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Since Abraham was originally Arabic do not Islam and Christianity share the same roots?

Was Abraham an Arab? Does it matter?

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It is hard to understand why you think Abraham was originally Arabic.Abraham was a descendant of Shem and came originally from Ur of the Chaldees. He lived about 2000BC.The Old Testament narrates (Genesis 12) that God called him to leave Ur and go to a land that God would show him.He brought him to the land known as Canaan named after a son of Ham, Shem’s brother.God promised Abraham the land of Canaan for an everlasting inheritance.

Genesis 13:17 "Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you."

This requires the resurrection of Abraham from the dead which was to be made possible by the victory of one of his descendants over sin and death.Abraham was promised that through this same descendant all nations of the earth would be blessed.

Genesis 22:18 "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."

The New Testament writers show that this descendant was Jesus Christ.

Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ.

Those who believe the Gospel and are baptised into Christ become heirs of the promise made to Abraham.

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

This is the Gospel preached in the New Testament.

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

This seems clear and straight forward – we have a choice – believe the Gospel, be baptised and be saved or don’t believe and be condemned.

It is reinforced by:

John 8:24 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Acts 4:12 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

Acts 17:31 "because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."

In this way the Old Covenant that God made with the descendants of Abraham is replaced by the New Covenant in Jesus Christ and made available by belief and baptism to both Jew and Gentile including Arabs.

If we want salvation there is only one gospel that can give it.

Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

The Arabs came into existence after Abraham.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab

"Arab" is defined independently of religious identity, and pre-dates the rise of Islam, with historically attested Arab Christian kingdoms and Arab Jews. The earliest documented use of the word "Arab" as defining a group of people dates from the 9th century BCE. Islamized but non-Arabized peoples, and therefore the majority of the world's Muslims, do not form part of the Arab World but comprise what is the geographically larger and diverse Muslim World.

Islam is a religion that had no existence before Mohammed (born 570CE died 632CE) and Allah is not the God revealed in the Bible, but Mohammed’s invention. He astutely, from a political point of view, consolidated the Muslim pantheon of pagan gods into the worship of the chief god, Ilah, the moon god, who went from being a god to THE god, al-Ilah or Allah. Hence the Islamic symbol of the crescent moon. Mecca and the Ka’aba were in use long before Islam arose.It was the focus of pagan adoration of over 300 deities of whom the moon god was chief. Even the rites of circling the black stone and throwing rocks at the devil were in place before Islam.Mohammed merely co-opted this deity and these rituals for his own political purposes – to unite the Arab world.

See http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/moongod.htm

We cannot worship God how we choose; the Old Testament makes it abundantly clear that we must worship God in the way he instructs us to.There is no correlation between Mohammed’s god and the God of the Bible.

Mohammed did not die to save his people from their sins.There is no salvation in Islam.

Neither Anglicans nor Catholics worship the God of the Bible. They worship a trinity and have corrupted the New Testament Gospel to the point where it cannot save.The Bible is the only word of God extant. Those who do not believe and obey the gospel taught in it will not be saved.Like the Jews of Jesus’ day:

Mark 7:7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

The Christian Church had fallen into apostasy by the fourth century when it began to kill people in the name of Christ. It actively supports ‘just’ wars and would still kill ‘heretics’ if it could.Islam made converts by the sword and still kills in the name of Allah.None of them know the true God.

The commandments of Christ are:

Mark 12:30 ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.31 "And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these."

Our neighbour includes our enemies.

Matthew 5:44 "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

We cannot destroy our fellow man in the name of God.

1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

The way to life is narrow and few find it.

Matthew 7:13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

14 "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

The purpose of this site is to encourage people to read the Bible and see for themselves that the teachings of mainstream ‘Christianity’ and Islam cannot save because they teach for doctrines the commandments of men.

I hope this helps.

Glenn Smith

 
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