"A faith that can not survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets" - Arthur C. Clarke

My Sympathies For Muslims of Islam

- by R. Totten, MDiv. - (c) 2015

Assalamu alaikum (Peace be Upon You)

In considering the situation of Muslim friends around the world, ...my sympathies go out to them. The reason for my sympathy, is that (according to Muslim explanations, and my reading of the Koran) even committed Muslims have no assured and guaranteed way that they will gain eternal life with God (Allah). As I understand it, various Muslim authorities have confirmed the following fact from the Koran's theology: that not even a sincere and dedicated Muslim --nor even one who fasts, prays, goes on the pilgrimage, and even dies as a martyr for his faith-- has a solid promise and clear guarantee from Allah in the Koran that he will end up with eternal life in paradise (or heaven). For the Muslim, nothing has equal authority to the Koran, and the Koran does not offer an assured promise or guarantee of final salvation and eternal life for anyone ...no matter what they have done. ---This is because the Koran teaches that eternity with God in heaven must be merited and awarded on the basis of having a "heavy" enough load of good deeds (over bad deeds) on the day of Judgment; as the Koran says that "those whose scales are light [i.e. containing evil deeds], those are the ones who have lost their souls, being in Hell, abiding eternally" (Sura 23:103)... and every one of us (if we're honest to ourselves) has evil that we've done. --Thus --going by the Koran-- anyone's destiny may be hell, regardless of what they've done or believed.

In stark contrast, however, God has given an amazing promise, which is: a solid guarantee of eternal life in God's glorious presence in heaven --which only comes by sincerely and truly trusting in Jesus Christ and his saving work (as he paid the death-penalty for our sins by dieing on the cross), and surrendering one's life and will to his authority. A person can know that this promise is true and assured, because Jesus Christ said, "everyone who looks to the Son [Jesus] and believes [relies and trusts] in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:40). Similarly, John also wrote, "Whoever believes [relies and trusts] in the Son [Jesus Christ], has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son [Jesus] will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him" (John 3:36). And in fact, God's only promise of eternal life and salvation has been made through Christ alone, as Jesus also said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to [God] the Father except through me" (John 14:6). This is why the Scripture adds, "He who has the Son (Jesus) has [eternal] life; He who does not have the Son of God, does not have life" (1 John 5:11,12). So, according to the Scriptures, Jesus is the only one who can and does give and guarantee eternal life to people who truly look to him for salvation and surrender their whole lives to him (so that they "have him in their hearts") --- putting their full reliance and trust in him as Lord and Savior from sin.

Islamic Concern About Bible Corruption

However --after citing several verses (above) from the Bible-- I recognize that many Muslims do not accept the Bible as being accurate and truthful, since, they say it has been altered or "corrupted" down through the centuries. --However, such a position is actually not a legitimate or faithful one for any Muslim to take, because the Koran itself endorses the Bible as being truthful and accurate written words of revelation from God. --(Note: Christian speakers of Arabic also call God "Allah"). Also, such a view (of "Bible corruption") goes contrary to historical facts. Therefore, no faithful and knowledgeable Muslim can reject the Bible as being "corrupt." This is because the Koran directs and commands people to accept and trust the Bible as true words of revelation from God (Allah) himself.

-- And where does the Koran say these things about the Bible? -- As follows:

Sura 6:91 states: "No just estimate of Allah do they make when they say: 'Nothing doth Allah send down to man (by way of revelation).' Say: 'Who then sent down the Book which Moses brought? --a light and guidance to man."
-- We see here, in Sura 6:91, that the Koran says the "Book which Moses brought" ("the Torah" or Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) is true divine revelation sent down from God to man, and it provides "light and guidance" from God to mankind. And if anyone questions whether God has sent any written revelation to mankind, the Koran directs people to give the Torah as a prime example of such revelation. This shows that the 5 books of the Torah (from Moses) is given to Muslims as an instance of genuine and true divine revelation. - Thus, every Muslim must regard and believe it as such.

Sura 17:55 says: "And it is your Lord that knoweth best all beings that are in the heavens and on earth: We did bestow on some prophets more (and other) gifts than on others: and we gave to David (the gift of) the Psalms."
-- As proof that Allah knows best "all things," we are told in the Koran in Sura 17:55, that the Psalms are a gift that is given by Allah (God). Every Muslim must therefore regard the Psalms of the Bible as revelation from God.

