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WHO IS GREATER – JESUS OR MOHAMED?

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Selassie Ameko
Date:
2015-02-01 13:22:08


The last prophet, or final prophet, is a term used in religious contexts to refer to the last person through whom God speaks, after which there is to be no other. The appellation also refers to that prophet which will induce mankind to turn back to God.

The phrase "last prophet" is used primarily in Islam, where it refers to Muhammad, whom Muslims hold to be the final prophet in the monotheistic Abrahamic tradition. Other religious traditions have used this or similar terms. Mani, founder of the Persian faith Manichaeism, also claimed to be the Seal of the Prophets and the last prophet.

In Mandaeanism, John the Baptist is considered the last prophet.

The Iglesia ni Cristo, an independent, non-trinitarian Christian religion based in the Philippines, professes that Felix Manalo was the last messenger sent by God to reestablish the original church founded by Jesus.

I was brought up a Presbyterian Christian and I know more about the Bible and its prophets than those of other religions. I have heard adherents of Islam claim that Mohamed, their prophet, was not only the “last’, but is also the greatest.

What is the criteria used as the basis for this claim? I will be grateful to hear from proponents of this. As it is Jesus I have learnt about, I think I can use his teachings as a pointer to such criteria.

LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF

When asked by one of the scribes which is the first (greatest) commandment of all, Jesus answered thus: "

AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH. The second is this, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' There is no other commandment greater than these." Mark 12: 28-31.

An expert in the Law subsequently queried Jesus as to who is his neighbour. The reply by Jesus is told in the famous parable of “The Good Samaritan”, Luke 10: 25-37. In essence, Jesus is telling us we are to love others regardless of their race or religion. The criteria is “need”. If they are in need and you are able, help your “neighbour”. But Jesus did not stop at “your neighbor”.

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

Mosaic Law, established during the wonderings of the Children of Israel in the Sinai desert after their Exodus from Egypt, taught that “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”. But in Mathew 5: 43-44, Jesus said, “Ye have heard that it has been said, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy. But I say unto thee, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you”

Wow, what a man we have in Jesus.

TURN THE OTHER CHEEK

I am sure if He was alive today, Jesus would have embraced Charlie Hebdo journalists, and kissed them on the cheek because Jesus further said, “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also, And if any man shall sue thee at the law, and take away they coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain” Mathew 5: 39-41

But why am I so sure Jesus would have kissed Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and not gun them down like some did? Because Jesus did not only talk his talk. HE WALKED HIS TALK.

FATHER FORGIVE THEM

After Jesus had been arrested, mocked my his enemies, scourged with Roman flagrum (metal tipped whip) and crowned with a crown made of thorns, and whiles he was being prepared to be put to death, Jesus offered this saying unto God, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.

Mmmmm, some only yesterday beheaded their Japanese prisoner, all in the name of the person they consider the greatest prophet.

One final point I wish to make. Man’s social progress has been from cave dwelling hunter gatherer, when the law of the jungle was the norm, to a more civilized existence, with laid down laws for guidance. In the religious context, we moved from the Mosaic era, when an eye for an eye was the guiding principle, to the time of Jesus, one thousand five hundred years later, when “turn the other cheek” and “forgive even your enemies” was espoused.

So if we make an assumption that religious progress is linear, from "an eye for an eye" to 'forgive your enemies", and Mohamed came five hundred years after “forgive your enemies”, what did he preach which outshone Jesus to such an extent, Moslems claim he is the greatest prophet?

SILian Islamist scholars, over to you.
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Yentie Obiaa
02-01 14:12
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Selassie Ameko
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