Dear Muslim Friend,
We have discussed
together some very important issues which touch upon the
origins of the rituals and beliefs found in the religion
of Islam. The burning question that confronted us was
whether Islam was created out pre-existing pagan rituals
and beliefs or was it revealed from heaven.
After studying the
standard reference works on Islam, we must conclude that
the rituals and beliefs of Islam are clearly earthly in
origin, i.e. they were not brought down by Gabriel to
Muhammad. The question of origins is the key to whether
Islam is true or false. Your willingness to research this
issue is an indication that you really do care about the
Truth. Thank you for caring.
While the issue of
the origins of Islam is an intellectual question that can
be answered only by research into the historical
evidence, there is another issue that confronts us all.
Regardless of your religion, there is the inescapable
fact that we have all failed to live up to our religious
convictions. Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, etc, it doesn't
really matter. We have all violated whatever moral
standards we have adopted.
This means we have to
find a way to be forgiven or cleansed of our sins. Why?
If you believe in an afterlife and that there is a hell
to escape and a paradise to gain, how can you gain
entrance into heaven?
Two Problems We All Face
Our problem is
twofold. First, our hearts are prone to evil.
Thus we find it very easy to feel lust, jealousy,
hatred, anger, and greed. Even when we try to be
good, our own heart will betray us.
Question: Do you admit that your heart is prone
Second, God is
keeping a record of all our evil thoughts, words
and deeds. He will hold us accountable for these
evils on the Day of Judgment. On that Day we will
have to face the reality of our own failures and
Question: Do you recognize that you will be held
accountable for all your sins on the Day of
How can you
change your heart and clear your record in
heaven? In order to come before a holy God with
acceptance, you have to do these two things.
Well, how are you going to do them?
Will Good Works Do The Job?
think that if they do good deeds that this will
change their hearts and clear their record. But
can good works really change anyone's heart? We
tried it and found that no matter how much good
we did, evil was still present in our hearts.
Question: Haven't you found this true of your own
No matter how
many good deeds you perform, your heart still has
evil thoughts and motives. No, doing good deeds
will never stop your heart from thinking or
feeling evil things.
The same problem
confronts us if we think that we can erase the
divine record of our sins by doing good deeds.
How many good deeds are necessary to balance out
our bad deeds? It all depends on whether you are
thinking of the evil that God sees or the evil we
see in ourselves.
When we look at
our own lives, we all tend to cut ourselves some
slack. We like to think that we are not as bad as
some and better than most. We don't come off so
bad as long as we compare ourselves to other
But what if we
compare ourselves to a holy and righteous Deity?
If we think in terms of all the sins that an
all-knowing Deity sees and hears us do, we do not
come off so well. Our sins are like the sand on
the seashore- too many to count!
Question: Can doing a few good deeds really clear
away the mountain of sin that is against us?
Question: Haven't you found it true that even
when you do a good deed, you had evil motives
such as pride?
Question: Can evil motives cancel out a good
When we give
money to be seen of men, this cancels out the
good deed. Thus good deeds will never change your
heart or clear your record.
A Mediator Needed
Since we have
sinned, we are not allowed to come into the
presence of a holy God. But if we cannot go to
God for forgiveness, how will we obtain
forgiveness? If good deeds will not work, how
will we ever enter paradise?
What if someone
went before God on our behalf? What if there was
a mediator who could intercede on our behalf?
Question: Wouldn't a mediator solve our problem
Now, such a
mediator must be sinless and without blame.
Otherwise, he could not go before a holy God
either. The mediator must be as righteous and as
holy as God Himself or he cannot stand before
Even if this
mediator could enter God's presence, how could he
clear the record of all our sins? He would have
to pay off our debt to justice somehow. One
obvious way is for him to take upon himself the
punishment due to us. In other words, in order
for us to escape the fires of hell, he would have
to smother the flames of hell in his own bosom.
would have to be the bridge between heaven and
earth and between God and man. A mediator who is
not quite God or not quite man is a bridge broken
at either end. We need someone to represent God
to us and us to God. This mediator has to be both
God and man at the same time or salvation is not
Have you ever
heard the word "Gospel"? What is it all
about? It is a word which means "good
news." What is the good news? The good news
is that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between
God and man. He did what we could not do. He
entered into the presence of God on our behalf to
obtain forgiveness for us.
How could he do
this? On what basis? He bore our sins and
iniquities in his own body on the cross. He died
for our sins according to the Gospel. This is why
salvation is a gift of God's grace.
Jesus paid the
price for our salvation. Thus God now offers us
eternal life free of charge. We become a
Christian by simply asking Jesus to be our
Mediator- our Savior- our Redeemer. You don't
become a Christian by joining a church, getting
baptized or doing some other good deed. No,
salvation is by grace alone through faith alone
in Christ alone. He brings us into the very
presence of God.
Question: Haven't you ever wondered why the God
of Islam seems so distant - so far off? Yes___
mediator, God is far off and distant. A distant
God is only feared, not loved. He is
unapproachable and seems far away.
Question: Don't you see the need for a mediator
to pay off your sins and clear your record?
Question: Does Islam offer you a mediator to take
away your sins? Yes___ No__
Question: If Islam has no mediator and no
atonement, does it have any gospel, i.e. good
news? Yes___ No___
The End Of The
Islam leaves you high and dry with no way to deal
with the corruptions of your heart here on earth
or the record of your sins in heaven. It does not
build a bridge between you and God. It does not
have a mediator who is both God and man. With no
Savior and no atonement, it can never give you
any sure hope of heaven.
But all these
things are found in the Gospel. Stop right now
and ask Jesus to be your Mediator. Ask Him to
come into your heart as your Lord and Savior.
Receive forgiveness through His atoning work.
Pray this simple prayer.
Lord Jesus, I ask you to reveal Yourself to
me. Save me and cleanse me of my sins. Pay off my
debt to God. Come into my heart and save me from
hell and make a home in heaven for me. I
acknowledge that you are the Son of God and that
you died on the cross for me.
If you prayed
this prayer, you have become a child of God by
faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus has now cleared your
record in heaven and the Holy Spirit will now
come into your heart to deal with the corruptions
found in it. God is no longer distant and far
off. He is your Father and you are his child.
Welcome to the family of God! Contact us so we
can share your joy.