This week you are going to finish up in your reading the story of the formation of the Jewish people as God’s chosen people as you follow Abraham’s line through Issac, Jacob, his 12 sons, the story of Joseph and how God providentially moved a family to Egypt where it grew into a nation.
But before we move ahead, I wanted to share an important clarification about Abraham. This is important because Abraham is a primary person not only in the Christian faith, but he is also in the Jewish and Muslim faiths. We often hear these three faiths described as “Abrahamic faiths” and based on that, there is often an unspoken assumption that we all believe the same things at our core.
Sounds good doesn’t it? But is it true?
Look at the real history, to find out the truth of the assumption
It’s very important that you understand that there is a VERY BIG difference between what Muslims and the Koran believe and teach about Abraham and what the Christian Bible teaches.
The Koran, written over 2,000 years after the Old Testament accounts of Abraham presents a fanciful, mythological life filled with blatant historical errors. This Abraham has little in common with the Biblical Abraham other than his name. The lesson below illustrates this and you’ll understand what I mean by quickly going through the full size slides (just click on the image and they will come up).
The lesson also goes on to illustrate what the Koran says about Jesus–which, again though they use the same name, has nothing to do with the historical person of Jesus.
Showing that the history of a certain religious belief system is either true or false is a long way from trusting Jesus as personal savior–but we must be clear that the Christian faith is verifiable in true history and the Muslim faith is not.