Channel: Ashraf Schneider
This short discussion contrasts salvation in Christianity with salvation in Islam.
- The Christian understanding of salvation
- Salvation in the Quran 39:53 – “O my servants who have transgressed against themselves – do no despair of God’s mercy, for God certainly forgives all sins. He is indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.”
- Repentance in Islam
- Does salvation/repentance in the Old Testament require bloodshed
- “… The multitude of your sacrifices – what are they to me?” says the Lord…”I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts… Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed; take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” [Bible Isaiah 1:11-17]
- “… The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them. But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps to my laws/decrees and does righteous deeds, that person will surely live and will not die…” [Bible Ezekiel 18:20]
- Proverbs 21:3
- Isaiah 6
- Does salvation/repentance in the New Testament require bloodshed
- Jesus says, “I will have mercy, not sacrifice, for I did not come to call the righteous but I came to call the wicked” [Matthew 9:13]
- … “Our Father in heaven… forgive us our sins as we forgive those who transgress against us…”
- Luke 19:1-9 “Today salvation has come to this house… “
- Of disputed authorship is Hebrews 9:22 justifying blood sacrifice which is in contrast to Jesus’ teachings mentioned here before.
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Katana rajim Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim peace blessings and mercy upon you all. Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. I've recently been asked a very profound question by accidental Muslims as to what my favorite verse is within the Holy Quran. Now, in order for me to answer this question and for you to understand my answer, I think it's important for you to know a little bit more about me as to where I come from. I was born and raised in a Christian family, and my father was a pastor, and for a very long time in my life, I was dedicated to follow in his footsteps. But in 2013, I was introduced to the Holy Quran and I started studying this revelation. And I eventually embraced Islam
within my life. And I accepted that there's only one true Almighty God, that He is not been gotten, nor has he been yet and that there's nothing like unto Him. And I accepted that Mohammed, peace and blessings be upon him is his messenger. Now the question that I've been asked as to what my favorite verse is within the Holy Quran, touches upon a subject within Christianity that is at the very core of its foundation, regarding the concept of salvation. Now, in the Christian concept, it's believed that the only means of salvation is through the blood of Christ. And this is due to a decree that was written by polis in the book of Hebrews chapter nine, verse 22, where he says that without the
shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin.
And this was used as a means of justification as to why Christ had to be crucified and why his blood had to be spoiled for the salvation of his people. However, in the Holy Quran, there's a beautiful verse and this is my favorite verse in the Holy Quran in chapter 39, verse 53, God writes the following, he says that, oh, my servants who transgressed against themselves by sinning, do not despair for the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins, indeed, he is most merciful and most forgiving. Now, what this means is that no matter how much sin you've accumulated throughout your entire life might even be the weight of a mountain. If you sincerely repent unto God, and you
are his servant and submission, and you seek to do justice and righteousness, that he will wipe your slate clean, that he will forgive you of your sins, for as long as it's within your heart in sincerity. So, this isn't a position of the Christian concept that you can only gain salvation through the blood of Christ. However, through my theological study of the Holy Quran, the Torah and the Gospels, I found that I could no longer hold on to the Christian concept, because as soon as I started studying these revelations In comparison, I found that the Christian concept is actually based upon a fantasy. I'll give you a couple of examples. I know that it is a rather sensitive
topic. But in the book of is science chapter one, verse 11, to 20, we find the following verse when God speaks, and he says that the multitude of your sacrifices that you bring in front of me, what are they to me, says the Lord. I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls, Rams and goats when you come to appear here before me. Who's asked this of you this trembling of my court? Take your evil beads out of my sight. Stop doing wrong. Learn to do right, seek justice, defend the oppressed, take up the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow, come down. Let us settle this matter, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow. Though there are
reddest crimson, there won't be as well. Now, what this revelation teaches is that salvation is not exclusive to bloodshed. First, we find that God says that the insincerity and your sacrifices, I don't need anything of this. All I seek for you to do is to submit unto me like a servant, to seek justice, to defend the oppressed, to take up the cause of the fatherless, to plead the case of the widow, and I will forgive you of your sentence. Now, if you look at the vertical law regarding sacrifice, there is not a single verse in Leviticus that says that the only way for you to gain salvation is through bloodshed. Nor is there a single verse in the gospel which declares it is
