Category Archives: Salvation – The Gospel

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Is it Possible to Get to Heaven Through Islam?

One thing Christianity and Islam have in common is the exclusivity of heaven. Both teach that people must confess key doctrines of their faith to go to heaven. Since the salvation doctrines of Christianity and Islam are contradictory, both cannot both be true.

Islam

There are three considerations for Muslims regarding heaven according to Islam. First, Muslims can go straight to heaven if they are martyred in jihad (meaning struggle or holy war).

“You who believe, shall I show you a bargain that will save you from painful punishment? Have faith in God and His Messenger and struggle [jihad] for His cause with your possessions and your persons—that is better for you, if only you knew – and He will forgive your sins, admit you into Gardens graced with flowing streams, into pleasant dwellings in the Gardens of Eternity. That is the supreme triumph” (61:10).

Second, Muslims who are not martyred in jihad can expect to spend time in hell.

Not one of you but will pass over it [hell]: this is, with thy Lord, a Decree which must be accomplished. But We shall save those who guarded against evil, and We shall leave the wrong-doers therein, (humbled) to their knees” (Quran 19:71-72).

Third, even though the previous passage states “We [Allah] shall save those who guarded against evil,” there is no way for a Muslim to know they have done this to Allah’s satisfaction. Even Muhammad was not sure of his salvation. Muhammad recited, “I do not know what will be done to me or to you” (46:9). Therefore, Muslim’s have no certainity they will go to heaven.

Christianity

The key consideration for Christians regarding heaven is faith in Christ.

“… if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

In Christianity, it is the martyrdom of Christ, not a believer, that assures heaven.

“In Him [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7).

In Christianity, believers are not condemned to hell for a time.

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

Instead, Christians are promised heaven.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Christians are saved by the effort of Christ, not their own.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Christians have the promise and assurance of salvation.

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

Jesus knew where he was going and where believers will go as well.

“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?b And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:2-3).

Conclusion

Both faiths are in agreement that to worship a false god will prevent such people from entering heaven. Jesus stated, “…I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). This is because only Jesus paid the penalty for sins on the cross and overcame death through His resurrection. Based on Jesus’ words, it is not possible to get to heaven through Islam.

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Suicide is Never the Answer

At the writing of this post, there is much talk about the need to affirm transgendered people to avoid them committing suicide.

Non-affirmation ? Suicide

Suicide simply does not follow from non-affirmation. If if did, everyone would kill themselves. Everyone has to deal with rejection. Live your life. Don’t end it over someone elses views about you.

But it hurts so bad

Everyone deals with people not affirming them. Why don’t they all commit suicide? Because it makes no sense to most people. They are not living their lives based on other people’s approval. Neither should you. Please seek out help to get a proper perspective.

But it’s hateful

Some people are hateful. It’s part of life. It does not warrant letting them get the better of you and committing the ultimate act of hate against yourself. But not all non-affirming views come about by hate. Keep in mind that you don’t affirm all people. Does that mean you hate them? Maybe it does but this is not how all people think. In fact, most people can disagree with others without hating them.

But being LGBT is different

This is true. Most people’s communities are not stressing their differences from others in society are the most important thing about them. You are a human being above your sexuality with value and worth. No one can take this away from you but you can throw it away yourself by committing suicide.

But things will never get better

You’ll have to live your life to know if this is true. What you should know is this is a statement of a depressed person. Depression makes it seem much worse that they are. People do not make good choices in a depressed state – they make bad ones. From a depressed state things can always get better.

If you identify as Christian

Being a Christian means Jesus is not just your Savior but your Lord. He has given you your life as a precious gift. As Lord, He has a plan as to when your earthly life will end. Taking your own life says something about who is really Lord of your life. Jesus could has saved Himself from death but instead He stated, “Not my will but Yours by done.” This is the attitude of a true follower of Christ.

Suicide is not the ultimate answer but the ultimate mistake. I implore you, whether you feel bullied, hated, rejected, depressed, worthless, broke, unemployed, you name it – do not end your life. You were created with a purpose – the purpose to life and love forever. Jesus paid your penalty on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins. Repent and trust in Him for eternal life. Eternal life with God, not death separated from Him, is infinitely more important than anything else in this world.

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What is an ex-Christian?

Romans 8:16  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

According to this verse, true Christians not only believe in God, but know Him.  Not all who claim to know God actually do.

 James 2:19 “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

If false prophets are rejected by Jesus, how much more will those who outright deny Him.

Matthew 10:13  “but whoever denies me [Jesus] before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

People who abandon their faith prove they never knew and loved Jesus.  According to the evangelical pastors I’ve polled, about 40% of evangelical church members are only Christians in profession, but not in possession.

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