Sura 4:163 says: "Indeed, We [Allah] have revealed to you, as We revealed to Noah and the prophets after him. And we revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the Descendants, Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David We gave the book of the Psalms."
-- This verse adds in "the prophets" (several of them by name) as being what God (Allah) has "revealed" as Scripture, along with the rest of the Old Tesament, as a fuller expression of "the Law." The "prophets" includes Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Jonah, Micah ...and all the other prophets and writings of the Old Testament. -- Thus, no Muslim should question whether any book in the Old Testament of the Bible was given by revelation from God.

Sura 5:46-47 says: "And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: and guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah. Let the people of the Gospel judge by what Allah hath revealed therein."
-- Here, Sura 5:46-47 we see that God (Allah) sent Jesus and in doing that He confirms "the Law." --We know that Jesus and other legitimate Scripture teachers of his day would often refer to "the Law and the Prophets" as the way of indicating the entire Old Testament (as this phrase is used in Matthew 7:12; 11:13; Acts 24:14; Rom. 3:21). Mohammed knew these facts from his many discussions with Christians in Medina and other places. In this way, Jesus (and the Koran) referred to basically all the books of the Old Testament as being true revelation from God --as being Scripture. Thus, the only man (Jesus) to ever be resurrected permanently from the dead, endorsed the entire Old Testament as being God's Holy revealed Word! -- We must do likewise. Just as Jesus confirmed all of the Old Testament (the Torah ...with the entire Old Testament), Sura 5:46-47 also declares that the "Gospel" (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) --also called the "Injil"-- were revealed and sent from God, and that the "Gospel" provides "guidance and admonition to those who fear Allah." The Koran commands people to "judge" all things by what Allah (God) has "revealed," which includes the Gospels (or Injil). --Thus, "the Law and the prophets" (the entire Old Testament of the Bible)-- along with the Gospels are included in God's standard of truth by which to determine and "judge" what is true. Clearly, the Koran declares the Gospels to be revelation from God. No Muslim should suggest any objection to the truth, accuracy or divine origin of the 4 Gospels.

Sura 3:79 says: "It is not for a man to whom is given the Book and wisdom and prophecy that he should then say to people, `Be worshipers of me in place of God.' But rather, `Be true teachers,' since you teach the Book and you study it earnestly."
-- The Koran (and Mohammed) clearly declared that "the Book" (the Bible in the hands of Christians at the time) is "prophecy" from God, and those who faithfully and earnestly taught "the Book" were "true teachers." --Clearly, the Koran declares that the Bible ("the Book") is revelation from God, and is therefore a source of true teaching from God.

Sura 10:94 asserts: "If thou wert in doubt as to what We [Allah] have revealed unto thee, then ask those who have been reading the Book from before thee: the Truth hath indeed come to thee from thy Lord: so be in no wise of those in doubt."
-- And here, in Sura 10:94, we find that the Koran declares that the whole Bible ("the Book") is given as revelation "from thy Lord" --from God (Allah) himself. Thus, the Koran boldly says, that if someone wonders what has been given to mankind as direct revelation from God (Allah), then they are to read, study and accept the Bible ("the Book") as such revelation; and people should also talk to those who read, study and accept the truths of the Bible. --Why must a Muslim do that? Because Sura 10:94 declares that the Bible is "the Truth," and it is genuinely divine revelation which has come "from thy Lord," God (Allah). No one should be "in doubt" about this ...especially a Muslim. Indeed, in the Gospels, Jesus declared to his apostles (through whom all the words of the New Testament came), that God's Holy Spirit would "guide" them "into all truth," and God's Spirit would give to them whatever He received from Christ (John 16:13,14). So, it is under Christ's (and the Holy Spirit's) divine power and authority that Christ's apostles wrote Scriptures in the New Testament. So God's authority is all through the Bible. --Mark this: Sura 10:94 requires Muslims to not be among those who are "in doubt" about the Bible's divine authority and its origin from God.

Therefore, nobody should imagine that they are respecting or obeying the Koran or God (Allah), if they do not deeply respect, believe and obey the Bible as unquestioned divine revelation and Scripture --and the actual Word of God himself.

