'an 9:30) (Medinan)
Muhammad seems singularly antipathetic to authentic Christian teaching of Jesus as the "son of God," calling it a heinous sin. This is an attitude that one would expect from one who was an antichrist.
"God does not forgive association with Him; but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin." (Qur'an 4.48) (Medinan)
Indeed, it seems unassailable that Muhammad virulently rejected the Christian teaching of the divine sonship of Jesus. From "people of the Book," ahl-al-Kitab, Christians appeared to have fallen very close to the category of the mushrikun, espousers of "shirk," the worst of all sins, unforgiveable if unrepented of, and at complete odds with the supposed virtue of Islam: tawhid, monotheism.
Muhammad appears to have taken a progressively hostile position against the Christians in preparation for (and as a justification for) the attacks on Christian lands held under Byzantine and Persian rule, accusing them of the worst possible sin--associating partners with God--shirk as a pretext for invasion.
In his later years, Muhammad affirmatively advocated violence against the Christians and their suppression to Islam as dhimmis, as we see in what is supposed to be among his last supposed revelations, compiled in the Surat at-Tawbah, the "Repentance," the surah with the famous "verse of the sword" that abrogates all peaceful verses predating it:
"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth [Muhammad's Islam], (even if they are) of the People of the Book [i.e., Christians and Jews], until they pay the Jizya [tax] with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
. . . . [T]he Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth . . . Fain would they extinguish Allah's light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it)." (Qur'an 9:29-30)
So, whose words ought we take as evidence of the divine sonship of Jesus? Those of God the Father, of God the Son, of the Holy Spirit (who authored the Gospels), of the angel Gabriel, of St. Peter, of the Apostles, of the righteous pagans, of the Church in Tradition and in Council? Or of a rather limited visionary and spiritual thinker, Muhammad?
Christ? Or Antichrist?
The evidence against Muhammad as a result of his own admissions cannot be controverted. Muhammad, by denying Christ's divine sonship, was a precursor of the Antichrist and followed the spirit of antichrist. He was dreadfully misguided, to the unfortunate bane of all mankind (most particularly the Muslims that operate under his antichristian thrall--may the Lord open their lands to the free propagation of the Gospel, and may the Gospel be preached even within the Masjid al-Haram at Mecca!).
Muhammad preached vehemently not only against the precious doctrine of the Gospel that Jesus was the Son of God, but also called down curses and advocated violence against the believers of the Gospel. He promoted, like his more sedulous followers still do, active suppression of the saving truths of the Gospel as a result of the anti-Gospel in the Qur'an. It is under these that our Christian brethren in Muslim lands suffered and still suffer. But we must not forget the Muslim, for, insofar as the Gospel is concerned, the Muslim is the greatest victim of Islam.
Andrew M. Greenwell is an attorney licensed to practice law in Texas, practicing in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is married with three children. He maintains a blog entirely devoted to the natural law called Lex Christianorum. You can contact Andrew at email@example.com.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Jesus, Muhammad, antichrist, Son of God, Andrew M. Greenwell
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