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The myth of “three Abrahamic faiths”

I once had a pastor who told me that he made it a point to avoid any religious criticism of Jews, Catholics, and Muslims. When I asked him to explain, he stated that all of them were Abrahamic faiths, that all Christianity (Protestant and Catholic), Judaism, and Islam can trace their spiritual heritage back to Abraham. Therefore, he felt it was wrong to say that any of them weren’t from God.

This is what he learned in Bible School and apparently this is what is taught in some seminaries. Is this really true? Let’s examine the facts.

The Jews

Judaism is the earliest of the three religions and those who are Jews in the physical sense of being of the Hebrew people can trace their physical heritage back through the 12 sons of Jacob back through Isaac and back to Abraham. But Judaism itself was not established until the law of Moses was instituted after the Hebrews left Egypt. Before the Mosaic law, Abraham and his descendants worshiped Jehovah apart from those laws.

The Mosaic law was established so God could make clear what sin was and to symbolize that a Messiah, a Redeemer, would one day come to save mankind from sin. But following Jewish laws were not what made Abraham right with God since he came before the law. Abraham, when he was still Abram, lived a life of faith in Jehovah after God called him out from among his people [Genesis 12] and his faith in God, including God’s promise of a coming Messiah, made him a righteous man.

God established Old Testament laws to be a temporary form of worship until the appointed time when the Messiah would come to fulfill the law on behalf of the Jews and to move the Jews away from the Old Testament into a New Testament, or Covenant. But along the way, the Jews used the law in unlawful ways to establish their own righteousness by their man-made traditions and idolatry. This led them to harden their hearts against God and to form a “salvation-by-works” religion [Romans 9:32], which isn’t a true religion. So even when the Jews claimed Abraham as their father, the Lord Jesus told them “If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham,” [John 8:39]. And that work of Abraham was faith in Jesus as Lord.

Real Jews are those of Hebrew heritage that believe in Jesus of Nazareth as the promised Messiah. They are Jews spiritually, not physically [Romans 2:28-29]. Since the majority of Jews are not doing the works of Abraham by believing that Jesus is Lord, they don’t have Abraham’s faith and cannot be considered an “Abrahamic faith.”

This does not mean God has written off Israel. He has established an everlasting covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that promises that all living Israelis will one day be saved when Jesus returns to defend Israel from their enemies and they will look on the one they pierced [Zechariah 12:10; Romans 11:25-19]. This is why Christians should love Jews even when we don’t agree with them. And this is why the United Nations and any nation, including Arab nations, that hate Israel are fighting a losing battle when they come against Israel.

The Muslims

Arabs are descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s firstborn, and an Arab named Muhammad (Mohammed, Mahomet) started Islam in the 600s AD, although Muslims consider him to be just a continuation of the line of prophets named in the Bible. They claim the god they worship, Allah, is the same as Jehovah.

Since they descended from Abraham and claim the same god of the Jews and Christians, religious leaders in all three religions believe Islam is Abrahamic. But just like Jesus told the Jews, “If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham,” [John 8:39-40]. Abraham, as I said before, had faith in God and faith in God’s Son, the Lord Jesus. That is the work that made him righteous before God.

Muslims, just like the unsaved Jews, believe in a “salvation-by-works” religious system. Among the works they believe ushers them into paradise are the fulfillment of their five pillars and the establishment of sharia, a system of geopolitical laws tied to their religion. Within sharia are laws that mandate the subduing of all non-Muslims and women to second-class citizenship or to slavery or to death if they don’t comply. Sharia also teaches it is okay for Muslim men to sexually assault anyone who doesn’t comply with Islam, regardless of their gender.

So we see in Islam a whole plethora of things that Abraham would never do. Furthermore, the Quran makes many factual errors about Abraham such as the claim that Abraham worshiped at Mecca [Sura 14:37], but he actually worshiped in Hebron [Genesis 13:18]. Abraham did not believe in salvation by works. Abraham rejoiced to see the day of the Lord Jesus Christ, and he saw it and was glad [John 8:56], but Muslims deny Jesus Christ is the Lord and deny that God has a son. Abraham, as Jesus said, was not into killing people who spoke the truth. Muslims who establish sharia believe in killing those who speak the truth of the gospel.