...And very importantly, we must be aware that all of the above quoted Koranic assertions about the Bible were given around the year 630 AD (when the Koran was written down). The words of the Bible had long been written, recognized and fully established and settled for about 450 years before the time of Mohammed; ...and the many thousands of Bible text manuscript copies have not changed ever since that time. --Think about that. --Thus, the Muslim's view must be: No corruption has occurred in the Bible; since the Bible texts which we still have today in the original Hebrew and Greek languages, must be fully and absolutely reliable revelation from God.

Further Koranic Proof Against Bible Corruption

Now, some Muslims then say: Yes, Mohammed did accept and trust in the Bible as revelation from God at the time (because of learning and reading the Bible through people who carried the Bible into Syria and Medina when Mohammed was there), but some "corruption" of the wording in the Bible occurred after the time of Mohammed, --however, in several places the Koran clearly teaches that "there is nothing that can alter the words of God" (Sura 6:34 and 10:64 and 18:27) ...not before or after Mohammed. And we have seen (above) that, according to the Koran, the Bible is the "words of God." --And according to the only resurrected One --Jesus-- the Bible is the "Word of God" (Matt.15:16; Lk.11:28; 1Pet.1:23; 2Tim.3:15-17; 2Pet.1:16-21). --So, therefore, nothing can possibly alter or corrupt it. It is the inerrant Word of God (Prov.30:5). In addition, Allah makes the promise to watch over his revealed words and to guard them from corruption (Sura 15:9). -- Since the Koran's verses (given above) establish the Pentateuch, the Psalms, the Prophets, the Gospels --and in fact, the complete Bible ("the Book")-- to absolutely be revelation from God, it is proper and required of Muslims to accept the Bible (particularly the ancient texts in the Hebrew and Greek languages in which God gave the original inspired manuscripts) as being not corrupted or changed, since God (Allah) has guaranteed its purity and the guarding of it from corruption. --And in addition to that, Jesus asserted the same thing when he said, "I tell you the truth: Until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law (the Bible) until everything is accomplished" (Matt. 5:18). Therefore, it is improper and wrong for any Muslim to reject the text (in the original languages) and the teaching of the Bible as being "corrupt" or altered, because according to the Koran, it is God's Word and such a thing is not possible. Thus, every faithful Muslim must reject the notion of Bible-corruption.
--And in addition, the fact that the Bible is unaltered is also confirmed historically by a careful study of the thousands of ancient copies, as seen next.

Historical Facts Confirm the Bible's Text

At this point, it is also important for Muslim friends to realize that the original manuscripts of the New Testament (hand-written in Greek) were all completed before the year 96 AD. --In fact, most of the N.T. (including the first 3 Gospels) was completed by the year 67 AD (when Paul died), and the fourth Gospel (John) was complete by the year 96 AD. And then, at that time, Paul's letters in the Bible were already recognized as being Scripture before he died (2Pet.3:16), and then almost all of the rest of the "books" of the New Testament were already widely recognized as being God's Scripture before the year 100 AD, therefore they would have been highly prized, venerated, and very carefully copied and handled from that time on. And many of the original manuscripts (from Paul, Peter, James, John, etc.) were probably still in existence and still being passed around and copied many times over, up until the year 400 AD --or 500 AD - - - Think of this: Some of the actual original manuscripts (by John, Paul, etc.) were still in existence at the time of Mohammed himself! --In fact, scholars think that even today we still have what is probably a small fragment of the original manuscript of John's Gospel! --This should not be very shocking, since 400 and 500 year-old books are fairly common today if they are treasured copies --as seen by many examples in many old library collections around the world. And in the next few paragraphs we will even refer to ancient copies of Scripture which are even today about 1700 years old. --(Ancient manuscripts/copies of various Bible-books still exist today, which are 400 years older than Islam itself!)

--- Now, it should be remembered that even today we still have a copy of the first 14 chapters of John's Gospel from about the year 200 AD (the "Bodmer 2 Papyrus," kept in Cologne, Switzerland).
--- And then too, we have copies of all four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from the year 240 AD. --Around that date (when these copies were made), the original manuscripts (in Greek) from the actual New Testament authors surely still existed.
--- In addition, from the year 210 AD we have early copies of most of Paul's writings, including Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2Thessalonians. This collection of copies includes Hebrews (all of these are in the "Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri," in Dublin, Ireland). --The original manuscripts of the New Testament most assuredly still existed at the time these copies were made!

In addition to the above important copies, the copy called the "Codex Vaticanus" (kept in Rome, Italy) has the entire Bible in Greek from the year 350 AD, ...except for a few pages from the book of Hebrews. (This copy dates from 300 years before Mohammed.) --The original manuscripts most probably still existed 200 years after this copy was made.

