The Chrislam proponents are so willing to point out the “almost the same” character in the Quran named jesus that they will even stretch Scripture to prove their point. Let me show you what I mean.
Have you attended the “jesus in the Quran” seminar heresy? If you have one their books you should check on this yourself. In discussing the blessing that God (of the Bible) must have given to Abraham’s son Ishmael (recall that the Muslims believe that Abraham offered Ishmael and not Isaac as Scripture plainly says), they point to the passage found in Genesis in which Abraham asks God to bless Ishmael.
“And Abraham said to God, ‘If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!’ Then God said, ‘Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. And 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.’”
“Wait”, you say, “it *does* say that God will bless Ishmael in the last verse.” But the verse is being used by the jiQ folks to prove equality of the Muslim with the Christian. There are two immediate problems with their use of this verse to prove a covenant relationship for Ishmael. First, God didn’t say “Yes”, and second, Paul makes this ever clearer in Galatians. Let’s take the issues one at a time.
Notice I didn’t tell you what English translation of the Bible the jiQ folks used to make their teaching point. It was the New International Version (NIV), and it has a major problem. Here is verse 19 again as it appears in several other translations of the Bible.
“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.”
Genesis 17:19 KJV
“But God said, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.”
Genesis 17:19 NASB
“Then God said: No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.”
Genesis 17:19 NKJV
“But God replied, “No—Sarah, your wife, will give birth to a son for you. You will name him Isaac, and I will confirm My covenant with him and his descendants as an everlasting covenant.”
Genesis 17:19 NLT
Are you beginning to see the point? ALL other translations of the Bible have either a definite “No” or they portray God as simply ignoring the request. I urge you to do this exercise for yourself: go home and grab all of your different translations and read them all, compare them, and find another version of Scripture that agrees with the NIV and the jiQ folks. The NIV stands out like a sore thumb amongst other translations at being wrong! Of course that was explained in the course as well. According to the teacher, the modern translations of the Bible say “No” at this point, but ancient translations (their words) say “Yes” (and so they use the only modern version that matches the ancient version). It works for them – they exist to deceive and have found an errant version of Scripture that they can use to support their deception.
So let’s go find something a bit more reliable than an English translation to begin with. Let’s go to the original “ancient” version that they say has a “Yes” in it. You can’t get more ancient than Hebrew when concerning the Bible, so let’s go directly there. The following was copied from Blue Letter Bible.
So there’s the “ancient” translation that the jiQ folks want you to believe fits their story, but it doesn’t. The Hebrew translation doesn’t change with time like the many English translations. Please continue checking this for yourself. You have the original, the Strong’s numbers, etc. Have fun.
But there is still one more proof. Paul, in Galatians 4, takes the question of Ishmael vs. Isaac to a whole new level. Let’s read:
“For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.”
Notice the parts in bold print. Even if God had said yes to Abraham’s request, that would no more make him a part of the inheritance of God than Satan is right now. Blessings are one thing, but being heir to a covenant and life eternal is another thing altogether. Paul specifically says that Ishmael persecuted Isaac and it is that way even today, and he further instructs us to cast out Ishmael as he will “not be heir with the son of the freewoman”. Does this mean we are not to witness to the Muslim (son of the bondwoman)? No. We don’t serve that kind of a God – He is not willing that any should perish and we must witness to all. But it does mean that the bloodline for the covenant, God’s chosen people, is through Isaac and there is nothing that Ishmael has that is in relation to the inheritance that is yours, Christian. Because he has no inheritance from the Father, he cannot be part of the family unless he decides to deny the god of Islam and convert to Christianity and love.
Be careful when people talk to you about Islam and its comparison to Christianity. There is no comparison, the god of Islam is not the God of the Bible, and…
Jesus is NOT in the Quran!