How many of you have adopted children? I have none, but I do have a step-grandson, and we love him just as much as any of our natural-born children or grandchildren and see no difference whatsoever. In fact, I never even refer to him as anything other than “grandson” except right here and now just to make this point. If you have anyone in your family like this, I’m sure you can agree with me. The love of Jesus (of the Bible) is enough in a Christian to look past things such as whether or not a child is literally born of the family and we see no difference – they were given to us as gifts of treasure from Yehovah God (of the Bible) and we love them fully, even in the face of their faults, mistakes, and yes, their sins. That’s what He did for us, isn’t it?
So why address the topic of adopted children? Well, most Christians don’t know much of the concept of adoption from an Hebraic perspective, so this talking point will teach a bit about how God (of the Bible) views adoption and then we’ll see what the false god of Islam has to say about the same concept. You’ve got it…another talking point that exposes the difference between the god of Islam and the God of the Bible (hey, that’s what the site is all about!).
Read this through to see the beautiful picture that God (of the Bible) has given us regarding sons and adoption. In the Hebrew culture of Scripture, the parents were responsible for the children and their education. The instructions of God (the Torah) were taught to the children by the parents. But before a boy was called a son, he went through stages of life that we would equate to by using terms such as infant, child, adolescent, or youth. In the Hebrew and Greek cultures, a boy, until he reached a certain age, listened to and learned from his tutor/parent like any other child. But when the boys reach a certain age, they sometimes go through a ceremonial process of becoming a “son.” Some cultures call this the age of accountability; you hear it referred to today as a bar mitzvah.
While there are differences in the way modern bar mitzvahs are conducted, there are certain things that take place in all:
- The boy will be the right age
- His parents are to be present
- He will be called up to read the Torah portion for that time
- When he is finished, he will be called a “son of the commandments,” and the father will bring forth or present his son to the congregation
- The son will now be responsible for himself, and is expected to follow in his father’s trade
We can see this same ritual being played out in the story below in Luke:
“Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss Him at first, because they assumed He was among the other travelers. But when He didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for Him among their relatives and friends. When they couldn’t find Him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for Him there. Three days later they finally discovered Him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” His mother said to Him, “why have You done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for You everywhere.” “But why did you need to search?” He asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in My Father’s house?”
(Other translations end that passage with “…about my Father’s business?”)
When we are children, we obey because we are told to. We are no different than a servant following orders. But there will come a time when the child will become a son. Paul uses the example of God’s own Son (Jesus of the Bible), to illustrate the process we go through. When Jesus grew up, He was no longer under his parents’ tutelage, but He kept all the commandments because that is what He was taught. So He is found teaching among the teachers. Likewise with us, when the right time has come and we are no longer under our parents’ rule, and yet we continue to imitate our parents, we are truly sons and daughters, and are no longer children. Because Jesus (of the Bible) is our walking example, when we follow in His footsteps, we too are now “sons of the commandments,” no longer under the tutelage of our schoolmaster, and we can now produce our own fruit. You and I are now able to cry out, Abba, Father!
“To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”
In the Hebrew context, this is the culminating process of a child becoming a son. Even though this “son” may have been naturally-born to the parents, he wasn’t considered a “son” until going through and experiencing this adoption moment.
One other way to think about this is in the context of an inheritance. If a child is still living at home, still under the schoolmaster, he may be an heir, but due to his youth and lack of maturity, he cannot receive any inheritance. In other words, he is no different than a servant. But when that child continues in his father’s instructions and is then placed as a son (bar mitzvah), he is not only an heir, but can also receive his inheritance.
In summary, all sons are “adopted” in the Hebrew sense, just as were you, Christian, when you answered His call to service. If it pleases you that you are adopted, it should please you to understand the idea behind such an adoption.
Not only should it please you, it should also show you a huge difference between the god of Islam and the God of the Bible. The following is what Islam’s false god has to say about adoption.
According to the Shariah law (Islamic law), there is no legal adoption. It is prohibited for a person to legally adopt a son or a daughter of whom he is not the biological father. If a person adopts a son or daughter, the Shariah will not confer on the adopted person the status or rights of a biological son or daughter. The Quran says:
“…And He [the god of Islam] has not made your claimed [i.e., adopted] sons your [true] sons. That is [merely] your saying by your mouths, but Allah says the truth, and He guides to the [right] way. Call them [i.e., the adopted children] by [the names of] their fathers; it is more just in the sight of Allah. But if you do not know their fathers, they are your brothers in religion…”
Sura 33: 4-5
This shows that the declaration of adoption does not change realities, alter facts, or make a stranger a relative, or an adopted child a son or daughter. Further still, by adopting someone’s child as one’s own, the rightful and deserving heirs to the property of a man are deprived of their shares. Hence, Islam has made it Haraam (forbidden) for a father to deprive his natural children of inheritance. The god of Islam has established the distribution of inheritance in order to give each eligible person his or her share. In matters of inheritance, the Quran does not recognize any claim except those based on relationship through blood and marriage.
Say What??? Am I really supposed to believe that this is the same god, only writing a different book for a different people?
Yehovah God of the Bible has opened Heaven and sent His Son to die on a dirty, painful cross for you to able to be called SONS OF GOD!
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Galatians 3:26 (NASB)
You are instructed to pray to Him calling Him “Father”. We refer to one another as “brother” and “sister”. We are a family, united in love and will one day dine with our Bridegroom at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb! It is all about love and family ties, bringing the lost into a warm, nurturing, loving family environment with forgiveness of sin and love so great we can’t even describe it.
Then along comes the false god of Islam and many “Christian” pastors who would have you believe that he is the same as the One, True God of the Bible, and they do so merely because of something as idiotic as “Allah is just the Arabic word for god”. How uninformed, unintelligent, and downright gravely misleading can these pastors be? The sad thing is that many believe them and continue to teach/preach the same heresy. Not you…you just learned the truth about a Biblical family relationship and it’s a relationship you can have right now by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and entering into a familial relationship with Him, His Father, and the Holy Spirit.
The next time the jiQ group is in town, please inform them of where they made a wrong turn. No, folks, the god of Islam is not the God of the Bible, and…
Jesus is NOT in the Quran!