The "Codex Sinaiticus," now located in the British Museum (in London), is a copy of the complete Bible in Greek, copied in around 350 AD. (300 years before Mohammed).

The "Codex Alexandrinus," also in the British Museum, is a copy of almost the whole Greek Bible from about 350 AD, but is missing about 40 pages.

NOTE: Many of the actual original New Testament manuscripts (hand-written personally by Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James, etc.) were most likely still in existence when all of the above-listed copies were made! --Thus, actual copies made directly from the originals were probably made in these years, and there was for such copies, therefore, no time-gap existant during which any corruption might occur (other than little copyist-errors). For such early copies, the idea of corruption from endless re-copying is a fiction !

Furthermore, there are about 5,300 additional copies (in Greek) of many portions of the New Testament --many of them from before the year 150 AD-- and all together, there are more than 24,000 copies of various parts of the New Testament --many of them were made before the year 350 A.D., when the original manuscripts (from Paul, John, and Peter, etc.) were still existent. An accurate and complete copy of the New Testament text can be made from these copies alone.

Significantly, Bible scholars today still rely heavily upon the large number of Bible-copies from before the year 400 AD, therefore, we know that the Bible to which Mohammad and the Koran refer was complete, accurate and uncorrupted. It is still unaltered today. The Bible ("the Book") to which the Koran refers, is the very same revelation from God which we have today.-- My Muslim friends should remember that the Koran affirms the revelation of God in the Bible, and it makes this affirmation in the year 630 AD. -- There is no good reason to imagine that the Bible was at all corrupted at the time of Mohammed, ...and the ancient Bible texts (in the original Hebrew and Greek) which scholars use today for Bible-translation are exactly the same today as they were back then! --- In fact, scholars today can be even more sure of the exact correct text than ever before, because almost all the available copies can be more easily consulted in the various libraries where they are still stored, and they can even be consulted world-wide by use of photographic images. The Bibles we have today come from the very same early copies of the Bible's Hebrew and Greek texts, and there is no corruption involved! --Such a "corruption" idea is a fiction.

It is true, that various copyists (being fallible humans) ended up putting (for example) a mis-spelling here or there, or including a word or phrase twice, or some such little copyist error (called a "variance") ---but textual criticism scholars are able to very easily weed out all such little errors by merely comparing the hundreds and thousands of other ancient copies --most all of which do not have that particular mis-spelling-- and the correct reading is almost always quite obvious and simple to discern and correct. The abundance of good copies makes the correct wording certain. Everyone should be totally assured that the Bible's text and teaching is basically totally known and preserved. --Therefore, Mohammed was correct, ...and the Koran is sure in declaring the Bible's lack of corruption ...and we should be even more sure today, since we have all the thousands of good, ancient copies at our disposal to compare them.

An Example of Textual Criticism -- Comparing copies of an original text

Suppose we have 50 copies of an original manuscript sentence --the original now lost. Consider the copies below:

1. "Be no doubt of the Bible's truth and acuracy."
2. "Be in no doubt of the Bible's truth and accuracy."
3. "Be in no dout of the Bible s truth and accuracy."
4. "Be in no doubt of th Bible's truth and accuracy."
5. "Be in no doubt of the Bible's truth nd accuracy."
6. "Be in no doubt of of the Bible's truth and accuracy."
. . . And the other 44 copies all read like line 2 above.

So, the question is: Could you --by comparing all 50 copies-- reproduce what the original text said? --Yes. Of course you could.
--- How certain do you think we can be of being able to reproduce the correct wording of the original text? --Totally certain.

The situation above is very close to what occurs in knowing the Bible's text ...except we have tens of thousands of copies of the New Testament.
--- Thus, it should be obvious that we are quite certain of reproducing the Bible's original text which is virtually 100% accurate.
. . . Very few spots are in any doubt; and the little spots that even raise a small question, do not affect ANY doctrine. --No Bible teaching is at all in question because of not knowing the exact text in the original languages.

