Mohameds Moon: Two Brothers Reunite... Two Cultures Collide
Because of the providential importance of Ishmael, there were points along the path of Jacob's descendants where God's concern for Ishmael's lineage is clearly evident in His efforts to bring the two lines of Abraham's family together. For example, when Moses was sent into exile from Egypt, he was protected by an Arab farmer, Jethro, and married his daughter, Zipporah, making a family base for the two sides to join in a common providence.
The prolongation in the providence after Moses delayed any progress in the unity between Jews and Arabs. Throughout the era of the judges, the Abel position was not properly established in distinction from the Cain world of Canaan. When the circumstances were finally right for Israel to stand as the Abel nation, Solomon failed to unite his people with God and the law of Moses, preventing the Israelites from fulfilling Abel's mission.
Specifically, Solomon and the Queen of Sheba could have been a couple that brought the two lines of Abraham's family together, but this possibility was rendered moot by the corruption of Solomon's faith. There were no further opportunities until Jesus himself came as the true father of humankind. In his words and deeds he frequently emphasized that his mission was not just to save the Jews but to save all people.
This is the mission of true parents. At his birth, three kings from Arab and Persian lands came to serve Jesus, suggesting the possibility that God was opening the way to bless the descendants of Ishmael through Jesus. However, when he was rejected by the Israelites, he was prevented from fulfilling this mission and could not transmit God's blessings to the Israelites or the Ishmaelites. However, because Jesus himself was victorious over Satan on the cross and successfully completed a spiritual foundation for true parents, Christians were put in the position to inherit responsibility for laying the foundation for the true parents - and the mission of the Israelites.
The first years of the Christian era offered followers of Jesus an opportunity to indemnify the first years of the providence Adam to Jesus in scriptural time. However, at the end of this period, the church entered a time of serious fracture, dividing into five major ecclesiastic sees as well as many smaller groups. On a foundation of unity they would have been able to expand their witness successfully throughout the world, making worldwide preparations for true parents.
This did not occur for many centuries, until, after the church had been purified through the Protestant Reformation, it sought to evangelize the entire world. The most important people to be embraced by Christianity in the crucial fifth and sixth centuries were the descendants of Abraham's sons, Ishmael and Isaac, because they had been chosen to lead the restoration.
The shortcomings in Christianity meant that it could not work with either the Jews or the Arabs to build a foundation for true parents. Because of the problems associated with failed responsibilities in their own history with God, the Jews entered a long, dark era of suffering. Meanwhile, God sent a prophet to uplift the descendants of Ishmael, whose blessing had not been realized since God had first promised it to their ancestor Abraham.
God chose to bless the Ishmaelites directly and set up a providence to complement and counterbalance Christianity by sending the prophet Mohammed to the Arabs. Historically, Islam is the only major prophetic religion to appear since Jesus gave birth to Christianity. This makes Mohammed the last of the Abrahamic prophets. Mohammed's mission was to purify the lineage of Ishmael, to separate it from idolatry and to provide it with a clear understanding of God's truth so that it could fulfill a providential role in preparing for true parents.
In this way, Mohammed would lay a foundation for true parents with Ishmael's descendants, bringing them directly into the orbit of the central providence of restoration. Mohammed's teaching, inspired by. Among the basic doctrines he introduced to his people, he emphasized monotheism, God's ideal for the creation, human responsibility, the human fall, punishment for sin and an eventual end to the world of evil. He also demythologized Jesus, stressing that he was a man, not God; and he contradicted the notion that it was God's will that Jesus die on the cross.
Mohammed's teachings formed the core message for believers in Islam, which means total surrender to God. He taught that everyone who so surrendered was a Muslim, with Abraham specifically mentioned as an early Muslim. Through Islam, Mohammed brought unity to the disparate tribes of Ishmael, establishing a civilization that carried God's blessing to the Arabs and all others who adopted the Muslim faith.
Mohammed's mission and teaching were also a judgment on the vicious factionalism of Christianity in the sixth and seventh centuries, when minor differences in doctrine led to entire churches being anathematized and cast out from the Christian fold. Those Christians -- Arians, Nestorians, Monophysites, Iconoclasts - who had sincere objections to the Orthodox doctrines and practices, where not treated by the dominant church as brothers in the Christian family, but rather as enemies.
