Qu’ran Faith Or Bible Faith? by Gary Ellis

Many Christians may be surprised to discover that their daily “faith confidence” more resembles Islamic belief than it does Biblical Christianity.

Where do you feel you “weigh in?”

The practical difference has to do with the definition of “atonement” and how it applies to “righteousness.”

Atonement is one of those words that Christians are familiar with.  At least it’s a word that’s been heard in many sermons about  Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins.  Righteousness is also a familiar concept.

Actually having some understanding of what the two words truly mean brings great peace of mind and heart.

Quick Definitions<that are extremely important to the foundation of Christian faith>

In Israel, atonement is accomplished when the person who has caused the break in the relationship fulfills the restoration obligations demanded by the offended party.  This involved a sacrifice.  The kind of grievance determined the kind of sacrifice.

Atonement could be accomplished through the imposition of punishment (a thief can atone, for example, by repaying what he took plus twenty percent).  But when God was the offended party in deliberate sin, final atonement had to be accomplished by God since the penalty included the death of the offender.  God’s sacrifice is at the heart of the act of atonement.

In Islam, atonement is the act of a merciful god without the need for sacrifice.  The word used for atonement implies the concealing or covering up of transgression, not the removal of transgression through the payment of the debt.

In Islam, forgiveness is a matter of white-washing the sin, not of cleansing it.  The moral debt isn’t erased.  It is swept under the carpet.  Ethical and moral balance is never achieved.  Holiness is not maintained.  In the end, the sin remains, but Allah pretends it no longer matters as long as obedience to him is maintained.

Atonement is not an emotional issue.  It’s a legal issue.  A relationship has been broken.  The restoration of that relationship requires legal satisfaction in a courtroom.  Legally it doesn’t actually matter who initiates the payment of restoration.  It’s all about the legal transaction.

In other words…the offended party could initiate the potential relationship reparations.  If the thief agrees…case closed. Nothing more is required.  The Law of Atonement is fulfilled.

Here’s where it starts to get good:

In Bible Faith Righteousness is a gift.  (The offended party – God – made the payment, Himself)

<Quick side note that makes it even richer:  Bible faith also uses the word “expiate.”  Expiate is also translated “atonement.” That’s where there’s not only payment made from a vast resource but where the giver suffers the “pain of the penalty” in the process>

In Qu’ran Faith, righteousness is a loan. Since the sin actually still exists where it was swept under the “prayer rug”, it can be reactivated through disobedience to Allah.  That’s why there is no real peace between man and Allah.

So the question:  Where does your faith actually, factually, emotionally rest?  Do you live as if you own your righteousness since it became yours as a gift – or – do you live as if your righteousness is on load based upon your obedience?

Don’t answer too quickly.  What do you really believe?

I’d love to hear your comments.  Please weigh in.  Thanks! 🙂

Gary

 

Muslim Discovers Salvation Over Religion

Islam, Muslim, Allah.  The Islamic Brotherhood. Egypt.  Middle East.  Shariah Law.  Quran. Bible.  Jesus.  God. Where is the truth that fills the inner void?  I post this testimony and experience of a lady from Poland and how she discovered freedom.  It came, not from discussing or arguing religion, but as she says, “discovering salvation.”  Here is that first hand account from one who walked the path and found the answers.  It also give great insight into how to evangelize and pray:  Watch and then comment.  Thanks.  Gary

Ground Zero Mosque and Freedom of Religion

Let me first be clear about one important fact.  Jesus died for the world, Muslims included.  The focus of this post is not about promoting fear or hatred.  But, it is also clear to me that the Ground Zero Mosque is not about freedom of religion. It’s about domination of Islam. Here is why…

To think that building a Mosque at “Ground Zero” is demonstrating freedom of religion is a misunderstanding of Mideastern Culture.

The truth is…

For centuries, Muslims have built mosques on the sites of their greatest military victories.  The purpose was to celebrate their triumph over their enemies.

The ground zero mosque will be a clear signal and celebration of victory to the Arab World (I repeat, “I am not against the Arab race as a people and individuals…but, I do oppose radical Islam as a religion.)

The last words on the lips of the 9/11 hijackers were “Allah Akbar”(Allah is the Greatest)…and those words will ring out over the grave site of more than 2,700 innocent Americans day and night if this mosque is built.  To me, and 70% of the American public, this is not a signal of the Muslim world showing honor but, instead, dishonor.

I do not, normally, post a political subject matter here.  But, I don’t believe this is a political issue, nor a topic on freedom of religion.  It’s a spiritual issue and needs to be handled as such.  The scriptures say, “If my people who call on my name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and heal their land.” Do with this what you will.  But, first…check in with your own heart.  True life is about more than building a bigger, better, widget; Or, checking one’s own belly button lint to see if it feels good.

Gary