Islam in the Divine Plan that would always Be
I believe Islam is included in the five great forms of religion that would more or less be bound to arise in any Divine Plan to redeem a world, if the world fell and it received Incarnate One.
For now, I just summarize from my book.
Wouldn’t the following three things always be predestined if God was going to Incarnate to a world:
General Mediating Fathers (Bishops) that preserve an Explicit, Rigorous Revelation (Tradition)
A Supreme Mediating, Unifying Father (the Pope)
Poetic, Implied Revelation (Scripture)
If you are Catholic, you would say, but of course (for the reasons of Christian unity but to still leave a poetic inspiration for the heart, even if it is susceptible to misinterpretation.)
In addition, two things simply are in this world and cannot not be, based on the assumption that Incarnate One comes:
The Trinity and Incarnation
The Trinity cannot not be, it is not contingent, it just is. We have assumed an Incarnation, and Reason cannot not be. Reason just exists, and any rational creature has reason, it is inescapable.
And who would argue if you are Catholic that in any such world with these, the sources of truth above would be ordered as follows from most reliable source of truth down to least reliable source of truth:
- The Trinity and Incarnation
- A Supreme Mediating, Unifying Father (the Pope)
- General Mediating Fathers (Bishops) that preserve an Explicit, Rigorous Revelation (Tradition)
- Poetic, Implied Revelation (Scripture)
In addition, who would argue that this list has the reverse quality of evidency for the source’s legitimacy: the top source is the most hidden, the least evident, the next source is more evident, down to the bottom source, reason, which is the most evident source of truth.
From my book:
Now, suppose God Incarnates to World. Wouldn’t Incarnate One’s People have to journey the path of the saint, the purgative, the illuminative, and the unitive?
Therefore, just as the saint’s flesh rebels against the incoming spirit as initial reaction to his justification, and stings the flesh, so the outside world of the Incarnate One’s society will react first to the infusion of Her Spirit by stinging her flesh, persecution.
Therefore, something like the persecution of pagan Rome is another predestined age, not accidental but necessary for the renewal of a world.
Once the sting is resolved, the Church will enter the illuminate way, will they not? That is, they will probe the deposit of faith.
Too also, the dragon will seek to tear down the faith which emanates from the sources of above, in ANY world.
But HOW will the dragon attack the sources? Randomly? He has to have a plan, doesn’t he? Can he dethrone them all at once? With Bishops’ and martyrs’ blood on the ground so fresh, God forbid.
He’ll have to boil the frog slowly.
But then in what manner?
The dragon is not dumb, he knows all about the sources we just saw.
And hence, if a lawyer has conjectures of his enemy to dethrone, what can we say, will he come swinging out at the most evident things against him? No way. A smart but devious lawyer sets out to debunk the LEAST evident things first, then progresses toward the MORE evident.
Hence, the dragon will dethrone the sources in the order we have them, from LEAST evident, to MOST evident, that is, descending the list above.
Therefore, it is predestined in ANY fallen world that receives Incarnate One, the stages of doctrinal attack will be like our world in the big picture:
Attack Trinity and Incarnation Mystery
Attack Supreme Mediating Father
Attack General Mediating Fathers
Note, however, the Trinity and Incarnation has many mysteries and dogmas. Would probably be hard for the dragon to attack the Trinity and Christ all at once then. Therefore, first in part, then in full:
Attack Trinity and Incarnation Mystery in PART (initial confounding of doctrines on Trinity and Incarnation, but still retain Christ as final word, in our world, 300 - 600 AD)
Attack Trinity and Incarnation Mystery in FULL (totally deny Trinity and Incarnation and attack final nature of Christological Revelation by claiming SURPASSING Revelation to Incarnate One, in our world, 600 AD)
This second religion is just a type of Islam, hence Islam would exist in any fallen world that receives Incarnate One.
Then attack Peter, schism, our world, 1000 AD
Then get Bishops in part, to fall, our world, 1300 - 1500 AD
Then reject Bishops and Tradition (heretical rebellion, like Protestantism, our world 1500 AD)
Massive chaos breeds loss of faith in supernatural religion, even Scripture, a supernatural death retaining only Reason for religion (the “Enlightenment”), our world 1700 AD
Total darkness, reject even Reason, godless apostasy, our world, 1950ish AD