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Western Trinity, An Unexpected Relationship
by Lynton Lynn Hanson

Common foundations between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Islam has its roots in one word, Salam, which means peace. Salam also has a supporting meaning, and that is surrender. In the Islamic faith, you may find peace that comes from surrendering one’s life to God. Those who accept Islam as their religion are known as Muslims.

The word Allah in the arabic language, the word Yahweh in the hebrew language, and the word God in english have the same meaning and are interchangeable. All three religions are monotheistic as adherents believe in one God. All three religions have a common foundation from the book of Genesis.

The teachings of Islam are held in the Koran, , as Jewish beliefs are held in the Torah, as Christian teaching is in the Bible. The Koran is in agreement with Judo-Christian beliefs of the old testament of the bible, in the book of Genesis, concerning Abraham.

Abraham married Sarah who was barren. Abraham, as was custom, took a second wife, Hagar, who conceived a son, Ishmael. Sarah then conceived and had a son named Isaac. Sarah demanded Abraham banish Hagar and Ishmael.
Ishmael and his mother Hagar where banished and traveled west into the Arabian plain where Mecca was to arise. Isaac and his descendants remained in Palestine and gave rise to the Hebrews, later to be called Jews, then to Jesus Christ. Ishmael’s descendants flourished in Arabia and became Muslims through the prophet Muhammad ibn Abdullah, 570ce to 632ce.

The old testament tells us when God spoke to Abraham He said of Ishmael: ‘And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.’ Genesis 21.13. Is the nation thus promised to Ishmael by God Islam?

Islam found form in the early part of the 7th century as reveled by Muhammad between 610ce-632ce. That is 632 years after Christ, and several thousand years after Judaism. All three religions share a geographical birth place in the middle east. The schism between these faiths is insurmountable; however, this trinity of near-western faith, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, share belief in a common beginning.

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