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Rebuttal to Sam Shamoun's Article "On the Justice of God Part 2"
Sam Shamoun wrote a response to my rebuttal to his original article.
Please read them before reading this article in order to know what is going on.
Sam Shamoun said:
Notice three points from Zawadi's position. First, in the case of a person being forgiven at death this shows that Allah will forgive an individual's wickedness without demanding that his justice be satisfied or that restitution be made, proving that Allah is unjust and wicked.
First I want to kindly ask Shamoun to not refer to Allah, my God and his God whether he acknowledges Him or not as being wicked. It is a strong term.
Because I don't want to call Sam's God WICKED for letting his Son get brutally tortured for sins he did not commit.
I don't want to call Sam's God WICKED for not holding the person who is directly responsible for his own actions accountable and then punish him. Each one is to die for his own sin. (Deuteronomy 24:16) But no, instead someone innocent dies for the sinner's sins.
31 They have built the high places of Topheth in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the firesomething I did not command, nor did it enter my mind.
If it could not enter God's mind to order people to offer their own sons for sacrifice then how could it enter God's mind to have his own son sacrificed? Was Sam's God that WICKED?
No, no of course not! Lets not go calling each other's God wicked! Okay Sam?
You have every right to criticize my beliefs, but do it best in an objective manner and use words with soft tones in order to express what you are trying to say.
Sam Shamoun said:
Second, the claim that Allah will send Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") to hell in order to be cleansed for unrepentant sins again proves that Allah is unjust as well as being completely arbitrary. He is unjust since he demands that certain Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") be punished or "cleansed" for their sins, whereas others will be forgiven for every and any wickedness committed solely because they repented at the time of death. He is arbitrary in his decisions since he will allow certain sinners and immoral persons to enter paradise without needing to be punished, whereas others he sends to hell or punishes in their graves because of their sins! Allah's injustice and arbitrariness is further seen from the following so-called sound narrations:
First of all no one said that Allah will necessarily accept the repentance of everyone who repents. No one ever said that Allah would not forgive someone who did not repent. Allah might forgive everything except Shirk. It is simply up to God whether he wishes to forgive the person or not. He is the All Just. No one questions what he does.
The repentance of the person has to be sincere...
O ye who believe! Turn unto Allah in sincere repentance!......
Scholars have defined sincere repentance as one that meets specific conditions...
There follows a list of some of them:
1 Giving up the sin immediately.
2 Regretting what has happened in the past.
3 Resolving not to go back to it.
4 Making amends to those whom you have wronged, or asking for their forgiveness.
I am going to quote Shabir Ally from his debate with Prof Shenk "Cross Resurrection And Salvation", which can be downloaded here http://www.aswatalislam.net/DisplayFilesP.aspx?TitleID=50018&TitleName=Shabir_Ally.
Now Professor Shenk asked Shabir this question...
Now you were talking about forgiveness, but God is also just. A judge cant just forgive people. Now does the case for justice need to be fulfilled? How does God match justice with forgiveness? I believe that justice was done on the cross by the Messiah in Isaiah 53.
Shabir Ally replied back saying...
There are two wrongs that we can do, one is wronging human beings and the other is wronging God. If we wrong God, it is simply within Gods prerogative to simply forgive us and let us go. If we wrong other human beings, then God could forgive us by recompensing that other person for his or her loss or we recompense them our selves so justice is fulfilled and our forgiveness is guaranteed. Now do human judges have authority to forgive? Yes they do, as you can see if someone had a parking ticket and appropriate excuse, like he was in a hurry etc. he would be forgiven. It is true that judges do not have ultimate authority to forgive because they have authority above them, they have to answer to the state, to the people, and so they have to make it appear that justice is being done. On the other hand, God is not comparable to this human judge in this sense because God is the ultimate authority and no one can question him. Now your solution doesnt work, because if you say that God took the place of us in the courtroom that means that he becomes the criminal and who is there to condemn God. If God himself is the criminal then who is the judge?
We ask God to forgive us. What is wrong with this? Why does there have to be shedding of blood and punishment all the time? Forgiveness is not always contrary to justice as Shabir pointed out with the parking ticket example.
Plus if Sam wants to condemn Allah for forgiving our sins after we repented then he has to condemn his own God as well...
21 "But if a wicked man turns away from all the sins
he has committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, he will surely
live; he will not die.
22 None of the offenses he has committed will be remembered against him. Because of the righteous things he has done, he will live.
23 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?
24"But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live? None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness he is guilty of and because of the sins he has committed, he will die.
Why would Jesus have us repent to God for our mistakes then?...
"This, then, is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.[a]' 14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
We are asking God to forgive us our sins, like how we should forgive people. Do we forgive people by punishing them? No! So is Sam criticizing his God as well for forgiving us just because we repented? If not, then why criticize Allah? Why question God with your limited understanding and knowledge? God judges fairly. Don't question him.
Sam Shamoun said:
Abu Huraira reported from Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) that his Lord, the Exalted and Glorious, thus said: A servant committed a sin and he said: O Allah, forgive me my sins, and Allah (the Exalted and Glorious) said: My servant commited a sin and then he came to realise that he has a Lord Who forgives the sins and takes to account (the sinner) for the sin. He then again committed a sin and said: My Lord, forgive me my sin, and Allah, the Exalted and High, said: My servant committed a sin and then came to realise that he has a Lord Who would forgive his sin or would take (him) to account for the sin. He again committed a sin and said: My Lord, forgive me for my sin, and Allah (the Exalted and High) said: My servant has committed a sin and then came to realise that he has a Lord Who forgives the sins or takes (him) to account for sin. O servant, do what you like. I have granted you forgiveness.
'Abd al-A'la said: I do not know whether he said thrice or four times to do, " what you desire". The hadith has been narrated on the authority of 'Abd al-A'la b. Hammad with the same chain of transmitters. (Sahih Muslim, Book 037, Number 6642)
Allah allows a person to sin as much as he wants so long as he simply repents!
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
The Prophet said, "Amongst the men of Bani Israel there was a man who had murdered ninety-nine persons. Then he set out asking (whether his repentance could be accepted or not). He came upon a monk and asked him if his repentance could be accepted. The monk replied in the negative and so the man killed him. He kept on asking till a man advised to go to such and such village. (So he left for it) but death overtook him on the way. While dying, he turned his chest towards that village (where he had hoped his repentance would be accepted), and so the angels of mercy and the angels of punishment quarrelled amongst themselves regarding him. Allah ordered the village (towards which he was going) to come closer to him, and ordered the village (whence he had come), to go far away, and then He ordered the angels to measure the distances between his body and the two villages. So he was found to be one span closer to the village (he was going to). So he was forgiven." (Sahih al-Bukari, Volume 4, Book 56, Number 676)
Here is a man who kills hundred people in cold blood and yet is forgiven because he had a desire to repent! No demand for justice, no demand that retribution be made to the families of the victims, simply repent and Allah will forgive!
These narrations are basically encouraging Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") to commit gross immorality and to expressly violate the law without any fear of judgment, provided they repent, and shows that Allah absolutely cares less whether his justice is satisfied!
Its not like the hadith shows Allah encouraging the guy to go and sin and then repent. Allah loves repentance. However, he is also just. God is omniscient. People cannot play God for a fool. People can't make a mockery out of the mercy of God. If people are intentionally and planning to commit sins and then planning to repent to God, then what kind of repentance is that? God knows what is in the person's heart. God only accepts sincere repentance. You can't fool God. If the person is truly having a problem sinning and feels bad and keeps turning to God for repentance in sincerity then yes Allah will forgive him. But Allah won't forgive someone trying to make a mockery out of His Mercy.
And how does Sam know that God did not recompense the families of the victims? Or the victims themselves? Can't God recompense them in the next life if not in this one?
What about the woman who committed adultery and Jesus just simply forgave her and did not have her punished? (John 8:1-8) Is that wrong as well?
Sam Shamoun said:
Third, the hadiths contradict the Quran since the latter says that at the moment of death a person's repentance will not be accepted:
Repentance with Allah is only for those who do evil in ignorance, then turn (to Allah) soon, so these it is to whom Allah turns (mercifully), and Allah is ever Knowing, Wise. And repentance is not for those who go on doing evil deeds, until when death comes to one of them, he says: Surely now I repent; nor (for) those who die while they are unbelievers. These are they for whom We have prepared a painful chastisement. S. 4:17-18 Shakir
In fact, here is what supposedly happened to unbelievers when they repented at the face of disaster:
So when they saw Our punishment, they said: "We believe in Allah Alone and reject (all) that we used to associate with Him as (His) partners. Then their Faith (in Islamic Monotheism) could not avail them when they saw Our punishment. (Like) this has been the way of Allah in dealing with His slaves. And there the disbelievers lost utterly (when Our Torment covered them). S. 40:84-85 Hilali-Khan
Allah refused to accept their profession of faith! Hence, the above texts clearly say that a person (especially one who professes faith) that continues to live wickedly and decides to repent at the face of death will not be forgiven, a blatant contradiction with the so-called sound hadiths which teach otherwise.
