I can’t believe how many people, whether Christian, Jew, Muslim, agnostic, atheist, whatever, fall into the trap of believing that you can actually trace Abraham’s specific blood descendants to this day and age.
Isaac / Jacob = present day Jews or even Israelis, and . . .
Ishmael / Esau = modern Arabs or Muslims?
Listen: the Isaac-Ishmael or Jacob-Esau stories, along with Abraham & his rellies, has NOTHING to do with Islam, which is a religion, not an ethnicity. Nor does it have to do with Arabs.
And the Isaac-Ishmael story has ZERO to do with Judaism or Israelis either.
There were already multitudes of ethnicities in the Middle East at the time of Abraham, and many more invaded or migrated there over the centuries.
People have been mixing blood and religion in the Middle East for millenia.
There has been TONS of inter-racial and inter-religious mixing, so how can anyone be so sociologically, anthropologically and ethnographically (is this a word???) naive as to think A = B, and deduce their political and religious views based on that?
You either love or hate Muslims or Arabs because you think they are Ishmael’s descendants?
You either love or hate Jews or Israelis because you think they are Isaac’s descendants?
And besides, Abraham’s descendants were never based on pure ethnicity, but on FAITH / PRACTICE. That’s one theme of the book of Genesis, that Yahweh (God, Allah) worked through the individuals of Abe’s lineage who were WILLING to follow Him wholeheartedly.
Did you not read the words of the prophets, apostles and Jesus Himself? John the Baptist said that God could create children out of the stones. Yeshua (Jesus, Isa) called the legalistic Jews of His day “children of the Devil” because they refused to apply Moses’ teachings to their lives. He said that being a blood descendant of Abraham meant nothing if your heart did not have confidence in Yah.
Blood meant little, allegiance meant everything. Still true today.
And . . .
Don’t be hoping that God will wipe people out, e.g., Muslims or Jews or Arabs or Israelis.
God is anti-violence, and soundly condemns the spirit of Cain (murder), both before and now.
Love your Muslim neighbours!
Love your Jewish neigbours!
Love your Arab neighbours!
Love your Israeli neighbours!
Love your Christian neighbours!
Love all: Druze, Zoroastrian, Baha’i, atheist, agnostic, Mason, Satanist, Wiccan, etc!
Show them that your Creator is the King of Peace, not the Lord of War!
Cheers to y’all,
Muslims, Arabs, Jews, Israelis:
DO NOT LET OUTSIDERS –
THE FASCIST, IMPERIALIST WESTERNERS –
CAUSE YOU TO FIGHT EACH OTHER!
Love G-d, Yahweh, Allah . . .
Love your neighbours
Take a look at some interesting pics, my friends:
THIS SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING:
THIS SHOULD BE HAPPENING: