I constantly hear people of the Islam fate, Muslims, say that Islam is a religion of peace and they just want to get along and live side by side with all others. The “peaceful” Muslims go on to say that the “radical” Muslims are not following the Islam bible, the Qur’an, as their prophet Muhammad wrote it. Without getting into the writings of the Qur’an, the subject of jihad, or the Islam belief that each new prophet can change the teachings of the older prophets, I will show where Islam can never be a religion of peace, it must be a religion of war. I will present my side with the use of the Christian Bible, and any text quoted will be from the Holman Christian Standard Bible edition.
In Genesis 16, Abram’s wife Sarai was barren and could not give Abram any children, even though the LORD had told Abram that his descendant’s would inherit the land. Sarai, attempting to fix a supposed problem, offered her Egyptian slave girl, Hagar, to Abram so that she may bear him children. The offering of a slave in place of the wife was a common pagan custom of the day; most felt it was justified since it would be carrying on the father’s bloodline. The problem with Sarai’s thinking was that she was trying to outthink God; she thought God had not included her in His dealings with Abram.
Abram slept with Hagar, and Hagar became pregnant; when Hagar became pregnant, Sarai became jealous of Hagar and treated her with contempt to the point that Hagar ran away. Genesis 16:1-5.
In Genesis 16: 9-12, the Angel of the LORD found Hagar by a spring and told her to go back to Sarai and submit to her, and for this the Angel of the LORD said to her, “I will greatly multiply your offspring, and they will be too many to count.” Then the Angel of the Lord said to her: “You have conceived and will have a son. You will name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard your cry of affliction. This man will be like a wild donkey. His hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him; he will live at odds with all his brothers.”
This is a very important set of verses for many reasons: First, Muslims believe they are descendants of Ishmael, and the Jew’s and Christian’s believe they are descendants of Ishmael’s later brother, Isaac. Second, with the first in thought, this verse states that Ishmael will live at odds with all of his brothers – this is a declaration of the LORD before Ishmael is even born, this is a promise given to Ishmael and all of his descendants. This solemn promise is why the children of Ishmael must always battle the children of Isaac.
In Genesis 17, the LORD appeared to Abram and told Abram that He would establish a covenant between the LORD and Abram, and that the LORD would multiply Abram greatly. The LORD went on to tell Abram that the covenant was between the LORD, Abram, and Abram’s future offspring and their generations, and that the covenant included not only all the land of Canaan, but also that God would be God to Abram and to all of Abram’s future offspring. At this time, God told Abram that his and Sarai’s names would change to Abraham and Sarah. God tells Abraham that he will be extremely fruitful and father many nations and kings (Genesis 17:5-6 “Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you.”)
In Genesis 17:16-21, God speaks to Abraham concerning Sarah, then Ishmael, “I will bless her; indeed, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she will produce nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” Abraham fell facedown. Then he laughed and said to himself, “Can a child be born to a hundred-year-old man? Can Sarah, a ninety-year-old woman, give birth? ” So Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael were acceptable to You!” But God said, “No. Your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac. I will confirm My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his future offspring. As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will certainly bless him; I will make him fruitful and will multiply him greatly. He will father 12 tribal leaders, and I will make him into a great nation. But I will confirm My covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this time next year.”
In this set of verses, the fates of Isaac and Ishmael are spelled out – Isaac will have the covenant, and Ishmael will not. Ishmael will be blessed and the LORD will not forget him, but the LORD will only make Ishmael a great nation and his children will only be tribal leaders, not great nations as Isaac’s children will be (Genesis 17:5-6); tribal leaders that will always be battling the other children of Abram(ham) (Genesis 16:9-12).
In Genesis 21, we see where Isaac is born to Sarah and Abraham. We see where Ishmael mocks Isaac and this action angers Sarah; Sarah in turns demands of Abraham that Ishmael and Hagar be sent away. Sarah’s demands of Abraham are hard on Abraham, but the LORD says to Abraham in verses 12-13, “But God said to Abraham, “Do not be concerned about the boy and your slave. Whatever Sarah says to you, listen to her, because your offspring will be traced through Isaac. But I will also make a nation of the slave’s son because he is your offspring.”” Here the LORD is saying that Abraham’s descendants will be traced through Isaac, not Ishmael; Ishmael will be a nation, but that is all.