Therefore, all Muslims (and everyone else) should know for sure that the Bible is not corrupted. The text that we have is true and correct, and God has left many layers of insurance to a correct text --in the form of many, many copies. People must know that the Koran is correct in saying the Bible truly is the revealed and inerrant Word of God. Also, the Koran is correct in saying that God will not allow the Bible to be corrupted. This was true for Mohammed in the year 630 AD, and it is no different now. There is no excuse for anyone to claim that the Bible is corrupt. --Also, the Koran does not say anywhere that the Bible (or any part of it) is corrupted ...nor that it can be corrupted. Please do take note of that. In fact, it is just the opposite --as we have said. In addition, Muslims have never before said the Bible was corrupted --until recent years. This is a new innovation, and a hollow excuse to ignore the Bible's truth. -- Muslims who now say the Bible is corrupted are standing in opposition to their ancestors and also in opposition to Mohammed and the Koran itself.

The clear and logical conclusion is: Reasonable, faithful Muslims must regard the Bible (in its original languages) to be genuine, trustworthy and uncorrupted revelation and Scripture from God. This is Mohammed's view (expressed in the Koran). And remember: the Bible has essentially one Greek/Hebrew version, which has not changed --and has existed since hundreds of years before the writing of the Koran.

Concern About "Too Many Bible Versions": Although the Bible's pure and accurate form is in the original languages of Hebrew (for OT) and Greek (for NT), it is generally quite acceptable (for basic personal study) to read a good Bible-translation ("version") in English or Arabic or many other languages. --Some people complain that there are so many different translations ("versions") of the Bible, but actually I think this is a good thing --in fact, I wish that every student of the Bible understood the original Hebrew and Greek well enough to make his own personal translation of the Bible; ...but as it is, most of us will need to rely on a team of expert scholars to do our translating in an excellent fashion.

. . . An excellent English translation of the Bible (made by a top team of scholars) is called the "N.I.V." (New International Version). --Another excellent translation is the E.S.V. (English Standard Version).

To read an online translation of the Bible, go to https://www.biblegateway.com/
. . . Translations in Arabic and many other languages are also available at this site.

Additional Books Added to the Bible?

Some people suggest that there should be another "Gospel" in the Bible, beyond the original 4. --That is:

The "Gospel of Thomas"

However, this is clearly a fake "gospel," because it was written in about the year 180 A.D. --about 80 years after all of the apostles of Jesus were already dead, so, the real Thomas could not possibly have been the author. Therefore, the foundation of this "gospel" is a lie.

We know this "gospel" was written much later than the apostles, since this fake Thomas quotes from half of the N.T. books (which were gathered together after the deaths of the apostles), including extensive quotes from the book of Revelation (the last book written in the N.T.), which was written in about the year 95 A.D., and circulated after that.

Also, the teachings in the fake Thomas are heretical teachings --Gnostic teachings-- which are contradictory to teachings of the real New Testament, and fake Thomas is false in that way as well.

Finally, all of the legitimate gospels and N.T. books were written in the first century, and were written either by (1) an apostle, or (2) an associate of an apostle, with the apostle nearby. This must be the case, because Jesus told the apostles: "the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you" (John 14:26). This promise produced Scripture through the apostles, and not some writer in the year 180 A.D. --The fake Thomas fails in this too.

The above points also apply to a number of other fake books of "scripture", which people have attempted to add to the Bible, such as: The "Gospel of Judas," the "Gospel of Peter," the "Gospel of Barnabas," and other spurious, apocryphal writings. --Such attempted additions to Scripture are forbidden by God (Rev.22:18-19), and their condemnation and judgment will be just.

So, ...back to the main issues of this article:

Salvation Through Christ

In the beginning of this article, we were talking about the fact that Jesus Christ promises salvation and eternal life to all who rely and trust in him. --And how is Christ able to do this?

Well, first of all, all of us are sinners in God's eyes (Rom. 3:23), and Jesus has the power and authority to save people from sin, because Jesus Christ is not merely a man (since a mere human does not have the power to save sinners).

