What is the plan of salvation in Islam? | John Ankerberg Show

What is the plan of salvation in Islam?

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Ankerberg: Okay. Next take me to what you fellows believed you had to do to get to heaven. What was the plan of salvation in Islam?

Emir: Well, here are, you know chapter 2 of the Qur’an, which we would recite and memorize, that “Allah loves not the transgressor, but Allah loves those who do righteous deeds.” And so Allah was always judge. He was always to be feared. He was always to be recognized as a person, a God of wrath. And we just hopefully prayed, as the prayer of Islam says, that he is “often merciful.” But even then, I could be the best person in the world; my scales could tip so strongly on the good side, yet Allah is also one who makes the decision at his own pleasure and not based on my works alone. And thus it says, “Allah leads astray whomever he pleases.” And in fact, the Hadith makes this clear, in probably the most savage of all notions. Book 32, Number 6435 deals with this, where it’s dealing with the young lady who has just lost an infant. She goes to Muhammad, she says “At least the bird” referring to her child, “is flying in paradise” and Muhammad responds to her and says, “Some birds are created for paradise; some birds are created for hell.” And there we see a heart of Allah. Not merely transcendent, but arbitrarily, sovereignly, it is the same thing acts according to his purpose, not merely you being good.

Ankerberg: Okay, when you guys were growing up, you were thinking of these scales every day and you were trying to balance your good deeds versus your bad deeds. And you were always worried, okay, as anyone would be. And the fact is, for those that are Muslims that are listening right now, what is grace? Because if you don’t know what it is, it’s not just another plan of how you can work to get to heaven. We are talking about something completely different. What is it?

Ergun: I have the joy of telling the Muslim, that not only does God love you, but YOU were created for a personal relationship with HIM. That every person on the planet, regardless of your background, your culture, your color; every person was created with this hole, this gaping hole inside of you, that can only be filled by God.

Secondly, grace fills that hole where works tries to fill it with everything else: success, goodness, niceness. You know the Bible tells us that “your righteousness is as filthy rags.” [Isa. 64:6] And the hard thing for us to understand is, we think of our unrighteousness as filthy – that makes sense; our sin as filthy – that makes sense. But what the Scripture is actually saying is, my best day in the flesh, my best acts, my most well-intentioned motives are as filthy rags. So, even the good things that I do if I do them in the flesh are not sufficient to balance out any scales.

So grace is God seeing this gaping hole between me and Him; knowing that there is not a single human being that could fill this. It had to be a spotless Lamb that would not die for its own sins. Well, since nobody on the planet has ever been spotless, the incarnation of God – Jesus didn’t come to the earth to be God. He was God before He left – the incarnation of God in the flesh was for the purpose of being the Spotless Lamb, which was why John the Baptist, who cried out for repentance, John the Baptist said, the Agnes Dei, the Lamb of God. [John 1:29, 36] This one statement portrays His purpose and His future: that He was going to be crucified. Grace was the blood that was shed, grace was the forgiveness that was offered. And grace means that I cannot clean myself up. I cannot make myself nice enough. I cannot repent enough to earn salvation. All I have to do is throw myself on the mercy of the court. And He will forgive.

Ankerberg: Yes! You’ve got a chapter in one of your books that talks about grace. And for Islam, your salvation is that you do good works, and after you do them, you can hope that God will give you mercy, okay? But you’ve got to do those good works. If you don’t do the good works forget even applying, okay?

You can be a total sinner over here in Christianity, looking at Christianity, and the fact is, you come to Christ and you realize He is going to forgive all that you have done, and all you will do. You’re not making any promises in the sense that I’m going to, at the front end, get in because I make these promises or do good works. And you are not going to stay in because you do good works. Front end and back end are covered by Jesus Christ. It is totally grace. Talk to that.

Emir: And the Muslim will say, “Well, it seems like you are cheapening God’s grace. Somehow someone who is on death row can accept Christ and he is going to heaven? How can you explain that?” And there is no cheapening, because it was the very blood of God shed for them. They don’t understand that atonement means all sins must be accounted for, not some sins. That is, you cannot have sins atone for other sin. You can’t have good works atone for other sins; you must atone for everything that is wrong with something that is righteous. And a good work is filthy because it is in comparison to God Himself and the standard can’t be kept. Grace is something that is undeserved and a Muslim knows graciousness; a Muslim never does understand grace.

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Danso delali
2 years ago

Scripture also teaches that no amount of human goodness, human works, human morality, or religious activity can gain acceptance with God or get anyone into heaven. The moral man, the religious man, and the immoral and non-religious are all in the same boat. They all fall short of God’s perfect righteousness. After discussing the immoral man, the moral man, and the religious man in Romans 1:18-3:8, the Apostle Paul declares that both Jews and Greeks are under sin, that “there is no one righteous, not even one” (Rom. 3:9-10).

