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Islamic worldview and how it differs from Christianity

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Issue: "Islam and teroris," Oct. 27, 2001

This leads to the most important contrast. The Old Testament-chapter 53 of Isaiah-describes the most important character in history in this way: "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering.... He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed." The New Testament, in Hebrews 4, makes clear the significance of this: "[W]e do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

Muslims respect the rejected and wounded Jesus Christ-sure they do, as one of perhaps 124,000 messengers or prophets Allah has sent, and one of the 25 listed in the Quran. Jesus is right there in the list with Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Lot, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, Ezekiel, David, Solomon, Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Zechariah, John, three others not cited in the Bible, and Muhammad. But Muslims do not believe Jesus died when crucified. They do not believe He was resurrected. They do not see Him as God.

Within Islam, that unbiblical depiction makes logical sense: Since there is no original sin there is no need for a redeemer. Man is basically good but mistake-prone; Muslims who sincerely repent and submit to God return to a state of sinlessness, with no help from Christ needed. Man, using his intelligence and guided by the Quran, can distinguish good from evil. Sincerity and good works bring salvation: As Sura 7:8-9 states, "for him whose measure (of good deeds) is heavy, those are they who shall be successful."

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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