And we need a simple message of salvation. The Bible tells us how we can be forgiven, how we can be brought into a close relationship with God that begins now and lasts eternally. It is a message that changes our lives. Does God intend that we would start with Judaism, then change to Christianity, then change to Islam? Beginning with Abraham, God has been clear about revealing himself to us so that we could be in relationship with him.
A relationship, not a religion, is God's ultimate purpose in creating us. Let's look at the beginning, with Adam and Eve. They had direct communication with God, and all of their needs were met. Then Satan appeared to Adam and Eve as a serpent, and tempted them. Unfortunately they chose to believe Satan and disobey what God told them.
As a result, Adam and Eve fell out of relationship with God. But do you know what God immediately told Satan? God said that a woman's child would be Satan's enemy. God said that Satan would have partial victory, bruising the child's heel. But the child would deal the final blow, crushing Satan's head. Here it is:. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live. And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel. Throughout all of history, who is the only man born of a woman, and not from a man and a woman?
Jesus, the Son of Mary, right? Satan would strike the heel of this offspring of a woman. But the offspring would strike a blow to Satan's head.
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And the only way to kill a serpent is to strike its head. Satan dealt a blow to Jesus on the cross, when Jesus' feet and hands were nailed. But Jesus' delivered the crushing blow to Satan. On the cross, Jesus overcame Satan. Jesus paid for the sins of all humankind, offering everyone forgiveness and a way to come back into relationship with God. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering.
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows; yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities, and the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed. We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Who is the prophet Isaiah talking about? It's very clear. He is talking about Jesus. And when was this written? More than years before Jesus Christ. From the beginning, through thousands of years, God always said that Jesus will come and he will die, just like we read from Isaiah. What would you think of God if, at the very last moment, he changed his mind? What if, after thousands of years promising Jesus, God would change his mind and not have Jesus die for us?
God does not change his mind. God is spirit. And Jesus is only God's Son in a spiritual sense, not in a physical way. If someone says, "You are the Son of the Cedars" it means that person is from Lebanon. Or, if from Egypt, "You are the Son of the Nile. It is like a title. When the angel appeared to Mary, the angel said, "the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. Christians do not believe that God had any sexual relationship with any woman.
Isaiah said, "For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. He is God, who became a man, through Mary. He is God and Son at the same time, born of the virgin Mary. When Adam and Eve fell into sin, they passed on the sinful nature from one generation to another, through their own children, down to us. We are all born as sinners. We're all born with a tendency toward doing things our way, instead of God's way.
We all sin. That's why the prophet David cried out, "With sin, my mother conceived me. We live as sinful people and we all need a redeemer. But for Jesus to redeem us, he needed to have a different nature. He needed to be from the spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, no sinfulness at all. Isaiah said, "No deceit was found in him. In Scripture, God took on the form of a burning bush when revealing himself to Moses.
He took on the voice of heaven when speaking to Abraham. Who is to say that God is not allowed to take on the form of man in order to reveal himself to us? How did God test Abraham? He asked Abraham to put his son on the altar. As they were going up the mountain, the son asked, "Where is the offering? He will provide the offering. Then in Exodus, we see the importance of a lamb again. In Exodus, God warns his people in Egypt that he is going to strike the Egyptians. If those who believe in God will put the blood of a lamb on their doorpost, God would have the angel of death go past them, saving them from death.
A nation of believers were saved by one lamb. Then we see a lamb again in Leviticus. Every year the priest is told to take one lamb out of the city and sacrifice it for the sins of those people who believe in God. Each year, one people saved again by one lamb. Then we hear John the Baptist addressing a crowd, saying this about Jesus: "Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! What would have happened if Abraham had not listened to the voice of God, or had not believed that God was speaking to him? That's right, his son would have been killed!
So now is the question. Some 2, years ago, Jesus, the Lamb of God, hung on a cross, and gave his life for you. We are clearly told, "God shows his love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. What if you said, "No, they did not crucify him.
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He was not killed. What if you say that he was not killed, that this Lamb of God did not die for your sin, for your forgiveness? A great question. An illustration will help answer it. Let's say we have a vase. Esau Jacob. Main article: Binding of Isaac. Main article: Isaac in Islam. Judaism portal Christianity portal Islam portal.
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Lohr; David L. Petersen 20 March In Singer, Isidore ; Adler, Cyrus ; et al. Jewish Encyclopedia. Bruce, The Epistle to the Hebrews Marshall. Morgan and Scott, pp. American Journal of Archaeology. Adam to David according to the Bible. Names in italics only appear in the Greek Septuagint version. Prophets in the Hebrew Bible. Israelite prophets in the Torah. Mentioned in the Former Prophets. Italics indicate persons whose status as prophets is not universally accepted.
Prophets in the Quran. Idris Enoch? Nuh Noah. Hud Eber? Saleh Salah? Ibrahim Abraham. Lut Lot.
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Ismail Ishmael. Yaqub Jacob. Yusuf Joseph. Ayyub Job. Shuayb Jethro? Musa Moses. Harun Aaron. Dhul-Kifl Ezekiel? Daud David. Ilyas Elijah. Al-Yasa Elisha. Yunus Jonah. Zakaria Zechariah. Yahya John. Isa Jesus. Muhammad Muhammad.
Note: Muslims believe that there were many prophets sent by God to mankind. The Islamic prophets above are only the ones mentioned by name in the Quran. Saints of the Catholic Church. Gabriel Michael Raphael. Matthew Mark Luke John. Military saints Athleta Christi Virtuous pagan. Catholicism portal Saints portal. Namespaces Article Talk. Sarah, conscious of her condition, decided to help God out. She offered her maidservant Hagar to Abraham with the hope that Hagar might conceive and bear the child of promise.
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Abraham agreed to take Hagar as his concubine. She conceived and bore Ishmael Genesis God allowed Ishmael to be born but Ishmael was not the child of promise God had in mind Genesis God promised a child through Sarah , not Hagar Genesis , and in due time God fulfilled His promise. For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him-whom Sarah bore to him-isaac. Isaac later begot Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes of Israel, and the Messiah, Jesus Christ, eventually came into the world through the nation of Israel, fulfilling the covenant which God had made with Abraham. God also promised to give the land of Canaan Palestine to Isaac's descendants, the land which Israel possesses today Genesis ; ; ; ; ; ; ; The problem is that the Qur'an teaches that Ishmael was the child of promise Sura ; compare Sura with Genesis and so Muslims believe that God's covenant promises were meant for Ishmael's descendants, not Isaac's.
Muhammad descended from Ishmael and so Muslims seek to lay claim to these covenant promises, namely the land of Palestine. Since Israel's U. That Israel remains today is a miracle in-and-of itself. Yes, I want to follow Jesus. I am a follower of Jesus. I still have questions.