"With us," continues Luther not without sarcasm,46 "the Pope is the real final Antichrist…. He rules masterfully — and raises his filth, his ‘Koran’ and his human doctrines, above God’s Word…. So too Mohammed…. The Pope exceeds even Mohammed!" Yet also Mohammed, felt Luther, is certainly a major false-christ and indeed also the false-prophet par excellence.
It is therefore very significant indeed that Islam itself claims47 that Mohammed is the Comforter Whom Christ, in John 14:16-26, promised to send. Yet Calvin very correctly comments48 there that "Mohammed and the Pope have this religious principle in common, that Scripture does not contain the perfection of doctrine, but that something higher has been revealed" — viz. either ecclesiastical tradition or