First I want to thank Sam for posting Surah 4:17, which clearly shows the justice of Allah and it reinforces what I was saying earlier about God only accepting sincere repentance and not those who go around committing sins intentionally and plan to repent trying to make a mockery out of God's mercy.
Secondly, Sam is right. Repentance is not accepted at the time of death. However, this does not contradict the hadith.
I read the hadith in Arabic here http://hadith.al-islam.com/Display/Display.asp?hnum=5379&doc=0. The hadith ends at "in spite of Abu Dharrs dislikeness".
The continuation is only the opinion of Abu Abdullah. This is not part of the hadith. The Prophet did not say those words. It was only the opinion of a companion.
So no Hadith contradicting the Quran, just an error from a companion. The Prophet made it clear that repentance is not accepted at time of death...
18. `Abdullah bin `Umar bin
Al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with them) reported that: The Prophet (PBUH) said,
"Allah accepts a slave's repentance as long as the latter is not on his death
bed (that is, before the soul of the dying person reaches the throat)".
[At-Tirmidhi, who categorised it as Hadith Hasan]. (Riyad Us Saliheen, Chapter on Repentance, Hadith No. 18, Source)
Sam Shamoun said:
Zawadi seeks to address Allah sending Jews and Christians in hell in place of Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") by quoting the following:
And the meaning of this hadith came in the hadith of Abu Hurayrah Everyone has a house in paradise and a house in hell. So when the believer enters paradise behind him is a disbeliever who enters the hell fire earning it for his disbelief.
It is also said that the reason this statement was said was in order to ensure and relieve the Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") that the house that they have in hell is now filled. This psychologically relieves the Muslim so that he won't think that he would need to have the house filled. However, God filled it with a Christian or a Jew. He did not put them there unjustly but justly because of their disbelief. (Source: http://hadith.al-islam.com/Display/Display.asp?Doc=1&Rec=6396)
The problem with this logic is that if every person has a place in hell and heaven this means that there will be empty houses in both places. After all, for every person that enters hell there will be an empty house in paradise, and vice-versa. So who will be occupying all those homes in heaven left empty by all those Jews and Christians in hell?
To put it another way, if the Jews and Christians will occupy the place of Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") in hell then who will occupy the places assigned to the former while there? After all, even Jews and Christian have their own homes in hell so how can they occupy their assigned places and the places left vacant by Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more")? Does this mean that each Jew and Christian will take up two spaces in hell? Likewise, does this mean that Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") will occupy two places in heaven, that of their own as well as of the Jews and Christian who didn't make it?
As for the logic regarding the whole issue. Well I don't see anything illogical about it. Your asking what would happen to the empty house in heaven that was supposed to be for the Christian and Jew, will the Muslim occupy it or will it be empty? Maybe the Muslim will and maybe the Muslim won't, who cares?
Will the Muslim occupy two houses in heaven and the Christian and Jew occupy two houses in hell? Maybe yes and maybe no, who cares!? If yes, then how could the person be in two houses at the same time? Maybe, he swaps houses from time to time. WHO CARES!?
The point is that the disbeliever goes to hell and the Muslim goes to heaven.
Sam Shamoun said:
Finally, saying that Jews and Christians go to hell because of their unbelief doesn't explain why they are being punished in place of Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more"). How can Allah ransom Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") from hell by replacing them with Jews and Christians if in fact these Jews and Christians are going to hell because of their own sins? Are they being punished for their sins or for the sins of Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more")? Or are they being punished for their sins AND for the sins of these Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more"), which would be both unjust and cruel?
I believe I already gave an adequate possible explanation in my previous rebuttal. I will repeat it again...
Its meaning is that Allah forgives the sins of the Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") and removes it from them and places it on the Jews and Christians its same amount due to their disbelief and sins, so He places him in the hellfire due to their deeds and not the sins of the Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more"), and there cannot be any other explanation for this due to Gods statement: None shall carry the burden of another (Surah 17:15)
And its possible that the sins being referred to (the ones that Allah will forgive from the Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more")) is because of the cause of the disbelievers, for if they caused it then it will be removed from the burden of Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") by the mercy of Allah, and is placed on the disbelievers, for they instigated it, and whoever instigates a sin then he would receive a sin on his account for anyone that ever gets affected by it, and God knows best.
