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20. For Readers of the Qur'an

Who Can Save You From the Wrath of God and His Judgment?

Your Creator feels compassion for you and has mercy upon you. He has sent Christ as His representative and revealed that he is “the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) He is the divine substitute able to carry your deceit and your sins away. He is ready to pay the necessary price to reconcile you with God. This is the everlasting plan of the Almighty. He desires that everyone will be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Christ in his great love has taken the sin of the world upon himself – every evil act and stubborn sin you have committed. The Son of Mary was ready to die in your place and reconcile you and all the people in the world with God.

Maybe you answer that the Koran several times states that:

“No one can carry the sins of another.” (Suras al-Anam 6:164; al-Isra’ 17:15; Fatir 35:18; al-Zumar 39:7; al-Najm 53:38)

وَلاَ تَزِرُ وَازِرةٌ وِزْرَ أُخْرَى (سُورَةُ الأَنْعَامِ ٦ : ١٦٤)

We agree that the Koran rightly states that anyone who is burdened by sin cannot bear the sins of another. If he is weighed down with sin himself, he cannot be a substitute for other sinners. Therefore no normal man will be able to be a substitute for other people. Even the best of all men will not be sufficient for the holiness of God, because “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

However, the Son of Mary was born without an earthly father. We read in the Koran:

“And We [i.e. Allah] blew from Our spirit into her [the virgin Mary]” (Suras al-Anbiya’ 21:91; al-Tahrim 66:12)

فَنَفَخْنَا فِيهَا مِنْ رُوحِنَا (سُورَةُ الأَنْبِيَاءِ ٢١ : ٩١)

Therefore Christ was born sinless. He was a real man and a real Spirit of Allah – born pure and holy. Satan was not able to infect him with sin. Christ lived his whole life without evil acts and thoughts. He was the word of Allah incarnate. (Sura al-Nisa’ 4:171)

He lived what he spoke; there was no difference between his words and his deeds. He was blameless and therefore worthy to serve God as His lamb for the atonement of the world. He carried the sins of others, taking the wrath of God and dying in their place. As we read from the Bible in the book of Hebrews: “By one offering He [Christ] has completed forever those who are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:14)

When Christ was traveling with his disciples they withdrew into the desert where his students became hungry. They asked him to bring down a table from heaven so that they would be satisfied. This would be a great feast for them. We read in the Koran that Christ responded and prayed,

Allahumma, our Lord! Send down on us a table from heaven that will be a feast for us, the first one and the last, a sign from You.” (Sura Al-Maida 5:114)

اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّنَا أَنْزِلْ عَلَيْنَا مَاِئدَةً مِنَ السَّمَاءِ تَكُونُ لَنَا عِيداً لأَوَّلِنَا وَآخِرِنَا وَآيَةً مِنْكَ (سُورَةُ الْمَائِدَةِ ٥ : ١١٤)

And very astonishingly, Allah answered the prayer of Christ immediately.

Allah’s response was: “Truly, I am already sending it down unto you.” And He continued saying: “If anyone of you does not believe after [I have done this miracle], I will punish him with a punishment such as I have never punished anyone in this world.” (Sura al-Maida 5:115)

قَالَ اللَّهُ إِنِّي مُنَزِّلُهَا عَلَيْكُمْ فَمَنْ يَكْفُرْ بَعْدُ مِنْكُمْ فَإِنِّي أُعَذِّبُهُ عَذَاباً لاَ أُعَذِّبُهُ أَحَداً مِنَ الْعَالَمِينَ (سُورَةُ الْمَائِدَةِ ٥ : ١١٥)

Notice this outstanding confession in the Koran that Allah, the Great One, answered the prayer of Christ immediately and fulfilled his request on behalf of his students. The Son of Mary was worthy to mediate, because he remained sinless and holy, full of love and truth. The Koran states, therefore, that everyone who believes in the reality that Christ is the mediator between Allah and man will be blessed with an everlasting blessing. But if anyone will not believe in this privilege of Christ, Allah will punish him like he has never punished anyone before.

The Gospel (al-Injil) tells us that Christ has set up a new covenant with his disciples and bound himself to them forever. He signed this everlasting covenant with his own precious blood. In this you can recognize the will of Allah – that everyone who trusts in His representative, the only one born of His Spirit, will receive forgiveness of all his or her sins, because he offered himself as the atoning sacrifice. If you believe in him, you will be united with him in his new covenant and enter into the realm of God, where divine peace reigns.

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