Since Muslims do not display the same faith as Abraham, Islam is not an Abrahamic faith.

The Christians

Christianity was the establishment of God’s New Testament, or Covenant, with mankind, starting with the Jews. Jesus of Nazareth came to Israel in the first century AD to fulfill God’s laws for all mankind, to die for all of mankind’s sins, and to rise from the dead so that all who believe in him would be saved from their sins and would have the privilege of living forever with God their Creator. Jesus was the Christ, the Anointed One of God, and this is where the word “Christian” comes from.

We as humans are too weak to save ourselves and nothing we could do on our own would make us right with God, so Jesus stepped in on our behalf to bring us to God. The worship of Jehovah by man dates back to the beginning when God first created man on earth, but until Jehovah came in the form of Jesus, there was no permanent way for us to get rid of our sins. Believers before the Mosaic law and during the Mosaic law were saved by their belief that God would one day bring a Messiah just as he promised. This is the faith that Abraham had and still has today.

However, there are false Christians who claim Jesus, but believe their works save them or who claim Jesus and live in unrepentant rebellion against what he commanded. Nevertheless, genuine Christians know that without faith, it is impossible to please God [Hebrews 11:6]. Genuine Christians know that Jesus rose from the dead. They believe that God’s word is infallible from Genesis to Revelation because God has surrounded us with all kinds of evidence to back it up. Based on their faith in God and love for God, they carry out works that please God. Even when they stumble, they repent and continue on in their faith.

Since Christians have the same type of faith as Abraham and do the works of Abraham and do not seek to kill those who speak God’s truth [John 8:39-40], Christians are the only ones with “Abrahamic faith.”

This false idea of there being three Abrahamic faiths is the false belief behind the latest apostasy rising in some churches that is called “Chrislam.” Chrislam is nothing more than preaching a false Christ to kowtow to Islam and shows that the people peddling this false religion want to be friends with the world system.

–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–

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11 thoughts on “The myth of “three Abrahamic faiths”

  1. It is important to share these clarifications. I have also read in various research that the ‘god’ Allah is actually linked to an ancient (Babylonian) Moon god, a pagan deity identifiable by a crescent moon carved on his chest, (this moon remains a symbol of the muslim religion to-date). Certainly this god is not the god of Abraham. The God of Abraham said He was not an idol made by man. Also, written into the Moon God’s ‘theosophy’, For more reading on the ‘moon god’ history one reference is found here: http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/moongod.htm

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  2. Whatever u say truth is truth
    this moon god whom u are claiming god of islam is nothing but a hoax created by idol worshipers(christians) to prove their claim to jews that jesus is messiah
    just inventing myths and creating confusion against islam
    and your article is a joke for all scholars wheather be a jew or a christian or a moslem

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    1. Archaeological discoveries in the southern Arabian peninsula has already proven Allah was one of the titles of the moon god Sin. Allah has appeared several times in inscriptions found at ancient pagan worship sites of the moon god. That’s the true hidden history of who the false prophet Mohammed really worshiped.

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  3. “God established Old Testament laws to be a temporary form of worship until the appointed time when the Messiah would come to fulfill the law on behalf of the Jews and to move the Jews away from the Old Testament into a New Testament, or Covenant.” The Bible itself contradicts this patently ridiculous statement. Most forms of Christianity recognize this truth b/c it’s in the Bible. Denying so calls God a liar! This is heresy no matter what type of Christan you call yourself! Leviticus 7:36, Psalm 111:5-9, Psalm 105:8-11, 45, Psalm 119:144, Leviticus 3:17, Leviticus 6:18, Leviticus 6:22, Leviticus 16:34, Leviticus 16:29, Leviticus 17:7, Leviticus 23:14, Numbers 15:15, Numbers 19:21, etc. so on and so forth. The problem you have is that you confuse Jews with Christians. No matter what non-Jews want to practice and believe, that’s their business, but Jews are required to keep the laws of Moses, the laws of the Torah. They are not temporary, God Himself says so in the Torah!