Further on in Genesis 21, we see where Hagar and Ishmael have been sent away by Abraham and that they have ran out of water while in the desert; their outcome looks bleak. The LORD hears the cries of Ishmael and comforts Hagar by telling her that Ishmael will be a great nation. God went on to make a well appear so that they may be saved. God was with Ishmael as he grew; Ishmael settled in the area and became an archer, and Hagar later got Ishmael an Egyptian wife (Genesis 14-21). From Genesis 21, we see that Abraham’s children are only through Isaac; only Isaac has the covenant, not Ishmael.
In Genesis 25, we see where Abraham has more children through a later wife, a wife after Sarah had passed away. We see where these children were given gifts, but we see where everything of Abraham was given to Isaac. We see where when Abraham died, Isaac and Ishmael buried him near his wife Sarah. Finally, we see where God blessed Isaac after Abraham’s death (Genesis 25:1-11). This is another very important set of verses – in these verses we see that no matter what other children were born to Abraham; Isaac was the child of choice. We also see that God blessed Isaac and not Ishmael. Why is this important? In the olden days, a father’s greatest blessings went to his firstborn son; since Abraham passed away with his son’s away from home, God performed the blessing onto Abraham’s true firstborn son. When God changed Abram to Abraham, Abram’s life ended and Abraham was born anew. All that was of Abram’s old life was done; it was as if Abram died at that very moment. Ishmael was the firstborn of Abram, but Isaac was the firstborn of Abraham.
In Genesis 25:12-18, we see Ishmael’s children’s and see that they are all Egyptians and leaders of clans, not nations. In Genesis 25:18, we again see that Ishmael lived in opposition to all of his brothers – “And they settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt as you go toward Asshur. He lived in opposition to all his brothers.”
Now when we read Genesis 35:9-12, we see where God comes to Jacob, the son of Isaac, and confirm the covenant God made with his father Isaac and grandfather Abraham. God renames Jacob Israel, and confirms he will be the father of many nations and kings. “God appeared to Jacob again after he returned from Paddan-aram, and He blessed him. God said to him: Your name is Jacob; you will no longer be named Jacob, but your name will be Israel. So He named him Israel. God also said to him: I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply. A nation, indeed an assembly of nations, will come from you, and kings will descend from you. I will give to you the land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac. And I will give the land to your future descendants.”
From what we read in Genesis 35:9-12, we see that the great covenant between God and Abraham is handed down to Jacob (Israel), and not to any other descendants of Abraham (or Abram).
In Matthew 1, we see that Jesus is the direct descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; because of this direct line, and what we just read in Genesis, we know that the covenant carries down through Jesus and all of His children.
In John 3 we see that we must be born again so that we may see the kingdom of God. How can one be born again? And to be born again, who are our parents? We must believe in who Jesus Christ is, where He came from, why He came, and what He did for us. We must be born again as His children. Jesus Christ becomes the Eternal Father as foretold in Isaiah 9.
Let us wrap this all up and bring back the original question: Can a TRUE Follower of Islam Ever Be At Peace With Jews and Christians? As can be witnessed throughout Genesis, a descendant of Ishmael is bound to always be at odds with Ishmael’s brothers. We see that the descendants of Ishmael do not have the covenant of God and cannot see the kingdom of God, they cannot go to heaven. Does that mean that a follower of Islam is forever banished to hell? No. In John 3, Jesus explains it quite simply; all who are born again can see the kingdom of God, and only those born again are children of Jesus. Muslims, Buddhist, and all other religions and people, as long as they have not blasphemed the Holy Spirit, can be saved if they turn their lives to Jesus and accept him as not only their Lord and Saviour, but also as their Eternal Father. Accept Jesus Christ into your life now, so that you have an everlasting life in the future.
May God bless you.