Feeling no love from the church, they turned in droves to Islam, in which the critique of certain Christological and Trinitarian doctrines and the worship of icons reflected some of their views. Many of their insights were truthful, and God wanted them preserved and publicized, not quashed by an all-powerful orthodoxy. Since God is one and His will is one, the mission for all religions is also one.
Religions vary because of the differences in the time and place of their founding, but they all exist for a common mission, to lead fallen humanity back to God.
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Since fallen nature can only be removed completely through true parents, all religions work to prepare humanity to receive true parents. Because of common ancestral roots, Islam, on the one hand, and Judeo-Christianity, on the other, share parallel, fraternal missions. They should cooperate like two brothers working together to prepare the way for true parents.
In any family there are differences between the children. When harmonized, this diversity is what makes a family delightful and enriching. The differences between Christianity and Islam reflect differences in their backgrounds and providential roles. They should cooperate harmoniously for the common purpose of God.
Unfortunately, though, the history of their relations has been far from harmonious. All too often they have fought each other instead of working together.
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For cooperative relations to prevail, there must be real mutual understanding as to what role each is playing in God's overall providence. With true understanding, differences can be seen as complementary strengths rather than unreconcilable contradictions. Mohammed was born in and spent the first forty years of his life preparing for his prophetic mission. Surrounded by the idolatrous people of Mecca, in western Arabia, he sought the truth of God, which was revealed to him by the angel Gabriel. The revelations he received were presented to him as the culmination of the prophetic tradition reaching all the way back to Adam.
They accepted the revelations of previous prophets and then added a body of instruction covering major theological issues and spelling out clear guidelines for a life of faith. These revelations were given to Mohammed over a year course, beginning in The first twelve years he spent in Mecca under most adverse conditions because the Meccans persecuted him and his followers severely, forcing several to flee into exile in Abyssinia on two separate occasions.
Several times Mohammed was driven to the brink of despair, but he never gave up his mission and eventually his real worth was recognized by tribes of nearby Yathrib. Seventy elders from Yathrib invited Mohammed to assume leadership over their town, to resolve tribal disputes and establish order among their people. In Mohammed and his followers emigrated from Mecca to Yathrib. In many respects the move was an escape from confinement, and the prophet himself had to hide in a cave for three days while angry Meccans sought him out. The liberation and emigration of the early Muslims was similar to the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt, also accomplished after three days of separation from their enemies.
Because of its significance to Muslims, the Islamic lunar calendar takes as its first year. For Muslims it is considered year one hijary of the emigration. Once in Yathrib, which was renamed Medina The City , Mohammed set about creating a theocratic state according to the revelations he had received in Mecca and continued to receive in Medina. In addition to explaining God's will for humankind, the revelations provided detailed instructions for leading a God-centered life and the fulfillment of human obligations to God and fellow human beings.
After Mohammed's death, these revelations were collected in Suras, or chapters, and compiled as the Koran, which means literally the Reading of truth. The Koran adds to the material in biblical scriptures about many of the figures in the providence of restoration, often providing its own emphasis. It stresses throughout that there is only one God, not many, as the Meccans believed, and makes it very clear that Jesus was a man and not God. It also says that Jesus was victorious over death. It shows that each person is responsible before God for his actions, which is the basis for the law of indemnity.
The rewards for living a faithful life are spelled out in appealing terms, while the terrible punishments for disobedience to God are presented in graphic detail. Further, Islam provides a believer with a basic five-fold path for the fulfillment of his or her responsibility: These "five pillars of Islam" have guided hundreds of millions of believers throughout the world in leading faithful lives. Mohammed was not only a prophet but also a very successful leader. During his brief decade of leadership in Medina he succeeded in uniting the disputatious tribes of Arabia under the banner of Islam.
This national foundation for Islam enabled the new religion to explode out of the Arabian Peninsula after his death , and in little more than a century it spread all the way to the borders of France in the West and China in the East. In many parts of the world, Islam succeeded in introducing monotheism where Christianity had proved unsuccessful in the same endeavor. One reason for this comparative success was Islam's singular focus on God, in contrast to the Christian emphasis on Jesus and a teaching encumbered by a number of hard-to-understand theological concepts.
