Feb 23, 2011

Catechism on The Church's relationship with the Muslims - on believing the same God

The catechism teaches:
841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."

To me, this is the old doctrine of baptism of desire, where a person no matter what faith, and is unable to know Jesus not because of his own fault, invincible ignorance, is also baptised by his sincere desire if he lives according to his conscience. 

The problem or heresy comes when some Church leaders raises this cult to the same level as Christianity by teaching or actions e.g. sharing Church buildings.  In my mind, that puts Jesus the Incarnate Son of God, Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity down to how Mohammed defined him as a minor prophet but just a man.  Adoring the heavenly Father just as one would worship Allah negates the truth that Jesus is the Way and the only way to bridge the gap between God and man.

Then there is the flipside i.e. how do Muslims see Christians?  I have 20 links on the side of my page that reports how a Christian or Jew being murdered by a Muslim because of his Christian or Jewish faith daily.  So, while we see them as worshipping the Heavenly Father as Allah, I doubt if they see Allah in the Heavenly Father, much less in the Triune God of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  In fact, their doctrinal text, the Q'uran, is quite explicit about the negations. 
"They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One Allah. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them," (Quran 5:73, Yusuf Ali).

"They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the third of three; when there is no Allah save the One Allah. If they desist not from so saying a painful doom will fall on those of them who disbelieve," (Quran 5:73, Pickthal).
who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. Say: Who then can do aught against Allah, if He had willed to destroy the Messiah son of Mary, and his mother and everyone on earth? Allah's is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them. He createth what He will. And Allah is Able to do all things," (Quran 5:17, Pickthal).

"And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they!" (Quran 5:30, Pickthal)
Then again, it may not matter even if they indeed descended from Abraham by their faith; because, didn't the Lord say, "And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham."  Mathew 3:9

Source:  http://carm.org/catholic-catechisms-view-muslim-god-wrong

On the contrary, former Muslims hold that Allah is not the same as the Christian and Jewish God. Watch the video below.

If video fails, click here or go to http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2011/02/catechism-on-churchs-relationship-with.html

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