He had been asked why he had converted to Islam and he responded that it represented an improvement on Christianity. He went on to state his view that an increasing number of people would embrace Islam and that states would increasingly come to use Sharia law. Few impartial observers would deny that forthcoming six centuries after Jesus, Mohammad was able to fix a number of the flaws that had crept into Christianity, but if this be taken to indicate that Islam is a religion acceptable for universal application in the present moment?
It’s often been stated that Arabia in the time of Mohammad was in a turbulent and lawless condition. At exactly the exact same time, Islam simplified Christian belief by excluding idolatry and removing the mythologies surrounding the birth and death of Jesus which were hang-overs in the religions of pagan Rome.
Mohammad recognised he came in a long succession of prophets stretching back through Jesus to Moses and outside, and that the teachings of those prophets were significant previous phases in the development of monotheism. The message of Jesus was about human human behavior: loving thy neighbour and turning the other cheek. The realisation of such a perfect life was hopeless without an ordered society and this is exactly what Mohammad brought. With every individual protected within an Islamic country it became possible to live as Jesus decreed.
Mohammad brought the era of the nation state and provided a legal framework for its only government. It was an improvement for its time but not a strategy for all time. The punishments under Sharia law are judged inhuman in a more enlightened age, pipes makes secure the eating of pork, and the long recognized equality of the genders precludes anything aside from one-to-one matrimonial relationships. Violent jihadism is a indication that Moslems are starting to doubt the permanence of the beliefs. So Islam can’t be considered the final stage in the development of religion, development being a process which may not end short of the death of the species.
The question remains: where can we find another stage in spiritual progress? What is now needed is a new prophet to promote a worldwide identity and a world united under a single democratically-elected universal government. A world government might appear a distant objective, but major religions have a dispensation of a thousand years or longer. So for those of a spiritual disposition, a search must start to get a religion in harmony with the aspirations of the contemporary world and fitting for international adoption.