Let me give an example to clarify that. Lets say a non Muslim distributes drugs throughout the community. One Muslim happens to get his hands on these drugs and uses it. The Muslim gets a sin. However, the non Muslim gets a sin as well because it was his fault the Muslim is doing it. So if Allah on the day of judgment decides to forgive the Muslim for his sin, he would place it on the non Muslim.
This does not guarantee that a Muslim who commits a sin because of a non Muslim will automatically get forgiven. No, it is only if Allah decides to forgive that Muslim. This also applies to Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") who happen to be the cause of Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") committing sins as well and does not only apply to the non Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more").
Sam Shamoun said:
It is amazing how Zawadi thinks that these commentaries actually provide clarification, when all they show is that Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") were confused and perplexed regarding how to reconcile all these statements. Basically, Zawadi's quotes only confuse matters and further compound the problems. Moreover, notice that even his own sources admit that Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") who die professing faith in Islamic monotheism and Muhammad's apostleship will go to paradise despite how wicked they may have been on earth! For instance, here is what the last quote says:
... With this notion, they become unmindful of the obligations. Verbal profession DOES GIVE THEM THE SECURITY THAT THEY WOULD NOT ABIDE IN HELL FOREVER FOR ULTIMATELY THEY WILL GO TO JANNAH (paradise). Our people are generally under the impression that all sinful Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more"), like the perfect Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more"), will go to Jannah in the very first instance. According to proofs furnished by other injunctions of Shariah, this is not so...
Thus, his sources are not denying that even the most wicked and vile Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") will enter heaven. They only deny that they will enter paradise right away since they will need to go to hell for a period of time in order to cleansed. But this leads to even more problems. If Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") are sent to hell in order to be "cleansed" then what need is there of punishing Jews and Christians in their place? This either means that their stay in hell wasn't long enough to purify them or to satisfy Allah's justice, thereby requiring a substitute. Or, even though their stay was sufficient to purify them, Allah still decides to throw Jews and Christians in hell in place of these Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") because of his extreme hatred and pure cruelty.
Sam asks why Christians and Jews will go to hell forever and that sinful Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") would go for a temporary amount of time. Well its simple because Allah has declared disbelief in Him unforgivable and that the disbelievers will abide in hell for eternity. So you cannot compare the Muslim to the Christian or Jew in this respect.
Secondly, the commentator made a mistake by not stating clearly that the verbal profession must be sincere. All Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") know that the profession must be sincere in order to attain salvation. The Prophet made this clear...
Volume 1, Book 3, Number 130:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
"Once Mu'adh was along with Allah's Apostle as a companion rider. Allah's Apostle said, "O Mu'adh bin Jabal." Mu'adh replied, "Labbaik and Sa'daik. O Allah's Apostle!" Again the Prophet said, "O Mu'adh!" Mu'adh said thrice, "Labbaik and Sa'daik, O Allah's Apostle!" Allah's Apostle said, "There is none who testifies sincerely that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is his Apostle, except that Allah, will save him from the Hell-fire." Mu'adh said, "O Allah's Apostle ! Should I not inform the people about it so that they may have glad tidings?" He replied, "When the people hear about it, they will solely depend on it." Then Mu'adh narrated the above-mentioned Hadith just before his death, being afraid of committing sin (by not telling the knowledge).
The testimony has to be sincere. This would save him from abiding in the hellfire for eternity.
Just merely saying the testimony and not meaning it does not save someone from the hellfire. Even the hypocrites used to say the Shahadah and not mean it...
When the hypocrites come to you, they say: We bear witness that you are most surely Allah's Apostle; and Allah knows that you are most surely His Apostle, and Allah bears witness that the hypocrites are surely liars.
Read this article which covers this topic in full detail.
Sam Shamoun said:
Zawadi now focuses his attention on the Holy Bibles:
Ironically it is the God of the Bible that seems to be unjust in this matter.
Matthew 5:17-20, Matthew 23:1-317"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I 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 until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
So the Bible teaches that even if you break the commandments and teach others to do so, you will still go to heaven but in a lesser position and level than those who do abide by them. So the punishment of those who break the commandments is for example 'besides getting a castle, you would only get a small mansion' There is no indication that they would even be punished for their sins.