- - Actually, the Bible teaches that Christ is not just a mere human, but is a divine "person" who has two natures; ...that is, He is a divine "personality" who has both a human-nature (with a body), ...and he also has an infinite, almighty, eternal and holy God-nature (which is spirit). Neither of these two natures are inter-mixed with each other, nor is either nature diminished, confused or altered by being attached to the same divine "personalty" (God the Son). The unchanging God (Mal.3:6; Heb.13:8; Jas. 1:17) is not altered in any way by this. Christ is not half God and half man. --Rather, the Bible teaches that Christ is fully and truly eternal, infinite God, ...and he is also fully and truly finite man at the same time ...because he is one person (personality) which has two different natures. This is why some Christians call him the "God-man." --- We see in Scripture that Christ is directly called and revered as God (see John 1:1,14,18; John 20:28; Acts 20:28; Rom. 9:5; 2Thess. 1:12; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:6,8,10; 2Peter 1:1), and Christ is also clearly called a human ( John 1:14; 1Timothy 2:5; Romans 1:3; Romans 9:5). Both are true descriptions, because the two natures are never confused or inter-mixed.
- - Christ's God-nature was infinite, eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, invisible and immortal. -- But Christ's human-nature was finite; it had a beginning in time (about 2000 years ago); he had a real body that was weak, got tired, needed sleep, etc.; his human mind (brain) didn't know everything, and had to learn things, such as language, etc.; his human body was mortal, and when it died, the "person" of Christ experienced death, but the God-nature did not die, because it is immortal.
-- Please refer to links, for more biblical references and explanation for this teaching of Christ's two natures: ... http://carm.org/christian-doctrine-part-2
. . . and: http://answering-islam.org/Who/index.html

-- (Note: The Bible does not teach that God had sexual relations with a woman when Christ was conceived --which would be impossible because the being of God "is spirit" (John 4:24) and does not have a body, and God is invisible (1 Tim. 1:17). Rather, it says that God's Holy Spirit caused the baby Jesus to be conceived in his mother (Matt. 1:20). It is only Christ's human nature that had a body and a beginning. -- Note also: The Bible clearly teaches that there is only one God (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:32; 1Tim. 2:5), but that single being of God has three eternal spirit-personalities or "persons" in that one being; and those three persons are: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19). All three "persons" eternally and fully comprise the one infinite being of God; no one of the three persons is less God than the other two. There is only one God.) -- For more references on this biblical and true teaching on God, see: ... http://carm.org/christianity/christian-doctrine/christian-doctrine
. . . and: http://answering-islam.org/Trinity/index.html

In addition, Christ is able to promise and give eternal life, because the God-man Jesus Christ lived a sinless life (1Peter 1:19; Hebr. 4:15). No other human has ever done this. --God requires perfect holiness and righteousness to be in good standing before God-- and then, Christ paid God's death penalty for human sin (Rom. 5:8; 6:23), and then Christ rose physically from the dead (Lk. 18:33) as a demonstration that he is God --"the Son" (Rom. 1:4). Christ's sinless life and his resurrection also proves he has the power and authority to save us (Hebr. 7:25), and to guarantee eternal life to those who trust in him. Christ's resurrection shows that God accepts him as a sinless and perfect sacrifice to pay the death-penalty God requires (Rom. 6:23) for the sin of those who trust in Christ. Jesus is the only man who assuredly has real power over death, since Christ is the only man who has ever risen permanently from the dead (until now), and now he remains forever alive (Hebr. 7:25).

For a deeper discussion that Christ rose from the dead go to: http://www.testingworldviews.com/resurrectjesus.html

And then, if a sinner (which is all of us humans) admits to God they are a sinner, and turns in sorrow away from their sin, while sincerely confessing that they truly trust and rely on Christ (who died and rose to gain their salvation), God promises and guarantees eternal life, resurrection and heaven to that person. This is what the Bible teaches. -- You who are reading this, can come to Christ on these terms, right now!

But then, many Muslims don't accept the idea that Jesus died on the cross. - However, this objection must be rejected and overthrown by the historical records in the incorruptible Bible, which were written by people who lived with Christ, and saw it all happen --and records of these historical events are found in the writings of the New Testament (in the "Injil," the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) of the Bible. --Peter specifically and directly said that he and the others with him were themselves witnesses of the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ (see Acts 2:23-32; and Jn.20:27; 1Jn.1:1-2). The same thing is stated elsewhere as well (in the Gospels), and --as we have seen-- those who believe and respect the Koran must accept this biblical testimony. --Indeed, Jesus did die to pay the death-penalty for our sin (Romans 5:8-10)... and that is a wonderful thing, because either he pays the death-penalty for your sin, or you will pay it yourself, and end up eternally separated from God.

