[quote=“FrDavid96, post:129, topic:454864, full:true”]
I am not against you personally or the Church. I go along with the Church’s stance on Muslims but honestly I find this argument is very weak.
Basically, it is on the Church’s say so.
Correct me if my summary is wrong on the explanation so far:
- Muslims are spirtual descendants Ishmael.
- Since Ishmael worhsiped the God of his father, Abraham, therefore Muslims worship that God.
- (Implication) - Muhammad many centuries later, claimed to be Ishmael descendant and therefore worshiped his God but with different ways and understanding of that God.
I hope you see the weaknesses in this argument which is essentially a Church derivation. Nobody has yet said the proclaimation iis nfallible, so I guess it is still open for discussion, not that the Church will change this stance, of course.
As I said earlier, Muhammad being the descendant of Ishmael, is just a claim. Even if it is true, there is no way to verify that he still believed in what Ishmael believed - the gap/interruption of probably about two thousand years of not perpetuating Ishmael religion; and now Muhammad’s revelations are full of contradiction and errors as compared to what we know from the old Scripture, just does not make his claim credible at all.
Your argument would necessitate for the Church to agree to anyone after Muhammad, if they should make similar claim and introduce new religions.