Islam appears at times to be taking over the world. Although I believe a majority of Muslims are peace-loving, the Koran advocates lies and violence. Allah is not the God of love Christians and Jews worship, and what some Muslims are willing to do to earn his favor is downright scary.
That’s not news, though.
Of course, without the existence of Mohammad, Islam would never have been born and we would be facing some other kind of major world threat. That’s how the world has operated ever since Adam and Eve introduced sin into the world when they abused free will.
So should we actually be blaming the original man and woman for Islam and all of the other ills of mankind? I suppose we could, but I don’t want to go back quite that far. Not for Islam, anyhow.
I’d pin the blame on Abraham and Sarah. You remember those two biblical characters? Abraham’s the fellow whose faithfulness pleased God so much that He promised to give him a son in his (very) old age, a son who would become the father of a great nation filled with countless future generations. The Jewish people, in fact.
But Abraham and Sarah got tired of waiting for God to keep His promise. Sarah wasn’t simply past child-bearing years; she was WAY past. So when she suggested that Abraham sleep with her slave, Hagar, Abraham didn’t object. A son–one who was truly Abraham’s son–resulted from that union.
Ishmael wasn’t the son God had intended to bless, however. He wasn’t Abraham and Sarah’s son.
After Sarah finally became miraculously pregnant–she was even older by that time–and gave birth to Isaac, she insisted that Abraham send Hagar and the baby out into the desert, to quickly be forgotten as a bad mistake on their part. Second guessing God just hadn’t worked.
But God promised Hagar to take care of her and her son and assured her that Ishmael would become the father of a large nation as well. In fact, Ishmael became the father of the Arab people.
So Abraham and Sarah’s efforts to sweep their mistake under the carpet has resulted in a severe threat to world peace today. If Ishmael and his mother had remained with Abraham for the rest of their lives, he would probably have adopted into the Jewish culture instead of fathering the first Arabs.
No Arabs would have meant no Mohammad, and no Mohammad would’ve meant no Islam.
You see why I’m blaming Abraham and Sarah for the problems violent Islam has caused and is continuing to cause?
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