John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
‘“Catholic Answers Ducks Loaded Question,” by Jules Gomes, ChurchMilitant.com, September 15, 2020:
SAN DIEGO (ChurchMilitant.com) – A prominent Catholic apologist has sparked an explosive debate after he evaded a charged question asking whether the Catechism was right to affirm that Muslims “together with us [Catholics] adore the one, merciful God.”
A questioner asked Tim Staples how the Catholic Catechism’s teaching on Catholics and Muslims worshipping the same God squared with Jesus’ words “whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him,” from John 5.
In the Sept. 5 video titled, “How Do Muslims Worship the Same God as Christians?” Staples, who is Catholic Answers’ Director of Apologetics and Evangelization, quotes Jesus’ words: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by me.” (John 14:6)
However, the apologist immediately digresses into a discussion on “invincible ignorance,” insisting that “to knowingly reject the Son is to reject the Father.”
The apologist then links this doctrine to paragraph 841 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “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.”
Staples acknowledges that paragraph 841 is quoting Vatican II’s Lumen Gentium 16, but insists that this teaching is “not contradicting Jesus Christ.”
“Jesus’ Church is simply elucidating what Jesus teaches,” Staples stresses, in defense of Vatican II.
But nowhere does Jesus or the Bible or 2,000 years of Sacred Tradition teach that Muslims are included in God’s plan of salvation. The theological assessment that “Islam’s God is also the same God as worshipped by Catholics,” as theologian Gavin D’Costa phrases it, appears for the first time in Vatican II in Nostra Aetate 3 and Lumen Gentium 16.’https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/09/catholic-spokesman-evades-question-about-whether-catholics-and-muslims-worship-the-same-god?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the_2020_09_18_jihad_watch_daily_digest&utm_term=2020-09-18
1John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.