I struggled with whether or not I should reblog this particular post. It was one that caused great confusion and, honestly, I am not sure it is 100% correct. However, I don’t think we can get a complete and accurate picture of the Muslim religion without it.
I have decided to share it, but it has been edited and greatly shortened.
Let me start off by saying this whole post was written with the belief that the Muslims’ claim that Ishmael was a descendant of Muhammad (the founder of Islam). On one hand, I can see how this may be true, but after further study, I am not 100% convinced.
Why does this matter? Well, it is important because there are some who are trying to push this whole “Chislam” religion, in which we combine Christianity and Islam, stating that we believe in the same God. They claim Allah is our God. I can’t stress this enough….GOD IS NOT ALLAH!!! You cannot have God in three persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) and God in just one (the Father) and call it the same god. Even if Muhammad can trace his lineage back to Ishmael, and thereby, Abraham, Christians and Muslims are not worshiping the same god. Muhammad made up his own god, Allah. It is not much different than those today who have made up a new Jesus, a Jesus all about love and who cares nothing about following The Word of God. You can call your god whatever you want, but if it is not God of the Bible, the Jesus of the Bible, then it is not God with a capital “G”.
Abraham, The Father of Islam (While We Were Sleeping #5 )Originally posted January 2015
Genesis 16: 1-16 (NLT)-Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “TheLord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. 3 So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram had settled in the land of Canaan.) 4 So Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. But when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with contempt. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “This is all your fault! I put my servant into your arms, but now that she’s pregnant she treats me with contempt. The Lord will show who’s wrong—you or me!” 6 Abram replied, “Look, she is your servant, so deal with her as you see fit.” Then Sarai treated Hagar so harshly that she finally ran away. 7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar beside a spring of water in the wilderness, along the road to Shur. 8 The angel said to her, “Hagar, Sarai’s servant, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress, Sarai,” she replied. 9 The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her authority.” 10 Then he added, “I will give you more descendants than you can count.” 11 And the angel also said, “You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael (which means ‘God hears’), for the Lord has heard your cry of distress. 12 This son of yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives.”
God’s promise to make Abraham the father of a great nation was taking longer than Abraham and Sarah would have liked. I think they still believed in God’s promise, but they got impatient and Sarah decided to help God along and took matters into her own hands. Boy, did she come to regret this decision!
Take a look again at v. 12 & 13 and hold on to it for a moment as their importance will become apparent shortly.
Now we know that approximately 13 years later, a son was indeed born to Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, and he would be the son who fulfills God’s promise to Abraham (God states this in Genesis Chapter 17). Once Isaac was born Sarah could not bear to see Ishmael, not only because he reminded her of Abraham’s time with Hagar, but because she did not want him to get any of Isaac’s inheritance and she feared he would try to harm Isaac. Therefore, Abraham had Ishmael and Hagar sent away (with God’s blessing).
Sounds harsh, but in verse 21, we will see that God does not leave them empty-handed.
Genesis 21:14-18 (NLT): 14 So Abraham got up early the next morning, prepared food and a container of water, and strapped them on Hagar’s shoulders. Then he sent her away with their son, and she wandered aimlessly in the wilderness of Beersheba. 15 When the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush. 16 Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards[c] away. “I don’t want to watch the boy die,” she said, as she burst into tears. 17 But God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, “Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.”
God promises that Ishmael’s descendants would be a great nation. Hmmmm.
Have you ever wondered why Muslims are fighting so hard for Israel? Well, it is because they believe it is their land as Ishmael was the promised son.
Go back to Genesis 16:12, where it states that Ishmael will be a wild, untamed man who would raise his fist at everyone. You have to admit that sounds like the Islam religion (whose founders may be descendants of Ishmael). Also, God promised both Hagar and Ishmael that his descendants would become a great nation. Supposedly, historians have accurately traced Ishmael’s descendants to the great nations of the Middle East.
Can you see once again how Satan likes to take a little bit of truth and mix it with untruths so that is harder to see through his lies?
Abraham and Sarah’s decision to take matter into their own hands and help out God may indeed have the most far-reaching consequences ever (well, next to Adam and Eve). Could they have known it at the time? No. But that just goes to show us how important it is to stay in the will of God. If Sarah had not convinced Abraham to have a baby with Hagar, and they had waited on God, Ishmael would not have been born, nor, some would say, Muhammad and the Islamic religion.
Once again, I can reiterate enough that Allah is not God. He is not God in Three Persons and he is not even God the Father. Allah is a new god made up by a man who may or may not be a descendant of Abraham and Ishmael.
Please be reminded that the purpose of this series is to inform and educate. It is not to promote hate of Muslims. In all actuality, this study has softened my hearts to Muslims as I have a much better understanding of where they are coming from. However, as good as Islam may sound, we cannot forget their ultimate agenda is to make everyone bow to Allah and,unlike Christianity, they are encouraged to use violence, lies, and deceit to do so.
Until next time,