In addition, there were many Monophysite and Nestorian Christians who, being alienated from the trinitarian Orthodox Church, found Islam congenial to their beliefs. The dramatic expansion of Islam, from the individual to the family, tribal, national and global levels, demonstrated a pattern of growth which is parallel in some respects to the Principle model of the establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
To establish a global foundation for the kingdom, a national foundation is needed; to win the world you must first win a nation. Thus once Mohammed had united Arabia under Islam, the new religion could move to a worldwide level very rapidly.
The Kingdom of Heaven, which is the dominion of true love, will begin with one family and then expand to one clan, one tribe and one nation. From that nation God's domain will expand to the whole world. The expansion of Islam was marred by the use of force against others, including believers of other faiths. This and other impurities in the practice of the faith such as hypocrisy by some Muslims were carried with Islam through the waves of its growth.
This caused resentment against Muslims that in some cases lingers to this day. I really appreciated the way the author shows the differences and similarities between Islam and Christianity as the brothers agree to r What a good book!
I really appreciated the way the author shows the differences and similarities between Islam and Christianity as the brothers agree to read each others books the Bible and Quaran in an attempt to understand each other and appease the love of their lives, Layla. There may be a lot of coincidences in the storyline, but I just settled back and accepted them. In doing so I was really able to enjoy the book. I also really liked the fact that everything isn't tied up with a pretty little bow when it is all finished - bittersweet and beautiful.
Feb 21, Suzanne Snyder added it. This is a great story! My friend lent me the book. And I'd recommend it to anyone And that we are to pray for this huge mission field the Muslim people. Everything seems geographically authentic. I sure hope there's some sequels! I have already been praying for the Muslims - that God will reveal Himself a This is a great story! I have already been praying for the Muslims - that God will reveal Himself as He really is, with signs and wonders.
And this book has just increased my insight without doing what Hollywood does making them look like the bad guys and we gotta kill 'em! The author has truly represented them as very zealous for what they believe is God's way. Keith Clemons has really graciously exposed the error of radical Islam and how to lovingly reach these people for Christ in the format of an exciting novel.
I would never willingly read a teaching book. But I'd sure read a suspenseful, romantic novel! Jul 17, Crystal B rated it it was amazing. This was one of the best books I have ever read.
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It really helped me understand the Muslim culture. So many plot twists. Loved the development of the characters. This book should be read by as many people as possible!! Aug 21, Diane rated it it was amazing. Excellently written story about twin brothers born in a Muslim country and separated at birth. One grew up in his land of birth, the other in America.
The weaving together of their stories makes for a fascinating read. May 28, Darci Baker rated it really liked it. I am normally not big in foriegn bombings and other nations trying to hurt america but by the end of the book I was hooked and shocked crying over the brothers sign of love then loss. Pam rated it really liked it Apr 15, Christy rated it really liked it Apr 08, Cheyenne rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Sandy rated it it was amazing Feb 06, Rob Spicer rated it really liked it Apr 12, Renee rated it really liked it Dec 15, Micki Baumert rated it really liked it Jul 07, Lucretia Beverly rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Margaret Roberts rated it really liked it Nov 05, Sandy rated it it was amazing Jul 12, Anita Crockett rated it it was amazing Jan 20, Jul 28, Ezekiel Mithaunril rated it did not like it.
Is it well written? The grammar and pacing are acceptable. The content, however, is absolutely wretched. The entire premise of the book relies on the concept that every person who follows Islam inherently desires to harm others in the name of their religion. Throughout the book the author ignores realistic characterization, varied belief systems, the very core fundamentals of Islam, all to repeatedly cast followers of Islam as deceived ungodly people who will cast their violent religion awa Is it well written?
Throughout the book the author ignores realistic characterization, varied belief systems, the very core fundamentals of Islam, all to repeatedly cast followers of Islam as deceived ungodly people who will cast their violent religion away the moment they get a taste of the clearly pure and great Christianity.