CHARLOTTE, NC, March 15, 2016 – One of the indisputable differences between Islam and Christianity that can never be resolved is the concept of the Holy Trinity.
When Muslims defend their beliefs they might agree that both religions worship the same God, but they will never compromise on the idea that there is only one God. It is not possible for a Muslim to accept the triune perception of God as Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
That being the case, the schism between Islam and Christianity is irreconcilable.
Ignoring the adage that “fools rush in where angels fear to tread,” William Kilpatrick, author of several books about cultural and religious issues, plunges headfirst into the often taboo controversy without apology. Referring to Matthew 7:15 in the New Testament which says “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves,” Kilpatrick poses the question, “Would ‘false prophets’ include Muhammad? It’s an impolitic question to ask in these politically correct times, but, thanks to political correctness these are also highly dangerous times.”
In their defense, Muslims tell non-believers without hesitation that the Koran acknowledges Jesus Christ as a prophet, which is true. But, as with all things Islamic, nothing is ever black and white. There are always shades of gray. What Islam does not recognize is the divinity of Christ.
The contention in Kilpatrick’s argument results when he states that “Muhammad’s purpose in introducing Jesus into the Koran is to discredit the Christian claim that he is divine in order to enhance Muhammad’s claim to prophethood.”
On the surface, the use of the term “discredit” might appear harsh, even to Christians, but Kilpatrick expounds a valid explanation of his theory.
“It’s a case of either/or,” Kilpatrick explains. “Either the New Testament account of Jesus is true or Muhammad’s account is true. Since they contradict each other, they both can’t be true.”
Citing Ralph Sidway, an Orthodox Christian researcher, Kilpatrick adds that Muhammad declares in Surah 5:73 of the Koran that a “grievous penalty will befall” those who insist in saying that “Allah is one of three.” To which Sidway responds, “Allah is so vehement in these condemnations of Christian dogma that it amounts to what I term as ‘Theological Jihad.’”
This is where Kilpatrick gets to the heart of his argument. “According to John, the spirit of the Antichrist denies the Son. But Islam not only denies the Son, it brands belief in the Son as a sin. And not just any sin, but the worst of all possible sins—shirk (the sin of attributing partners to God). So the central belief of Christians is, from the Islamic point of view, the greatest sin conceivable.”
In a single paragraph, William Kilpatrick explains the futility of attempting to compromise with Islamic thinking.
He then strengthens his premise by singling out Islamic condemnation. “It can be argued that other religions fail to acknowledge the Sonship of Christ, but there is a difference. For example, while Jews don’t believe in the divinity of Christ, that, for obvious chronological reasons, is not part of the revelation to the Jews. Nor is denial of Christ’s divinity a central tenet of Judaism. On the other hand, the ‘revelation’ to Muhammad came six hundred years after the birth of Christ and one of its central messages is the denial of the Sonship of Jesus. As Joel Richardson puts it in his book The Islamic Antichrist:
‘While many religions and systems of belief exist that do not agree with the doctrines of Christianity … only Islam fulfills the role of a religion that exists to deny core Christian beliefs.’”
The Islamic history of conquest over the past 14 centuries is irrefutable. Kilpatrick notes that “By one estimate, approximately 170 million people have been killed in the name of Allah, making Islam the greatest killing force in history by far.”
That number is so staggering it is difficult to even put it in context.
In conclusion, though Kilpatrick does not end his article with this simple yet profound statement, the author notes, “If Christ is who Christians say he is, then there is absolutely no need for another prophet or another revelation.”
Indeed, if Christ was perfect as well as divine, then Muhammad becomes unnecessary. That being the case, Muslims cannot possibly accept, or even, compromise upon the Holy Trinity as a foundation of Christianity.
Other religions have not resorted to global jihad and terrorism as Islam has done despite the differences in their beliefs. Only Islam incorporates such a strategy.
The explanation is no more complicated than that. Solutions, on the other hand, are far more complex, and, perhaps, impossible.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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