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    1. Abigail,

      What I’ve said isn’t “patently ridiculous.” You say Jews are required to keep the Torah, but you list these scriptures without taking into account the whole context of the Torah and the Old Testament. Jews even today don’t keep the whole Torah. For example, God said in Deuteronomy 12 that once the Hebrews would settle in the Promised Land, there would be just one place in one city that the Lord would choose that would be the only place to offer their burnt offerings. That eventually was Jerusalem, and as you and the rest of the world knows Jews haven’t had a burnt offering in Jerusalem since 70 AD.

      The whole of the religious rituals in the law were conditional. They were based on the attitude and position of the hearts of those sacrificing. We find this out in Deuteronomy 28:15-68 when God established curses on the Hebrews if they turned away from him to serve other gods. They eventually did just that and received all of these curses and the curses that he mentions would make it impossible for them to fulfill their religious rituals or uphold their civil laws.

      You also overlook what the Hebrews understood–there were several parts to the Mosaic law. Some commandments dealt with diet, some dealt with offerings, some dealt with morals of the heart, some dealt with civic society. The laws dealing with the morals of the heart were the most important and the only ones to be accountable for forever. This is why Samuel told a disobedient King Saul in 1 Samuel 15:22-23, “Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
      For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.”

      Then David says in Psalm 40:6-9, “Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation…”

      The prophet Micah said in 6:7-8, “Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

      We also have these words from God through his prophet Amos in Amos 5:21-24, “I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
      But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”

      God even foretold that he would be doing “new things” in the earth where he would establish a different covenant to be a light to the Gentiles causing them to serve him because of the Messiah. This was proclaimed in Isaiah 42:1-9. God reiterated this “new thing” in Isaiah 43:18-19, a new covenant with others because of Israel’s continual rejection.

      This is the context you chose to omit in your comment. Not only that, but some of the scriptures you mentioned deal with Abraham’s covenant which precedes the Mosaic law and isn’t subject to the Mosaic law.

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  4. This is obvious that you are christian 🙂 AND i’m a muslim but everything you told about “sexual assualt” and “2nd class for women” in islam is not right..seriously 🙂 not even close. i’m actually jealous of muslim women having all financial security and priority when they go to public services while i’m standing in line with other men 😦 ask any western women who ever came to middle east..she will tell you the reality 😉 just don’t go often to listen him who tell you all this non sense. Peace

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    1. Whatever, Danish.

      You’re spouting the lies often told by Muslim men to reel in women. Then when they’re reeled in the abuse begins. So you can emoji all you like, but reality says differently than what you claim. For example–

      “Why would an American woman marry a Muslim man and convert to his religion and way of life?

      The answer might surprise you: She could have been tricked into conversion. And the result might be intense physical and emotional abuse.

      In growing numbers, women all over the United States are marrying Muslim men from other countries. Many find themselves trapped in a nightmare of oppression, abuse and control, according to W.L. Cati, founder of White Horse Ministries (formerlly Zennah Ministries), an organization that reaches out to women married to Muslims.” Elisabeth Farrell, How Christian Women Marry Muslim Men, CharismaNews.com, 1/17/15.

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    2. Lol. Of course islam says it is okay to hurt the non-muslims. They force their belief system and the hadiths even give suggestions of what to do to infidels (non muslims) like rape kill and terrorize them. It also says to fine non muslims or even kill them if they don’t convert. And apostasy is punishable by death. Even speaking or criticizing islam is not allowed. Koran teaches that death is the ultimate honor. That kiling a christian will earn a muslim a space in heaven. That muslims should die for their allah. In contrast to christianity which teaches that God so loved the world that Jesus died for his people. Oh and islam has this thing called taqiyya which says it is okay to lie to non muslims in order to promote islam. Among other deceptive tactics. The koran also says that allah is the greatest deceiver.

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  5. Dear Gods. Coming from a Pagan, you all need to actually read the Torah and the Quran before you decide that another group is following a false religion. This is a classic example of the egotistical and entitled attitudes of past Christians that led to the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Witch hunts and WWII. Why does your religion have to be better and more right? So, they believe in a work-based religion…what does that even mean? They received guidance from the same “one true God” and apparently spawned from the same two garden bound ignoramuses who had to eat a forbidden apple to gain any knowledge. Why must Christians always start wars with and feel it necessary to degrade anyone of even a slightly different opinion?

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