Man's Need for Salvation

The Bible teaches that all humans need to be saved from facing God's eternal judgment, because all of us have sinned. Romans 3:23 says that, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," which includes you, me, and every naturally-born human with a human father (Jesus had no human father). The very best we sinful humans can do, seems filthy and totally unacceptable to the sinless and perfectly pure God (Isaiah 64:6 says: "our 'righteous' acts are like filthy rags" to God.) The sinless God is too pure and holy to allow any evil and sinful beings in his glorious presence (Habak. 1:13). So, in our present sinful condition, none of us can end up in heaven.

The result of our sin-condition is death, as Romans 6:23 says, "the wages of sin is death." Death involves a separation: Physical death is a separation of the person's soul from the body; while spiritual death is the separation of the person's soul (or spirit) from God, resulting in eternal, spiritual death. The iniquities of people cause a wide gulf of separation between sinful people (all of us) and God (Isaiah 59:2), which leads to eternal death of the soul (if not remedied).

Now, some people will say, "Wait a minute. I'm not a horrible person and a sinner." --However, you don't have to be a mass-murderer to be a condemned sinner in God's eyes; you only must be a sinner by nature (which we all are --except Jesus), who has broken God's holy law and commands, spelled out briefly in the Ten Commandments (Exo. 20:1-17). --And no sinner will be allowed to spend eternity with God in heaven... unless his sin problem is paid for, and his sin-nature cleansed and (ultimately) removed; Christ does this when he saves people.

For example: Have you ever stolen anything, however small? --Yes, you (and I) have. And that makes you (and me) a thief at that point, which is the breaking of God's holy law. Unforgiven thieves will not enter God's kingdom (1 Cor. 6:10). -- Or, have you ever told a lie (however small) to proper authority, such as parents, elders, teachers or officials? --Yes, you (and I) have... and that makes you (and me) a liar, which is the breaking of God's holy law. Unforgiven liars will not go to heaven. --Or, have you ever looked (and then looked again) at someone of the opposite sex (who was not your spouse) with sexual lust, and imagined possibly "having" that person sexually (Mat. 5:28), even if you did not act out on that desire? --Yes, you (and I) have, ...and Jesus said that makes you (and me) an adulterer and/or fornicator, which is a breaking of God's holy law (Exo. 20:14). Unforgiven sex-violators will not go to heaven. --And, worst of all, we love, respect, honor and serve money, power, sex, pleasure and especially ourselves and other 'gods' more than we do the one true God, and this violation breaks the first two commandments against idolatry (Ex. 20:3,4). --Need I go on? --I could, but I'm sure I don't need to. -- You (and I) have broken God's law, which makes us law-breakers who would be justly condemned under God's law, ...and the true and holy God cannot just "waive off" our evil and sinfulness and "sweep it under the rug" just because we say a few prayers and fast and do a few other "religious" activities, ...because God is a just and righteous judge who must, therefore, condemn the violation and require the just punishment (eternal death in hell).

This is why the Scripture is right in saying that "there is no one righteous, not even one" (Rom. 3:10); and "all have sinned and fall short of God's glory" (Rom. 3:23). That includes all people --even those who are born into religious families-- whether with Muslim, or Christian parents; no matter what nationality --whether Arab or western. --And such sinners who have fallen short of God's pure and sinless glory do not end up in God's holy presence in his heaven when they die. The holy God won't stand for it. Rather, the result and "the wages of sin is death" (Rom.6:23) as well as eternal separation from God, because God is too pure and holy to allow a sinner in his perfect presence. --That is, unless something is done to remedy the situation and to totally cleanse the guilty sinner. (And a religious sinner dieing as a martyr for his/her faith will not clear them of sin-guilt.) --So, all of us humans are born in need of salvation from our sin and condemnation.

But what can be done, and is there any hope of remedy? --Yes, there is.

God's Provision: Christ The Savior

So, how can a person be saved from being condemned to hell because of their sin? --Well, in a nutshell, the Bible teaches: "Believe (trust and rely) in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved --you and your household" (Acts 16:31). Trusting in Christ is God's only way he provides for salvation, because God's Word says, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name [than Jesus] under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved" (Ac. 4:12). Trusting and receiving Christ into one's life is God's only provision (for all mankind) to deal with your sin --and to gain eternal life. This is not optional, as John writes: "Whoever has [Christ] the Son has [eternal] life; whoever does not have [Jesus] the Son of God does not have [eternal] life" (1 Jn. 5:12). -- All people in the world need the salvation of Christ. --He is the only sinless man who ever lived (and lived a life perfectly pleasing to God), and therefore, he is the only Savior available to the whole world (Jude 1:25).

