This post continues my 5 Reasons I Believe There is a God post.
So our innate curiosity as humans and our journey with ‘Why?’ as well as the order within nature laid out before us, and our recognition of an Ultimate needless Cause can help us to intellectually determine that there is One God. But I also find proof in the common thread of scriptures from the three major faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
All three of these major religions continue a common thread of prophecy that many people in the West are not aware of. There is a linear and chronological path of revelation that intersects at Prophet Abraham. In Islam we refer to these faiths as Abrahamic or people of the book indicating the Torah, the Bible, and then the Qur’an. The Qur’an speaks of all Prophets, beginning with Prophet Adam, with utmost respect and reverence. Prophet Abraham had two sons, Prophet Isaac and Prophet Ishmael. From Prophet Isaac, you have, among others, Prophet Moses and Prophet Jesus. From the line of Prophet Ishmael you have Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The Qur’an has an entire chapter dedicated to Blessed Mary, the mother of Jesus, that details the immaculate birth and all the beautiful miracles Jesus performed. The only difference is that the Qur’an denies absolutely the divinity of Jesus.
A Continuum of Faith
Anthropologists dedicate their lives to the study of ancient civilizations, mapping out the relationships between them over time, clinging to threads of commonality. Yet, I don’t see anyone prominent in modern times detailing the positive commonality between the Abrahamic faiths. We revere the same prophets, similar morals, and values and a belief in One God. Islam is a continuation, not a negation. And it is that common thread of prophecy that led me to my faith.
Thus, Reason #4 that God does exist poses that the common thread of Prophecy in all the 3 major monotheistic religions proves that the Creator has provided guidance for us, repeatedly over centuries, connecting these religions as a continuum and a correction, not a repudiation. Please read my other 4 reasons in the posts linked below.