Does God intend that we would start with Judaism, then change to Christianity, then change to Islam?
No. God has been consistent. He has never been interested in building a religion.
Beginning with Abraham, God has been clear about revealing himself to us so that we could be in relationship with him. A relationship, not a religion, is God’s ultimate purpose in creating us.
Let’s look at the beginning, with Adam and Eve. They had direct communication with God, and all of their needs were met. Then Satan appeared to Adam and Eve as a serpent, and tempted them. Unfortunately they chose to believe Satan and disobey what God told them. As a result, Adam and Eve fell out of relationship with God.
But do you know what God immediately told Satan? God said that a woman’s child would be Satan’s enemy. God said that Satan would have partial victory, bruising the child’s heel. But the child would deal the final blow, crushing Satan’s head.
“Then the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live. And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Satan will have a short-lived victory, striking the heel of the woman’s offspring.
Throughout all of history, who is the only man born of a woman, and not from a man and a woman? Jesus, the Son of Mary, right?
Satan would strike the heel of this offspring of a woman. But the offspring would strike a blow to Satan’s head. And the only way to kill a serpent is to strike its head.
What does this mean? There is only one explanation to it.
Satan dealt a blow to Jesus on the cross, when Jesus’ feet and hands were nailed. But Jesus’ delivered the crushing blow to Satan. On the cross, Jesus overcame Satan. Jesus paid for the sins of all humankind, offering everyone forgiveness and a way to come back into relationship with God.
The prophet Isaiah wrote about this offspring:
“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised and we esteemed him not.
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows; yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities, and the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed.
We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Who is the prophet Isaiah talking about? It’s very clear. He is talking about Jesus. And when was this written? More than 700 years before Jesus Christ. From the beginning, through thousands of years, God always said that Jesus will come and he will die, just like we read from Isaiah. What would you think of God if, at the very last moment, he changed his mind? What if, after thousands of years promising Jesus, God would change his mind and not have Jesus die for us? God does not change his mind.