By Frances Worthington
In Abraham: One God, 3 other halves, 5 Religions, writer Frances Worthington explores the 3 wives/concubines (Sarah, Hagar, and Keturah) of Abraham, and lines their lineage to 5 various religions—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, the Babi religion, and the Bahai religion. reading the scripture and traditions of those 5 "Abrahamic" faiths, this complicated tale additionally attracts seriously from a wealthy number of old resources that offer a desirable backdrop. The narrative follows the lifetime of Abraham from his beginning, via his marriages and the delivery of his childrens, and his repeated exiles. It additionally presents nice perception into the lives of the founders of the 5 Abrahamic Faiths—Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb, and Baha'u'llah—and illustrates how their lives replicate that of Abraham. the ultimate chapters examine genetics and the unfold of universal DNA via various populations around the globe and the non secular ancestry uniting us all. the mix of...
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3 INTO THE FIRE O the misery of men! No Messenger cometh unto them but they laugh Him to scorn. Muḥammad1 As soon as the young Abraham became convinced that idols have no power, He began sharing that realization with His father. When Terah turned away, refusing to listen to His arguments, Abraham adopted a more dramatic form of persuasion. One day Terah was called away on business, and Abraham was left to mind the store. While He was on duty, a pious woman dropped by. She was carrying a handful of flour as an offering for the idols, and she spread it out in front of them so that they might eat it.
If so, His experience would have been akin to that of Bahá’u’lláh who, in 1850, received His divine summons while confined in a filthy underground cell in Tehran, His neck laden with over a hundred pounds of chain: “During the days I lay in the prison of Ṭihrán, though the galling weight of the chains and the stench-filled air allowed Me but little sleep, still in those infrequent moments of slumber I felt as if something flowed from the crown of My head over My breast, even as a mighty torrent that precipitateth itself upon the earth from the summit of a lofty mountain.
These Messengers embody the attributes of God, but They are not God descended to earth. 2 Manifestations of God are all inspired by the same Holy Spirit of God, and all of them receive divine knowledge about the past and future. In spite of what they have in common, however, the Revelation imparted by each one is a little different than that of any of the others. The reason behind this individuality is that each Messenger shapes the way in which He imparts spiritual teachings, mystical wisdom, and social laws to suit the needs and circumstances of the age in which He lives.