Originally posted by thehumbleone
I don't know if any of you have read about this Mahdi fellow who is supposed to be some savior in the Islamic religion, but he sounds an awful lot
like the christian description of the antichrist.
How so? Doesn't the muslim version of Jesus sound more like a candidate for the anti-christ?
If anything, I'd think that the Mahdi would be the false prophet, and then the muslim version of jesus would be the anti-christ. But even that
doesn't really make sense.
The idea of an end-time, and an end time figure, especially one that 'rises from the grave' is shared by most of the semitic religions. For the
christians, jesus will return from the sky, the dead will rise from the graves, there will be a correction, and then eventually the world will end.
For the Muslims, the Mahdi will appear, for the shia muslims, the Mahdi IS the 12th Imam, Mahdi Mohammed, who went into 'occultation' (vanished,
like jesus after the ressurection), when the mahdi appears, he reforms the muslim religion of any errors that have collected, and prepares the way for
Jesus to return from heaven who will then usher in the end of the world/judgement day/etc.
The Lubavitcher Hasdic jews beleive that their previous Grande Rebbe will rise from his grave as the Messiah and bring about the restoration of the
jews to Zion.
Interestingly, the Baha'i are a group of muslims originating in the recent era from Iran, who claim that the Mahdi did indeed come, years ago, and he
reformed the religion to create the Baha'i religion.
If the iranian president believes this stuff it looks like we're in for some serious trouble
Wouldn't we be in just as much trouble with christian leaders that beleive all the hocus pocus? Even more so, since the Mahdi comes to reform the
religious practices of the muslims, not kill everyone, whereas the christian saviour comes back to exterminate everyone that isn't a christian?