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.

Who Gives the Best Gifts?

dec13To us Christians, the answer to this question is obvious. But why is it that our Lord gives us the best gifts?

God loves us like an excellent father. Jesus tells us in Luke 11:11 (KJV), “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?” We aren’t always the best at parenting but our heavenly Father knows what would be best for us.

But did you know that making a living is also God’s gift to us? Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 5:19 (KJV), “Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.” Thanksgiving Day has passed but we must be thankful every day for such wonderful things which he provides.

But more than physical gifts, we receive spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit. And what good are these? Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:12 (KJV) that, “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.”
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Of course the best gift of all is salvation. As 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:” And what a wonderful gift it is for we who trust in the finished atonement of Christ.

And as Paul reminds us in Romans 6:23 (KJV), For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Additionally, Jesus was our gift. Mark 10:45 (KJV) testifies, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” For this reason, we worship him and celebrate his birth, death, and resurrection.
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There are so many wonderful verses that I could add regarding the excellent gifts our heavenly Father provides us but this blog post would become a novel. Instead, I’ll save them for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Sadly, many people assume they’ll be in paradise when they die but they’ll be shocked at their real destination.