The Bible says: "For there is only one God, and there is one mediator between God and men: the man Christ Jesus" (1Tim. 2:5). --Only Christ is adequate as such a mediator (a satisfactory go-between to communicate and represent both sides), because he is a divine "person" with a God-nature to properly represent things from God's sinless and holy point of view, and also with a sinless and acceptable human-nature to represent us humans before God.

-- And what did Christ do to purchase and accomplish our salvation? -- "Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died [on the cross] for sinners to bring you safely home to God" (1Peter 3:18). -- "God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners" (Romans 5:8). -- "Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day" (1 Cor. 15:3,4). --So, Christ died in our place, and paid God's death-penalty for our sins (Rom. 6:23), so that our account could be cleared of sin-guilt and we would then be credited with Christ's righteousness (Philip.3:9; 2Cor.5:21; 1Cor.1:30), and so that we would then be given eternal life if we truly trust Jesus for salvation.

But just because Christ (the God-man) paid for sins, does this mean every human will be saved? -- No. -- You personally must make an intentional choice to accept, rely on, and trust in Christ and what he did; and you must surrender your life and submit your will to him, to obey him as the divine authority and "Lord" over your life.

The Bible says, "to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right (& power) to become children of God" (John 1:12). -- "And anyone who believes (trusts and relies) in God's Son (Jesus) has eternal life. Anyone who does not obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God's angry judgment" (John 3:36). -- So we must also resolve to surrender to Christ's divine authority and obey him, as Jesus says to some who do not submit to him: "why do you keep calling me 'Lord, Lord,' when you do not do what I say?" (Luke 6:46). -- Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to [God] the Father except through me" (John 14:6). -- Without having Christ, and submitting to his divine authority, no one will have eternal life.

So, the question is: Are you ready to surrender your life to Christ? ...and to trust in him for forgiveness from sin, so that you may have eternal life and become a child of God, and so you will finally have peace with God and not be destined for God's judgment?

If you are ready to do this, all you need to do is pray (talk) to God and Jesus (the God-man), and tell him (essentially) that: -- 1.) You admit you are a sinner, and you are sorry for your sin, and that you need his forgiveness; -- 2.) You are sorry and willing to turn away from your sin, and turn away from trusting in anything else (such as religious activity, like prayer, fasting and good deeds) to gain merit with God to deserve salvation --that you are trusting only in Christ and his righteousness, that God will credit to you when you trust in Christ (Rom.4:3,6; 1Cor.1:30); -- 3.) that you believe that Christ died on the cross to pay the death-penalty for your sin, and that he came back to life, and is your only way to heaven -- 4.) that you accept Jesus' offer to forgive your sins and to come into your life as your Savior (John 1:12; Rev.3:20); and -- 5.) that you surrender to his authority over your life as your God and divine Boss ...being resolved to obey him.

You may want to tell Jesus (pray to him) words something like this (though there are no certain magic words): "Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sin. I am willing to turn away from my life of sin, and I need your forgiveness. I know that I can never deserve salvation by doing good things, but I trust in you as the only one who can earn and gain salvation for me, because you lived a perfectly sinless life and then you died on the cross for my sin, and then you rose from the dead. I now surrender my heart and will --my whole self-- to your authority, and receive you into my life to obey you as my Lord and God and divine Boss and Savior, so I will receive eternal life as a free and undeserved gift from God. Thank you for saving me, ...and please make me to be the kind of person you choose for me to be. - Amen."

If you sincerely prayed to God/Jesus in a way similar to this (and God knows if you are sincere), then Jesus has promised to save you forever (John 6:37-40). --Start reading the Bible (the true Scriptures), and praying to God/Jesus every day.

True Scripture

And finally --in the end-- everyone will have to realize and admit that the Bible is the only true Scriptures that God has given to mankind.
-- Please read about the fact that the Bible is God's Inspired Word.
-- Also, Does the Bible Claim to Be the Word of God?.
-- And: Is The Bible Truly God's Word?.

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REMEMBER: ...You, dear reader, are valuable and loved by God, and that's why Jesus Christ came! May God bless you and enable you to come to know his great love and forgiveness through God who took on a human body (Jesus), and then died for our sins (Romans 5:8 and 1Peter 3:18) to pay the death-penalty for sins which God requires (Romans 6:23), so that we could become honorary "adopted sons" of God, if we will only trust and believe in this wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus.

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