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mop up

I believe that in my previous three posts in this series I have adequately refuted the main point from a piece from the Huffington Post titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  This post is a “mop up” of some of the other fallacies the author committed in his attempt to argue that the Jesus prophecied about Muhammad.

One of the interesting argument that the writer gave is based upon 1 John 4:2.  I will quote 1 John 4:1-3 for context:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

The quotation comes from the NASB.

Here’s the guy’s argument:

The author of 1 John is especially worried about Docetic versions of Christianity that had developed denying that Jesus “came in the flesh”; in these versions of Christianity Jesus was not an actual human being but rather an angelic being that only appeared to be human. Such a version of Christianity, obviously, would have been quite disconnected from the actual teachings and values of Jesus of Nazareth and his earliest followers, who knew him as a real human being. It is worth noting that Muhammad meets these criteria insofar as the Qur’an affirms that Jesus is the Messiah and that he “came in the flesh.”

He thinks Muhammad meets the requirement of 1 John 4:2 that therefore makes Muhammad a true prophet.  Hm.

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