No Salvation in Islam?

aug01If God and Allah are the same person, as some allege, why is there such a contradiction between the Bible and the Qu’ran regarding salvation? It makes no sense to have Christ die for our sins and then nullify what he did on the cross.

Acts 2:38 (KJV) is one of many Bible verses which show that it’s only faith in Christ’s atonement which saves. “Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.'”

Neither can we work to earn heaven. Look at what the Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8 (KJV). “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

Even in the Old Testament, the Lord planned for Christ to be the agent of salvation. Zechariah 9:9 (KJV) reads, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” This came to pass on what we call Palm Sunday.

Acts 4:12 (KJV) reinforces the fact that Christ alone is our saviour. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

aug01aBut the Qu’ran contradicts the Bible by saying in passages such as sura 39:61, “And Allah will save those who maintained righteousness to their place of salvation. No harm will touch them, nor will they grieve.”

Sura 5:84-85 also claims, “And why should we not believe in Allah,
and in the truth that has come to us, and hope that our Lord will include us among the righteous people? Allah will reward them for what they say, Gardens beneath which rivers flow, where they will stay forever. Such is the reward of the righteous.”

Sura 7:56 also says, “And do not corrupt on earth after its reformation, and pray to Him with fear and hope. Allah’s mercy is close to the doers of good.”

aug01bI could include so many more verses and suras showing the stark difference between the God of the Bible and Allah. I’ll save that for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Those who believe our heavenly Father and the harsh-natured Allah are the same entity will be in for a rude awakening on Judgement Day.

Won’t My Parent’s Faithfulness Get Me Into Heaven?

jan10Now that I’ve dealt with the thorny issue of infant baptism, I need to deal with the equally fallacious notion that one’s family church registration is a guarantor of citizenship in heaven. Evangelist and author Corrie Tenboom wisely said that God has no grandchildren and here’s why he doesn’t.

I mentioned in my previous post about what Romans 10:9-10 says regarding how a person is saved. Unlike the notion of salvation through one’s parents’ church affiliation, God demands that all people obey his son through repenting and making him Lord of their lives.

Peter, speaking to the religious experts of his day, said in Acts 4:12 (KJV), “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Therefore, no amount of piety by one’s parents will do.
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Neither will the wickedness of any one’s parents be charged to their offspring. Look at what it says in Deuteronomy 24:16 (KJV,) “The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”
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It’s abundantly obvious therefore that our supposed righteousness doesn’t depend on our family’s piety. Neither will we have to pay for the sins of our parents, as some folks believe. Each one of us must face the ultimate judge and give an account for what we’ve done in our threescore-and-ten existence.

Because one’s eternal destination is the most important matter in life, I’m working on a book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Each one of us must be responsible for where we end up after we die. We can’t ride into heaven on the coat tails of our ancestors.