The Antichrist in Muhammad: Jesus as the Son of God
The evidence against Muhammad as a result of his own admissions cannot be controverted
One of the most important titles of Jesus in the New Testament is "Son of God." It is an essential, uncompromisable kernel of the Gospel: "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that everyone who believes in him might not perish, but might have eternal life." (John 3:16) Muhammad unequivocally rejects Jesus as the son of God, displaying, in all its darkened colors, the spirit of antichrist.
One of the most important titles of Jesus in the New Testament is "Son of God." It is an essential, uncompromisable kernel of the Gospel: "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that everyone who believes in him might not perish, but might have eternal life." (John 3:16)
Jesus is referenced as "Son of God" at least sixty times in the four Gospels. It is obvious that we cannot list them all in this article, so we will attend to only a smattering of citations, focusing on the variety of witnesses.
First, God the Father Himself revealed Jesus as his only begotten Son, both in Jesus' Baptism and in his Transfiguration: "And a voice came from the heavens, 'You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.'" (Mark 1:11; see Luke 3:22; see also Matt. 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35.)
Second, Jesus himself refers to himself as the only Son of God. To the Jews who sought to stone him for blasphemy, Jesus said, "[C]an you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemed because I said, 'I am the Son of God?'" (John 10:36)
Third, the angel Gabriel (whom, by the way, Muhammad claimed as the one who revealed to him the Qur'an) told Mary at the Annunciation: "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High." (Luke 1:32)
Fourth, Peter identified Jesus as the Son of God in response to the question, "Who do you say that I am?" "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matt. 16:16). This is particularly important, because Jesus makes clear that this is a revealed truth of God: "Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven." (Matt. 16:17)
Fifth, all of Jesus' apostles identified Him as the Son of God. After Jesus and Peter returned to the boat having walked on water and the storms stilled, the Scripture tells us: "Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying 'Truly, you are the Son of God.'" (Matt. 14:32-33)
Sixth, the very high priest of the Jews recognized the importance of Jesus' claim about himself when he asked Jesus, "'I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.' (Matt. 26:63-64; Mark 14:61-62)
Seventh, the Roman centurion, a pagan, recognized Jesus as the Son of God, after his death and after the earthly prodigies, such as the earthquake and darkening of the sky: "Surely he was the Son of God." (Matt. 27:54; Mark 15:39)
Lastly, St. Paul, and the apostles and their successors, such as Silas and Timothy, preached Jesus Christ, the "Son of God," who was "not 'Yes' and 'No," but in him has always been 'Yes.'" (2 Cor. 1:19). St. Paul understood that Jesus' title as "Son of God" was revealed. (Acts 9:20).
(One might also point out that even madmen and those possessed by unclean spirits recognized Jesus as the "Son of God." Cf. Mark 3:11, 5:7; Matt. 8:29; Luke 4:41; 8:28.)
All of Christ's believers have universally exclaimed: "We have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14) This is a truth of the People of God from the very inception of the Church.
The teaching Church unquestionably has found the doctrine that Jesus is the "Son of God" revealed de fide divina et ecclesiastica, and absolutely true because revealed by a God who cannot be deceived and does not deceive. And so the Church includes the belief in her Creed: We say therein that we believe "Jesus Christ, His [God the Father's] only Son, our Lord."
As the Catechism summarizes the Church's understanding of the Scripture's revelation that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God: "The title 'Son of God' signifies the unique and eternal relationship of Jesus Christ to God his Father: he is the only Son of the Father. To be Christian, one must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." CCC § 453.
Without question, the title, and indeed the person it describes, is hugely important, and, what is more, clearly revealed by God as the manner in which Jesus ought to be understood as uniquely and eternally being one in essence (homoousios) with God the Father. Without it, Jesus is not Jesus. This is the keystone doctrine in the Christian arch of associated doctrines such as the ...
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