How many times have you heard it said that Christians, Jews, and Muslims all worship the same God, and that spiritually and morally the three religions are all based on the same concept of God? It is true that Ishmael, the father of the Arab nation, was the son of Abram and Hagar, Sarai's maid. But that was before God made His covenant with Abram and changed his name to Abraham. Concerning Hagar and Ishmael, we read in Genesis 16:11-12:
And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
And true to God's word, the descendants of Ishmael have plagued the civilized world for centuries with piracy, extortion, murder, terrorism, assassinations, suicide bombers, kidnappers, hijackers, and slavers.
Abram and Ishmael
Abram was 86 years old when Hagar bore Ishmael. But it was thirteen years later, when Abram was 99, that the Lord appeared to him and said:
And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, as for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee…. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. (Gen. 17:2-8)
But God did not include Ishmael in the covenant. We read in Genesis 17:19-21:
And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
As for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear thee at this set time in the next year.
In other words, God made His covenant with Isaac and not with Ishmael. And that may be why Muhammad so despised the Jews. He had read the Bible, and it is quite clear that Ishmael was not a descendant of covenantal Abraham but of pre-covenantal Abram. Despite this, Muslims claim that Ishmael was a descendant of Abraham. Muslims also reject the idea that God gave Canaan to Abraham's descendants as a gift. That is why they refuse to accept modern Israel's right to exist.
Also, and most important of all, the God who established a covenant with Abraham was also capable of begetting a son, Jesus Christ, whose mission it was on earth not only to save mankind from its sinful nature but to extend the covenant beyond the seed of Abraham to all of mankind. But according to the Koran, God did not have a son, and there is no salvation through the blood of Christ, for Jesus was merely a prophet.
In addition, Islam forbids Muslims from accepting salvation through Jesus Christ. Recently, in Palestine, a Muslim accepted Jesus Christ and went to a mountainous region to study the Bible and listen to cassette tapes. He was murdered, and his body, cut up into four pieces, was returned to his wife and two children.The family believes that this was meant to warn other Muslims against accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Allah, the Moon-God
Allah is not the Jehovah of the Old Testament. In fact, Allah is a version of the Moon-god, a pagan god in Arabia who was worshipped during pre-Islamic times. And that is why the Crescent moon is the symbol of Islam, and the month-long Ramadan fasting begins and ends with the crescent moon.
The evidence of this can be found in the extensive archeological digs in the Middle East over the last 100 years. A temple of the Moon-god was excavated in Ur by Sir Leonard Woolley. The examples of moon worship which he found can now be seen in the British Museum. In the 1950s, a temple to the Moon-god was excavated at Hazer in Palestine. Two idols of the Moon-god were found. Each was a statue of a man seated on a throne with a crescent moon carved on his chest.
Also in the 1950s, archeologists excavated sites at Qataban, Timna, and Marib. Thousands of inscriptions from walls and rocks in Northern Arabia have also been collected. Reliefs and votive bowls used in worship of the "daughters of Allah" have also been discovered. The three daughters, al-Lat, al-Uzza, and Manat, are sometimes depicted together with Allah the Moon-god represented by a crescent moon above them. The archeological evidence demonstrates that the dominant religion of Arabia was the cult of the Moon-god.
The oldest name of the Moon-God was Sin, of Sumerian origin. Hence, Sinai, or the wilderness of Sin. While the Arabs worshipped 360 gods at the Kabah in Mecca, the Mood-god was the chief deity. The Moon-god was also called Il or Ilah, which eventually became Allah.
Muhammad was raised in the religion of the Moon-god Allah. But he went one step further than his fellow pagan Arabs. While they believed that Allah, the Moon-god, was the greatest of all gods and the supreme deity of them all, Muhammad decided that Allah was not only the greatest god but the only god. Thus, he added the trappings of monotheism to his concept of the Moon-god. In other words, Allah is not Jehovah.
And this becomes obvious when one hears of the murderous rantings of Imams in the mosques preaching genocide against the Jews, encouraging children to become suicide bombers, promoting jihad against the infidels.
The followers of Jesus Christ largely conquered the western world by offering salvation, forgiveness of sin, and eternal life after death. They conquered by the Word of God, by the gospel, by the love of Jesus Christ. Islam conquers by the sword, by enslavement, brutality, and tyranny. A non-Muslim can only live in a Muslim country by accepting an inferior status.
While love and life are dominant themes in Christianity and Judaism, hatred and death are the dominant themes in modern Islam. The religions of the Bible and Islam are clearly opposite each other. Islam's pagan origin has made it a religion of Satan. It is not derived from the God on high who spoke to Moses. It is pagan in concept, pagan in practice, and pagan in results. That is why no Muslim nation has ever experienced or achieved the freedom and general prosperity that are found in nations based on Christianity.
Communism produced poverty and murder. Islam does the same. Millions of Muslims have been led to believe that theirs is the true religion. Which only proves that millions of human beings can be led down the path of misery and submission, enslaved by a religion of superstition, violence, and ignorance. All one has to do is look at a Muslim mob shouting and screaming, ranting and raving, to know that Muslims are driven by appeals to their emotions and not their minds.
It is only because they sit on an ocean of oil and have more money than they know what to do with that they have become a mortal danger to us. This is what happens when a religion of death and hatred has the financial means to spread its murderous philosophy across the globe. Their wealth has not provided philanthropy, but terror.
But there is an even more cogent reason why the Koran cannot be considered a furtherance of Biblical monotheism. For we are told in Revelation 22:18-19:
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book; and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
- Samuel L. Blumenfeld
Samuel L. Blumenfeld (1927–2015), a former Chalcedon staffer, authored a number of books on education, including NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education, How to Tutor, Alpha-Phonics: A Primer for Beginning Readers, and Homeschooling: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Children.
He spent much of his career investigating the decline in American literacy, the reasons for the high rate of learning disabilities in American children, the reasons behind the American educational establishment’s support for sex and drug education, and the school system's refusal to use either intensive phonics in reading instruction and memorization in mathematics instruction. He lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad and was internationally recognized as an expert in intensive, systematic phonics. His writings appeared in such diverse publications as Home School Digest, Reason, Education Digest, Boston Magazine, Vital Speeches of the Day, Practical Homeschooling, Esquire, and many others.