I begin with the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
I joined the CAF with the intentions of gaining a better understanding about the differences and similarities between Islam and Catholicism for some personal research that I am doing. After participating in two discussion threads in the “non-Catholic religions” forum, I can honestly say that I got more than what I bargained for! But it is quite alright because through these discussions I have come to a topic of concern: Truth and Salvation.
In one of the threads a poster wrote:
We use both faith and reason to finagle truth,
I can understand faith and reason - but I find it rather strange that she would use the word “finagle” to describe truth or the method used to arrive at the truth.
*]to get (something) in a clever or dishonest way
*]to trick (someone) in order to get something
*]to use devious or dishonest methods to achieve one’s ends
*]to obtain by indirect or involved means
*]to obtain by trickery
Perhaps she meant something different by using that word … I have my own opinion about it but I will not share that here lest it be offensive.
In another thread a poster stated:
I would be very careful to suddenly disclaim a 2000 year old faith. Salvation is at stake here
From what I know is that even though the Catholic religion first taught that non-Catholics would not receive salvation, after the second Vatican council, the leaders of Catholicism changed their minds and said basically that people who believe in the Almighty Creator and practice their faith in Him with full conviction will also be saved. If certain Catholics take issue with that then it is between them and their church fathers.
The same poster followed up with:
God who is Merciful is the supreme Judge not me
This is a statement that every faithful adherent to Catholicism and Islam agrees with, even though their understanding of “who God is” differs. Catholicism teaches that Jesus - as God and man - is the supreme Judge. Islam teaches that Almighty God, the Creator of heaven and earth and all that is between them is the Supreme Judge. Through their faith and reason, both Catholics and Muslims arrive to what they deem to be the truth: the truth about the nature of God, the true way to worship Him, the true way to live their lives, and the true way to attain salvation. By knowing the truth and acting on the truth, we can attain salvation.
So while both faiths agree that God is the Truth, the crux of the matter lies in their different understanding about who God is. Their different understandings imply two possible truths but in the case of absolutes there cannot be more than one truth. So who is right?
]Catholics will say that Muslims have an incomplete understanding of who God is - an incomplete truth, (like a half - truth or better yet, a third- truth. Muslims belief in God is that of the Creator, Sustainer, and Maintainer of all that exists – to Christians he is the God of the Old Testament - or in Christian terms * - “God the Father”).
*]Muslims will say that Catholics ascribe to Almighty God that which is not befitting His Majesty and Honor, they finagle the truth based upon the teachings of a former enemy of what Muslims consider the true teachings of Christ (the religion of Abraham - Pure Monotheism as preached by Moses and previous prophets to the Children of Israel). The one known as Saul/Paul who saw a bright light and vision in which he claimed that Jesus Christ spoke to him and proclaimed to him that which was in opposition to the Law of the Children of Israel.
In this regard I can only say what is mentioned in the Quran:
Lakum deenukum waliya deen - to you be your Deen (religion and way of life), and to me my Deen. (Quran 109:6)
Ultimately we will all stand before God and be held accountable for what we believed in this worldly life and how we acted upon that belief . Thereafter we will finally know if we achieved Salvation or Damnation.
I ask Almighty God to guide us all to our salvation.