In order to understand Jesus' point we need to quote both the immediate and overall contexts of this particular sermon:
"For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:20
"Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it." Matthew 7:24-27
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
From the foregoing we see that Jesus was seeking to warn his disciples about breaking the least of his commandments, since such an attitude would lead to a demotion in the kingdom. The desire of every true believer should be to honor God by obeying all of Christ's commandments, seeking to refrain from violating any of them:
"Why do you call me `Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you? Every one who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep, and laid the foundation upon rock; and when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But he who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation; against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great." Luke 6:46-49
"'If you love me, you will keep my commandments... He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.' ... Jesus answered him, 'If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.'" John 14:15, 21, 23-24
The Bible expressly teaches that all who are saved by the grace of God will obey the Lord since obedience is the necessary fruit of salvation. In other words, those whom God saves and transforms will live obedient lives since this is the result of salvation:
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God -- not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:8-10
"For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds." Titus 2:11-14
Yet Zawadi is correct in one respect. A believer who fails to exhort others, as well as himself, to obey even the least of the commands will not go to hell, and there is a reason why he will not. The Holy Bible says that a person's salvation is dependant upon the perfect work and death of the Lord Jesus:
"she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21
"Jesus said to him, 'If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.'" Matthew 19:21
It is the perfect righteousness of Christ which surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, which merits eternal life for all those who by faith receive him as Lord and Savior:
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." John 3:14-18
"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?' She said to him, 'Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.'" John 11:25-27
"Then as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man's act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man's obedience many will be made righteous." Romans 5:18-19
"because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved. The scripture says, 'No one who believes in him will be put to shame.' For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and bestows his riches upon all who call upon him. For, 'every one who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.'" Romans 10:9-13
Moreover, Christ willfully took upon himself the punishment of the sins committed against God in order to satisfy God's perfect holiness and justice:
"My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin; but if any one does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world." 1 John 2:1-2
"In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins." 1 John 4:9-10
In so doing, God maintains his justice and holiness in perfect balance with his love and mercy since, unlike what we find in Islam, God has a basis for allowing a person who fails to perform all of Christ's commandments into his glorious presence. The punishment and price for such a failure has been fully paid and met in the life, death and resurrection of Christ for all those who believe and repent:
"But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction; since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an atoning sacrifice by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus. Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works? No, but on the principle of faith. For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law." Romans 3:21-28
"But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received our reconciliation." Romans 5:8-11
It is ironic that Sam admits that sinful Christians will not go to hell or be punished for their sins because they believe in the Lordship of Jesus and yet criticizes Allah for allowing sinful Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") to go unpunished and just believe in Him.
Come on people, please lets use our logic and really think who is more just.
Islamic Concept of God
This God holds everyone accountable for their sins. If they repent, God may or may not forgive them. It depends on their sincerity. If they wrong others and if Allah decides to forgive the sinner who harmed somebody then he will recompense the victim or his family or so on and forth. God loves that we repent and is the All Merciful. However, He is All Just and knows if someone is trying to make a mockery out of His Mercy and therefore will not forgive them
Christian Concept of God
This God does not punish those who commit sins no matter what as long as they believe in his lordship. The sinner is not punished for his sins. As a matter of fact an innocent person is punished and executed for the sins that he did not commit. This God NEEDS bloodshed to occur in order to forgive people. Why would such a God NEED this to happen? Where is the justice in someone innocent dying for our sins. Yes this God did come down voluntarily to die for us, however why do such a thing. If someone did something wrong against me, why do I need to punish my self in order to forgive him?
In conclusion, I can not find anything but justice when I look at the concept of God in Islam and anything but injustice when I look at the concept of God in Christianity.
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Islam and the Noble Quran - Questions and Answers.
Contradictions and History of Corruption in the Bible.
Questions about Jesus that trinitarian Christians don't have logical answers for.
What parts of the Bible do Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") believe are closest to the Truth? and Why?
"Allah" was GOD Almighty's original Name in the Bible according to the Hebrew and Aramaic sources.
Scientific Miracles in Islam and the Noble Quran.
Most of the Bible's books and gospels were written by mysterious people!
Jesus mentioned Muhammad by the name in the Bible.
Did Isaiah 53 really prophesies about the crucifixion of Jesus? It supports Islam's claims about Jesus peace be upon him never died on the cross. I also addressed John 19:36-37 from the Bible and proved that Jesus never got crucified, since GOD Almighty promised that he will protect Jesus' body and not let even a single bone be broken. My question to all Christians is: How in the world is it possible for the feet to get nailed on the cross without any penetration to the bones by the nails, hence breaking part of the feet's bones?! I also added refutations to Exodus 12:46, Numbers 9:12, Zechariah 12:10 and Psalm 34:20, which supposedly prove the Christians' belief about Jesus crucifixion. I proved that this dogma has no truth what so ever and exposed the wrong Trinitarian English translation of Zechariah 12:10.
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