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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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Can people be saved who intentionally keep on sinning?

Luke 13:3  “Repent, or you will likewise perish.”

Repent means “to turn away from.”  We are to turn away from sin, have genuine contrition, and commit to stop sinning with God’s help.  For example, what if a wife discovered her husband was having an affair and he pleaded for forgiveness, but after some time he began to beg her to let him resume his affair?  Is this repentance?  No, this is anti-repentance.  If he were truly repentant, he would have wished the affair never happened and would do everything possible to restore his relationship with his wife because of his love for her.  So repenting to God is to be truly sorrowful for our sins, turn away from doing them, and live for God instead of our sinful appetites.

Hebrews 10:26-29  If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,  27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.  28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

I’m not so bad – my good works will outweigh the bad ones

James 2:10  “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”

When a person stands before a judge in court, the judge is not trying to figure out how good a person is but how guilty an person is.  One violation of law requires the judge to declare guilt and a punishment.  It is similar with God.  Just one violation of His law determines us as guilty in the same way as if we broke all the laws.  Good human judges cannot be bribed and neither can God.

Deuteronomy 10:17  “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.”

A good human judge does not overlook punishment and neither does God.

Proverbs 11:21  “Be sure of this, God will not let the guilty go unpunished.”

But you say, “I’m so good (self-righteous).”  Many criminals don’t think they are bad people either.  But it does not matter – it only matters what the judge thinks.  What does God think of our good works?

Isaiah 64:6  “…all our righteous acts are like filthy rags…”

It is not our goodness that saves us but God’s goodness and grace.

Ephesians 2:8-9  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

For a more detailed explanation why goodness does not save, read the first lesson of Why Jesus available in the sidebar for free.