Islam, Judaism and Christianity all trace their lineage to a common ancestor — Abraham. Abraham had two sons: Isaac (by Sarah) and Ishmael (by Hagar). Isaac begat the Line of David from which Jewish and Christian traditions derive and Ishmael was an ancestor of Muhammad — the Messenger of Islam.
The Quran is interesting in that it adopts and references all of the prophets of the Old Testament. Jesus is mentioned nearly a hundred times. And Mary is the only woman mentioned in the Quran. Islam accepts the Old Testament (especially the Torah and Psalms) as “The Word of God.” Yet try and reconcile the Quran and the Bible theologically? In most cases, it is a major chore.
A common heritage, yet irreconcilable division. Islam has 72 insular sects. Christianity has its own islands of belief and Judaism has various divisions. Despite common origin, there is distrust, misunderstanding and even violence — all in the name of religion. While most Christian and Jewish traditions accept (or at least are tolerant of) other religions and denominations, the violence tends to be confined to Islam and is curiously sectarian in nature though much too is directed outwardly — toward Christians and Jews.
In my post of January 30th, I commented on the ecumenical role the Archangel Gabriel has played in various religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Bahai, etc.). I wonder what Gabriel is thinking with all that’s going on in the world. . . . .