Let’s Blame Abraham and Sarah

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?

Please feel free to leave a comment. I don’t know if any Muslims will chance upon this post, but I’d welcome your opinions.


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4 thoughts on “Let’s Blame Abraham and Sarah

  1. Nice take on an old story.
    Ishmael was basically a bastard and a fatherless child in that he didn’t live with his dad and Hagar wasn’t his wife.
    Me, I think old Abraham didn’t show much faith in taking Hagar to bed. Or should I say, he didn’t wait upon God as a faithful man should but took matters into his own hands. This is something very common we see everywhere. The reason there are thousands of fractal sets of Christianity is precisely for this reason. Folks think they can read Gods’ mind and go and do as they see fit.
    As for Islam being an evil, devil worshipping religion, well, you couldn’t be closer to the truth if you called the Pacific ocean the wettest place on Earth. They are some bad, sick, hateful people. Reminds me of Christians during the middle ages.
    Faith should be simple but it’s not. There’s just not enough tangible evidence out there to drive the average sinner into redemption. Lip service is the norm. Few people who I hear call themselves Christians are actually Christ-like. So I just waver on the fringes looking for a beacon that is neither delusional nor hypocritical. It’s tough to find a faithful person. That’s why God must have picked Abraham.


    • I couldn’t agree more about Abraham and Hagar and Ishmael. Or about Islam.

      I’m not as sure I agree for the reason for the “fractal sets of Christianity,” however. In many cases it’s a matter of interpreting the Bible (or even just small parts of it) differently, while ignoring other parts. However, you may be right about some of the divisions resulting from trying to read God’s mind. I used to get tickled (and yet frustrated) when both sides of an issue at a church business meeting claimed that God had affirmed their side of it.

      I dare say there are a number of so-called Christians whose lives don’t show the kind of evidence we would expect from true Christians. I agree that Christian behavior should be one way and one way only: Christlike.

      It’s impossible to know how many of those questionable Christians (from our point of view) may be struggling to overcome habits and attitudes they know to be un-Christlike. I could easily name at LEAST two or three ways in which I fail God daily…and plenty of others that surface far too often.

      In short, I know I’m not a perfect Christian, but neither do I know anyone who claims to be. The important thing is recognizing that I’m a sinner, accepting the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and His subsequent resurrection, and seeking His forgiveness for my sins. But that doesn’t make me perfect by any means, and I won’t be perfect until I reach Heaven.

      Some years back, a popular Christian song said, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” I think that’s the most valid way of trying to judge how closely someone is walking with the Lord.

      Christianity shouldn’t be judged by the failure of many of Jesus’ supposed followers, but by God’ Holy Spirit assuring us that Jesus was everything the Bible said and that “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish,but have eternal life.” That verse doesn’t place any conditions on becoming a Christian.

      But someone who becomes a follower of Jesus is going to want to do as Jesus does. That will take a lifetime, even for the most sincere believers.

      Tom, I just want you to know that I pray for you daily in your search for truth. You know so much about the Bible, but my prayer is for you to become a follower of the God of the Bible.


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