reply to post by russ212
I thank you for your answer.
It is not my intention to be "superior" or show off or whatever.
There would be no problem whatsoever if you as christian had certain different aspects of belief, for example you consider drinking alcohol to be OK,
but I don't.
That, in my belief, is a sin. But it is not something that will condemn you in the face of God.
The problem is SHIRK.
It is the arab word used in Qur'an for ONE and ONLY sin which God will NEVER forgive.
God is all merciful, he can forgive EVERY sin. Except for shirk.
And shirk means ascribing partners to God.
Elevating a person in the rank of God. Like saying that a prophet of God IS actually God.
And, this is not something I am trying to force on you, based on Qur'an or what not.
I am putting forth arguments from THE BIBLE which for centuries were unchangeable. There was always only one God. There is not even one mention of the
word trinity in the Bible.
If Trinity is the very nature of God, how come it was never mentioned.
That is a fundamental tenet of faith. Yet we find no mention of it.
The only time when this "deification" of Jesus starts, is the time Paul lived.
He was was heavily opposed by the original disciples of Jesus, who condemned him (some of this even survived in the Acts) and accused him of
Eventually however, the pauline doctrine superseded all others, those of the original teachings of Jesus included.
And - voila - we got ourself Paulianism.
By the way, although this might seem out of topic - it is not - because what I am trying to show is that teachings got changed and distorted, and this
directly influences prophecies about Muhammad in the Bible. One example of it being that of the Paraclete.
Since Pauls followers WANTED Jesus to be the one and only Savior and Son of God and Holy One - logically there could be no other prophet AFTER him.
So, they reflected this in their writings.
All of the NT writings we have today are in way or another influenced by Paul. E.g. Luke, the "supposed" author of the Gospel of Luke is thought to
have been close to Paul. And Mark too.
Since Mathew and Luke based their Gospels on Mark - then no wonder the doctrines there are similar.
John comes much later, when the Pauline doctrine was already established and regarded as THE doctrine.
All other teachings, like those of the ebionites, nazarenes etc. who HAD the original teachings of Jesus, were suppressed. And they believed Jesus was
a man, and a prophet sent by God. But NOT God, nor Son of God.
So, even if there were clearer prophecies from Jesus about Muhammad - these were gradually supressed, changed and distorted.
But there are more in the OT...