Wednesday, 28 November 2018
1.Christian belief of “Who is God”?
God Almighty is eternal who created all things. “God the Father”, “God the Son Jesus the Christ” and “God the Holy Spirit”. These three are one.
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 John 5:7(KJV)
Muslims worship Allah, who they believe created the universe in six days and is in complete control of all things. Muslims believe that Allah himself is not knowable, and they cannot have a personal relationship with him. Rather than fellowship with Allah, Islam is concerned only with all allegiance to him and total submission to his will.
The Koran does not say that Allah seeks to redeem those lost in sin, and it states repeatedly that he does not love sinners (Sura 3:32 ;4:107)
They believe in Gods absolute oneness and reject the Trinity. To ascribe any partners to Allah is to commit the unforgivable sin of shirk.
2. Christian belief of “Who is Jesus”?
Jesus is God.
I and my Father are one.
The sinless Saviour who came to seek and save the lost by offering himself as the perfect sacrifice to bear the sins of many.
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:2(KJV)
Jesus is “The Way” He is the only access to God. “The Truth” His Word is the supreme authority for faith. “The Life”, He is the only hope for those dead in sin.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Muslim belief of “Who is Jesus”?
Jesus was simply one of the prophets according to Islam. The Koran does acknowledge Jesus Virgin birth, holy life and many (whom they call Isa). Jesus must never be “God”, “Lord” or “Son of God”. The Koran teaches that Jesus did not die, but was taken directly to heaven.
Muslims believe that Allah would not allow Jesus, a prophet, to die on the cross, such a death would mean defeat. Of course, since they believe Jesus didn’t die, then He also did not rise from the dead.
3. Christian belief of Heaven and Hell
The Bible speaks clearly of the existence of Heaven. It describes a place in which sadness, pain and death ends.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Hell is also spoken in the Bible. It is a place of everlasting punishment, and complete separation from God’s presence.
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 King James Version (KJV)
Muslims belief of Heaven and Hell
Muslims believe that everyone will attain either the punishment of Hell or the reward of Heaven. (Paradise) (Sura 35:7)
Hell is where unbelievers and sinners will spend eternity. One translation of the Koran states: “The unbelievers among the People of the Book (Christians and Jews) and the Pagans shall burn forever in the fire of Hell.
They are the vilest of all creatures” (Sura 98:1-8)
4. Christian belief of Sin and Salvation
Sin is transgression against God’s holy law an act of rebellion against Him.
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
1 John 3:4(KJV)
Sin is knowing what is right and not doing it.
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
The effects of sin are guilt, enslavement, spiritual bondage and separation from God, its punishment is eternal death.
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Salvation is the work of God in delivering man from sin. It is provided by Jesus Christ alone. Guaranteed by the sealing of the Holy Spirit, and secured by God the Father.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Salvation from sins punishment, sins power and sins presence can only be obtained through faith in the blood of Jesus.
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Islam’s belief of Sin and Salvation
Muslims believe human beings are born sinless and are good by nature. Since they don’t have a fallen nature, they don’t think they need a Saviour.
They depend on their own efforts to please Allah. If they have done more good deeds than bad, they hope Allah will forgive their sins and let them into Paradise when they die, but they can’t be sure.
Because the tally of good deeds vs. bad is known only to Allah, Muslims cannot know whether they are saved until Judgement Day. (Sura 23:102-103)
To go to Paradise the Koran says Muslims should believe in Allah, the prophets of Islam, the Koran, angels and Judgement Day (Sura 4:136). They must repent and obey Islamic law, but even doing those things will not necessarily assure Muslims of Salvation.
In other words, though Allah is frequently called forgiving and merciful in the Koran, forgiveness and mercy don’t appear to be applied to the sinners account – sin must still be atoned for by each individual’s works.
Again, the Bible is clear that forgiveness of sins does not depend on our own efforts, but only on what Christ has accomplished for us on the cross. Eternal life is freely available to all who do what the Scriptures command.
Repent, believe and trust in Jesus Christ alone to be saved.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.