irrelevant within the Old Testament and in the Gospel. And to give you another example,
in the book of Ezekiel, chapter 18, verse 2221, it says the following, the son will not share the son of a parent, nor will the parents share in the son of the Son, the wicked of the wicked will be charged against them, the righteousness of the righteous will be credited towards them. But if the person that isn't wickedness, turns away from the sins that they've committed, and they follow my laws and decrees, that person will surely love and they will not die, meaning that they will inherit eternal life. Now, there is no mention of blood sacrifice or anything here and if you want to seek more
references for instance, in Proverbs chapter 21, verse three in OSI chapter six, it says exactly the same thing that God does not seek these the sacrifices, all he truly seeks is that you turn to human submission, and that he will forgive you for your sins if you turn towards him. Now, you might be saying that okay, I do understand this from a theological perspective within the Torah. But what does the New Testament have to say, if we look at the message of Jesus Christ, so if you choose to follow in his footsteps, I truly pray that you follow him sincerely. Because what he says is that in Matthew, chapter nine, verse 13, he declares as to what his mission is, and he says that I will have
mercy and not sacrifice, for I did not come to call to the righteous, but I came to call the wicked to repentance, meaning that he came to call the people that on wickedness that are not following the laws and decrees of God. He came to call them to repentance to God. No way in this verse as your reference that you first need to have a blood sacrifice. No way does he reference that I first need to die upon a cross in order for you to gain salvation. He says that repent unto God for salvation, and whenever he taught as to how to pray unto God, and how to seek the salvation and this repentance, he said, that our father that's in heaven, forgive us our sins, and have us forgive
those have transgressed against us so that we might gain your forgiveness. Now, this is the fatherly prayer that he has taught. This is often repeated within the churches, and yet people do not realize what they are saying, because there's no blood as it is within the Old Testament and aside to one verse 11 to 20, in Proverbs in his saya in his ego, nowhere is the reference to any blood sacrifice. No way does it say that. In order for you to gain salvation, you first need to shed blood like polis had said much, much later.
To give you another example, within the New Testament where Jesus Christ peace be upon him speaks. In the book of Luke chapter 19, Jesus Christ is approached by a very wealthy man. And this man asked him that listen, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus Christ told him that if you want to enter into life, of all the wealth that you have attained from the people, and of that, that you stole from them, give it back to them. And this man actually paid the wealth back to the people that he stole from. And he paid four times as much back to those that he that he took form from unjustly. And therefore he paid that money back to them, and Jesus Christ, peace and blessings be upon him. He
said, upon his very own lips, he said that salvation will come to this house, because what this man had done is that he realized that he did an unjust ification and that he wanted to do justice and he paid back the wealth to the poor, to the needy, and to possibly the people that do not have that sustenance within their lives. So he did a righteous act, and upon the lips of Jesus Christ, he said that salvation will come to this house, and there's no mention of blood sacrifice, no way this Jesus Christ, peace and blessings be upon him. No way does He say that you first need to sacrifice blood in order for you to gain forgiveness of your son, nor does he say that I first need to die upon a
cross in order for you to gain forgiveness of your sin. Right then then the through his writers at the Jesus peace be upon him say that you will gain forgiveness for your sins.
Now what is important to realize is that the decree that polis had declared in Hebrews chapter nine, verse 22, is but only to justify why Jesus Christ had to die upon the cross for the salvation of sins. Because without this decree, anybody can turn towards God and repent onto him. And think about this logically, if you are born within this life, and you've never met anyone that is in Christianity, and you surrender onto God and you believe that there's a higher power, and you cry out sincerely within your heart, that this God would forgive you of your sins that you've committed, then surely he would give you forgiveness, because that is what the Torah, the Gospels and the Holy
Quran says that you can turn to God directly, that you don't need this third party or this decree that was written by a man in order to gain salvation, that we can just submit an insincerity that we will gain forgiveness, for God is most merciful and most forgiving. Now, if you read the Quran, there are many such references where God says that if you turn towards me and sincere repentance, that I will forgive you, that if you seek me that I will be there for you, if you call upon me, I will answer you. So let us turn back to this Almighty Creator and let us seek sincere repentance and let us grow in righteousness to be closer to him. Now, I would like to make a personal request that
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