Shah Jahan
Shah Jahan
2 years ago

Quran needs to be directly seen rather than a commentary by a Muslim. For us (Muslims) every Prophet is His (Allah’s) messenger and is to be respected.

salman
salman
2 years ago

In islam purpose of life of man is a test… It is simple, those who do good deeds their good deeds shall overcome their bad deeds and thus sent to heaven and those whose bad deeds exceeds their good deeds shall be thrown in hell for his punishment…. This is justice, but if we go through bible s way of grace then god wants to send everybody to heaven regardless their deeds, so does that mean that a guy who misbehaved with a woman can go to heaven just by confessing before his death… Where is the justice for the… Read more »

perry utanis
perry utanis
3 years ago

If Allah love his people is there any words in the Koran saying I love you and I want you to be with me in heaven?

Ninan Eappen
Ninan Eappen
3 years ago

Jesus says no one come to god but by him.He is the only way because of his supreme Sacrifice

Ninan Eappen
Ninan Eappen
3 years ago

The Almighty god has his own means to punish or save the infidels .No human is authorized to do it. And no human is righteous to do it.

Jason Leong
3 years ago

barBARKAT MASIH, If you can accept the story that Your Prophet Mohammad during one of those periods of retreat, when he was 40 years old and meditating in a cave called al-Ḥirāʾ in the Mountain of Light (Jabal al-Nūr) near Mecca, that Muhammad experienced the presence of the archangel Gabriel and the process of the Qurʾānic revelation began without qualification Isn’t it an irony that you cannot accept the story of Virgin Mary as well The true Story of the Virgin Birth – Virgin Mary’s End … http://www.tldm.org/news/virginbirth.htm If you can accept Jesus as one of your holy prophet but… Read more »

salman
salman
2 years ago
Reply to  Jason Leong

Brother… Miracle is not the way of justify a god because if it is so then Jesus said “i perform miracles with the finger of god”
Jesus warned that in the last days counterfeit christs would arise who would masquerade as the Messiah and claim to be the savior of the world. “Jesus answered and said to them: ‘Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, “I am the Christ,” and will deceive many’ ” (Matthew 24:4, 5, NKJV).

BarBARKAT MASIH
BarBARKAT MASIH
4 years ago

Sir can you help me with the question that always comes from Muslim people’s that how can you say that the trinity is one that is God. Many Muslims says that God didn’t marry so how could be God has his Son. And holyspirit.

Shelly
Shelly
3 years ago

Hello,
The Trinity is above our human comprehension, however I sometimes think of water, it is water, it is vapour, it is ice. When water is frozen, it is still water with different attributes. Another way to look at it could be like an earthly father one man, but he is a husband and a father, a lawyer, a Reverend. He is still just one man. That is how I humbly attempt to comprehend it.

Ninan Eappen
Ninan Eappen
3 years ago

sun is the source of light and heat. God (The heavenly father) is the source,Jesus is the light and holi spirit is the heat

Ayub
Ayub
3 years ago

Gog have no son
Jesus was massanger of God and son of merry

Anthony
Anthony
2 years ago

God is the creater of the universe he can do what pleases him to save mankind he himself came to the earth to show to teach between good and evil because people like you don’t understand at all,so it’s foolish to discuss. You know god can do what he likes I mean anything so please don’t make your own decision,because you don’t know what gods plan!!!

John R Wilke
4 years ago

They didn’t explain the sickest part of Islam’s ideology & that is you can be assured of “paradise” if you kill infidels.

felixkumar
felixkumar
4 years ago

Nabi(Islam)-9 years old girl Aisha who was a married person was raped- Clarify why did it happened

Alex Kerimli
4 years ago

After study of Islam I came to the conclusion that Muslims will be saved based ONLY on the faith in Allah being one true god and Muhammad his messenger. No works required. If you want to know more, please contact me. I do not want to take a space in Reply section. The subject is big. Thank you

Randolph R. Harris
Randolph R. Harris
4 years ago

Grace is also expressed with the thief on the cross. Jesus recognized the thief as a repentant sinner and said, “today you will be with me in Paradise.” Equally as well, Jesus recognized the woman caught in adultery, and Jesus said, “where are your accusers, then neither do I condemn you, go and leave your life of sin.” This was hard for people in Jesus’ day to accept as it is for people today to accept as well. Jesus’s death on the cross gives us grace through His sacrifice on the cross; Jesus defeated sin when He arose from the… Read more »

Shelly
Shelly
3 years ago

Amen

salman
salman
2 years ago

Jesus said “as noah was 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the fish so will i be 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth”
But he was crucified on friday morning and at those days new day began at sunset…. Mary goes to the dome to see jesus in the grave on sunday morning and he was not their.. So that would be friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday night… So in total 1 day and 2 nights… That means he did not fulfill his prophesy

Royalty
Royalty
2 years ago
Reply to  salman

Incorrect. Day 1 = Friday/Day 2 = Saturday/Day 3 = Sunday
He did fulfill it.

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