Clarifying the Islam Catholic connection

It appears there is a need to clarify the ISLAM CATHOLIC CONNECTION with broad strokes.

Herewith a more straightforward and condensed essay:

1. Spiritual and theological connection.

Both venerate Mary. The Quran dedicates  Surah Maryam (Surah 19, with 98 ayat) to Mary.

The hadith teaches that Mohammad selected Mary as his first wife upon entrance into Paradise.
Mohammad married Khadija, a Catholic, when he was 40.
The Catholics have gone as far as declaring Mary a co - redeemer with Christ.

Pope John Paul 11 has officially declared Allah to be the God of the Bible.

“The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are
 the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God,
 mankind’s judge on the last day.” (Catholic Catechism, pgs. 242, 243)

Both Islam and Catholicism have added to and subtracted  from the Bible.
Both deny the suffiency of the sacrificial atonement (crucifiction) and salvation by grace.
 Both teach that salvation is secured by works (self-effort).
Catholics require suffering in purgatory, sacraments and the mass on catholic alters for the atonement of sin.
Islam have their 5 pillars.

Mohammed simply plaigarised the bible as occassion would require.
 The Popes in turn invented the following extra-biblical dogmas:
 Sacraments, purgatory, the mass, papal infallability, Confession, transubstantiation, clerical celabisy, rosaries, Mary worship, veneration of statues, idols,
 images, relics, prayers to the dead (necromancy). None of these dogmas can be found in the Bible, no not one.


Both cults arise from Babylon

Many historians speculate Constantine’s ‘conversion’ to Christianity was likely a political maneuver that
 afforded him control over both the Christian and Pagan priesthood.
He took the title of Pontifex Maximus by issue of the Pagans and decreed Vicarius Christi by the Christians.
He remained however wholly pagan – he kept the pagan Altar of Victory in the Senate,
the Vestal Virgins; and the sun-god remained engraved on the imperial coins.
Pagan practices where incorporated wholesale into Christianity.

The Encyclopedia of Religion: "Allah is a pre-Islamic name corresponding to the Babylonian Bel"

Pilgramge to Holy sites. Catholics make pilgramage to Fatima, Islam to Mecca

 The Story of Civilization, writes,
Historian Will Durant:
Within the Ka'aba, in pre-Moslem days, were several idols representing gods.
One was called Allah; three others were Allah's daughters, al-Uzza, al-Lat, and al-Manat.
We may judge the antiquity of this Arab pantheon from the mention of Al-il-Lat (Al-Lat) by Herodotus
[fifth century b.c. Greek historian] as a major Arabian deity.
The Quraish paved the way for monotheism by worshiping Allah as chief god....

Initially Mohammad produced Koranic verses to sanction intercessory prayer to Mecca’s Female deities.
 Mohammad later revoked these verses, saying he had been influenced by the devil – later to become the literary work of salmon Rushdie
 ‘The Satanic verses’.
 But Mohammad, at this point was well accustomed to having supernatural visitations that supported his earthly ambitions.

 When contradictions were becoming  blatantly obvious to even well programmed Muslims it was decided that
later revelations (Medina n) would override earlier revelations (Mecca n).

Muslims have added the Hadith as a equally inspired authority to the revelations of the Koran, Roman Catholicism has likewise also added
 to the bible its own traditions and Ex cathedra, namely purgatory, papal infallibility, sacraments, rosary beads and other non-biblical

Mohammad removed the idols from the Ka’aba but retained the black stone and the practice of kissing it.
Many other very silly pagan rituals remained, such as throwing stones at pillars representing the devil.
 The crescent moon was the symbol of the moon god from the time of the Sumerians and the Babylonians.
It’s hardly a coincidence that Ramadan begins and ends at the time of the crescent moon

Thomas Freeman 2014/08/08 07:57:09 AM
All religions have evolved from previous ones. Protestant Christianity is NO different. No place for God belief in the modern era.
Solomzi Jijana 2014/08/08 08:04:08 AM
I like how objective this article is, I am a christian myself and agree that catholics have indeed created their own practices, for one of the oldest forms of Christianity they have absolutely no idea what the bible says the mere fact that they believe in purgatory shows that they don't understand the bible.
Guy M Artist 2014/08/08 08:20:00 AM
Wow, you have not just been sniffing socks you have been chewing them, right?
Enzo Ball 2014/08/08 08:35:38 AM
All fairy tales are somehow connected, both little red riding hood and the three little piggies had a wolf….
Daisy Jones 2014/08/08 08:59:11 AM
I'm just here for your picture.
Bruce Wilson 2014/08/08 09:43:01 AM
Pathetic how the religious fight amongst themselves. "My delusion is not as ridiculous as your delusion" Brainless! ..
RuudAwakener 2014/08/08 11:42:58 AM
As a former catholic, I must protest! Catholics do not worship Mary - she is not a god. They adore her - that's a very different thing. "The Catholics have gone as far as declaring Mary a co - redeemer with Christ". No. It's not formal doctrine. And you do it a disservice in how you state it, since the co-redeemer notion simply refers to her suffering in the carrying out of God's divine plan for salvation i.e. the loss of her son, her suffering at the foot of the cross etc. How would Rachel Corrie's parents have felt when she let herself be run over by an Israeli bulldozer? Of course Mary suffered in the salvation plan. But you're talking it up into more than it is. The fact that a pope may have written these ideas down has nothing to do with papal infallibility - he did not declare the statements to fall within that authority.
Lynn O'Shea Comley-White 2014/08/08 11:45:38 AM
Ugh! Shepherd! You are such an ignorant little eejit!
Tony Wellman 2014/08/08 12:23:34 PM
It sound as if the well-meaning writer has a "Bible Christian" (fundamentalistic?) background. I shared some of his sentiments - up to about 5-10 years ago. Maybe should read something like "Catholicism and Fundamentalism" by Karl Keating. What I have seen is a love for Jesus.
Anthony De Lucchi 2014/08/08 12:43:30 PM
What a silly argument, In the time of Mohammed ALL christians were catholic....the Crusades were also Catholic, dweeb