The name of this Islamic ‘Messiah’ is Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Muslims feel justified in putting forward another Messiah, even though he does not fit the biblical description, because they base most of their beliefs on the Old Testament (but amended by Mohammed).
His message started in 1889, disseminated by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. They are certainly wrong in their devotion to this false Messiah, but at least they claim to be peaceful. (On the other hand, so do extremist terrorists).
Ahmad said “The mission for which I have been appointed is to remove that growing gap in the relationship between God and His creation, and replace it once again with the relationship of love and sincerity; and by allowing the truth to manifest itself, cause religious wars and discord to end, and thus lay the foundation for peace.”
Sounds good? It is just like the basis for much of New Age teaching, Gaia worship, the ‘green’ movement, and Quakerism, and just as erroneous. How different from the teaching of Jesus, who bluntly said:
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And a man's foes [shall be] they of his own household.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10:34-39)
Jesus is not a warmonger, but He knew that His gospel would divide people, not join them, even within families. He knew that others would hate Him and His people, and would plan to do them/us harm, even to war.
Ahmad “claimed under divine guidance to be the promised Messiah and the Imam Madhi, the advent of whom was being awaited in this age”. Of course, for this man, the ‘divine’ is encapsulated in Allah, who is not the God of scripture. So, his claim to be the promised Messiah must be understood in the Islamic sense, not the biblical sense. Even so, this Community has now got a presence in 195 countries and 160 million adherents. That is a huge number to follow a (biblically) false Messiah!
The current khalifa (leader) says that he continues the work of the ‘Messiah’ and “to deal with His creation with love, affection, harmony and tolerance.” It is a great pity they cannot teach this to their violent brethren! I am struck by his ‘green’ wordage. ‘Greens’ are atheistic and always talk about the creation rather than the Creator.
These Islamic groups raise money to support charities, which is commendable… but it is done for a wrong reason. It is good to abide by a desire for peace, unity, harmony, etc. But, we cannot have peace at any cost. This is biblical and societal fact! To a Muslim of any hue, Christians are anathema, so it is hard to accept that they tolerate Christianity and the biblical God. On the other hand, according to the current leader, Hadrhat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, it is part of his Community’s faith to be loyal to their country (in this case Britain: an address to Parliament, Oct. 2008). This may be true of his adherents, but not of terrorists.
Ahmad’s followers believe there is one ‘god’, who is ‘Allah’, and that whatever name any other religion gives to him, it is still the same ‘god’ – Allah! We know this to be untrue, but it is a standard Islamic belief. They believe “in all prophets” and in all their teachings. Again, this is impossible, for Jesus directly opposes Islam in His teachings! If they truly honoured all prophets, they would have to dismantle Islam!
This Community deviates from destructive Islam in that it has tolerance for all religions, and allows for them to preach and teach as they wish. It also believes everyone is equal, but that righteousness can elevate one higher than the others. This is a form of works. They condemn suicide bombings and violence, no matter what reason is given for them. This is because they have an utter belief in the sanctity of life. At least the Community shuns terrorism and promotes peace openly.
In many ways, there is little difference between this Community and Quakerism, for its modern motto is: “Love for all; Hatred for None. We serve humanity in many ways, including a wide range of activities that provide disaster relief, medical facilities, energy, education and self-help programmes across the world.” But, false religion is false religion, no matter how much good it enacts. I have given you this brief outline because the Community is presently pushing its leaflets though doors. www.alislam.org
© December 2011
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