This week’s Phil 410 article states that “Christianity is linked to Judaism through Abraham.” Although there is a true connotation regarding the origin of the Christian religion, I would rephrase it to “Christianity is linked to Abraham through Judaism.” Abraham is the one chosen by God as the father of many descendants, including the nation of Israel, through his son Isaac. The religion of Judaism claims its roots in Abraham and Isaac. Through Abraham was born Israel’s kings, specifically King David, whose lineage as king is linked in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Judaism predates Islam and Christianity and prophesies the Messiah, believed to be Jesus Christ by the Christians. Jesus’ genealogy in the book of Matthew is traced back to King David, Abraham, and Isaac with no mention of Ishmael; confirmed in the scriptures:
Act 13:23 Of this man’s offspring, God has brought Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised.
The offspring in Acts 13:23 is from King David commemorating that Jesus is the offspring “Son of David.”
Heb 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, Heb 11:18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”
NOTE: The writer of Hebrews in 11:18 is referencing Genesis 21:12 “Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”
Muslims believe it was not Isaac but Ishmael, Abraham’s firstborn son, who God requested as a sacrifice. Changing the character from Isaac to Ishmael changes the dynamic entirely to favor the Arabic nation and formulate an entirely different God without the Son of God or the Holy Spirit to complete the triune deity of the Christian religion.
“Through Isaac shall your offspring be named” The offspring in this verse is a prophecy of the Messiah Jesus Christ.
Mat 1:1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Mat 1:2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Abraham’s role is only similar to both religions in that they are considered monotheistic. The introduction of Abraham’s two sons presents an extreme dynamic that creates two entirely different Gods. The God of Islam Allah, and the God of Christianity, the I AM Godhead three in one.
Phil410. Abraham in Islam & Christianity.
Holy Bible. English Standard Version. Reformation Trust Publishing. 2017. Print.