Confusion In Religion

It may not be easy for you to continue reading. You may recognize and readily agree to the confusion and deception that you see in the religious beliefs of others. But when it comes to what you believe, can you admit error when it is pointed out to you? Most people cannot, because interference with one's personal religious beliefs is more than they can bear.

Most people simply cannot admit error in personally-held religious beliefs. When people are in error, their deeply-held prejudices make it nearly impossible for them to acknowledge that they have embraced lies from very early in life.

We are now going to delve more deeply into the "sacred" realm of personally-held religious beliefs. Questioning one's religious beliefs is highly offensive to most people.

It was stated earlier that this book was not being written from any influence from any of the religions of this world. However, it is written from revelation from the one and only true God of all eternity. People in this world do not know their roots, true identity or the true history of their existence.

To Islam, Allah is God and this God is one. Allah is the Arabic word for God and simply means the supreme and only God, the creator, who according to the Qur'an is the same as the God of the Bible—the God of Abraham.

Those of Judaism believe that God is one, but call Him by the Hebrew words of El and Yahweh.

Both Islam and Judaism share the truth that the one true God is the God of Abraham, but other understanding has become deeply clouded over the centuries.

Different languages do not alter the truth. If anyone refers to the one true God of eternity, who was the Allah of Abraham or the El of Abraham, then they are referring to the same one true God—the Creator of all the universe.

Both peoples have their roots in the God of Abraham, who is the one and only true eternal God. There is no other eternal living

God. So why are their beliefs so different when both recognize they have sprung from Abraham and proclaim they follow the same God of Abraham?

Why such confusion and bitterness toward one another? This is a centuries-old story.

Abraham and Sarah were promised a son through whom God would work, but as Abraham (Abram) grew old and Sarah was beyond age to conceive, the time seemed to have passed them by for any possibility to have a son. So they agreed that Sarah's handmaid, Hagar, an Egyptian, could give Abraham a son. The story is found in Genesis 16 in the Bible.

Sarah actually gave her handmaid to Abraham to be his wife, but when Hagar conceived, her attitude changed and she began to despise Sarah. With Abraham's permission, Sarah confronted her handmaid; and as a result of this harsh confrontation, Hagar fled into the wilderness.

You need to know what happened next because the events that followed laid the groundwork for two great religions in the world. These two religions carried deeply-held bitterness and envying with them from that time forward, and it has existed through the ages.

A messenger of God came to Hagar by a fountain of water in the wilderness of Shur and asked, "From where do you come and where will you now go?" She explained that she had fled from her mistress, Sarah, but the messenger of God replied to her, "Return to your mistress and submit yourself unto her hands." The messenger then continued with God's instruction for her, "I will multiply your seed exceedingly, that it shall not be able to be numbered because of such multitude of people." The messenger added, "Behold you are with child, and you shall bear a son, and you shall call his name Ishmael [meaning, "God shall hear"] because the Eternal One has heard your affliction."

Although Hagar went back to Sarah as the messenger said, the rift between the two women continued; and since then, the same spirit has been passed along. It is one of envy, distrust, competition, pride, jealousy, and bitterness. This spirit has literally been passed on from generation to generation through both peoples.

Islam sprang out of Abraham through Hagar. Since God's word is true, the descendants of Hagar, through Ishmael, have become great on the earth. It is impossible to make an exact count of every descendent because they cover such a vast region throughout the Middle East and other areas of the world. Today, these same descendants have grown into greater power and influence because of the abundance of oil they have been blessed to possess. Due to oil, the world has given them more recognition. It is a shame that such a thing has to happen before others finally begin to show the consideration and respect they should have shown all along. Man can truly be cruel to man.

These descendents of Abraham, through Hagar, know that the audience they have received from the western world is not very genuine, but only the result of the world's reliance on oil. Mankind is a very selfish creature!

These attitudes in the world are the reason why much of the world of Islam has turned to deep resentment and bitterness, especially toward the western world. It is easy to understand, if you're willing to admit it; but on the other hand, it does not justify jihad against others. Yes, there is deep-rooted bitterness, and understandably so; but if people want to truly make peace, then they must learn to submit to the will of God. God's will for man is that he turn to a genuine spirit of humility and a true willingness to work at making peace. Peace does not come naturally. The God of Abraham plainly declares that man does not know the way of peace.

Many teachings in the world have their roots in the Word of God. Islam means "submission to the will of God." Those who truly follow the path of submission will be blessed. What was stated by their own Prophet Mohammed is true, "The best jihad is the one who struggles against his own self for Allah." He understood that the noblest battle anyone could ever hope to enter into is that of fighting against one's own "selfish" human nature in order to yield oneself to God—in obedience to God.

Muslims greet each other with "slam alaikum," which means "peace be with you." Although such a greeting is good, peace does not come by well wishing, but by visible actions that help make it a reality. It is true that peace between the descended half-brothers of the two sons of Abraham will not be brought about by man's efforts, but first by God's intervention to humble both so that they will work toward peace—God's way and with His help. This centuries-old rift cannot be healed by man's own efforts, even if man genuinely tried to do so.

The One who is recognized in the beginning of the Qur'an as "Master of the Day of Judgment" is about to pass out judgment upon mankind by overthrowing every government of man. It is also a true saying that, "if anyone harms (others), God will harm him, and if anyone shows hostility to others, God will show hostility to him" (Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1625). Be careful how you follow God in the few remaining years before God overthrows man's world.

There are teachings in Islam, Judaism and Christianity that clearly have their roots in the truth that originates from the God of Abraham; but as we continue, it will become abundantly clear that these major religions have strayed very far from the God of Abraham.

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