5 – Why is it necessary for Jesus to die on the Cross?

It is the desire of each and every person to have Eternal Life in Heaven when they die one day. But every person who believes in God knows that there is nothing in them that would make them worthy or eligible, to enter into heaven as they are sinners. Yet at the same time, they have a fear of facing God. The reason Jesus died on the cross is to remove the very thing that has separated mankind from God and it is sin. Since God is Holy and He is a God of justice, He cannot overlook sin and it must be punished. So Jesus took the punishment that we deserve because of our sin and reconciled us with God so that we can enjoy the relationship and have eternal life.

Let’s see what the Bible and Quran has to say about sin.

(a) Sin is universal

The Bible says that “there is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away; together they have become useless; there is no one who does good, there is not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12)

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

Even Quran says that all the people on the earth are sinners:

وَلَوْ يُؤَاخِذُ اللّهُ النَّاسَ بِظُلْمِهِم مَّا تَرَكَ عَلَيْهَا مِن دَآبَّةٍ وَلَكِن يُؤَخِّرُهُمْ إلَى أَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى فَإِذَا جَاء أَجَلُهُمْ لاَ يَسْتَأْخِرُونَ سَاعَةً وَلاَ يَسْتَقْدِمُونَ

"And if Allah were to seize mankind for their wrong-doing,  He would not leave on it (the earth) a single moving (living) creature, but He postpones them for an appointed term and when their term comes, neither can they delay nor can they advance it an hour (or a moment)." (Surah 16:61 Hilali-Khan)

وَرَبُّكَ الْغَفُورُ ذُو الرَّحْمَةِ لَوْ يُؤَاخِذُهُم بِمَا كَسَبُوا لَعَجَّلَ لَهُمُ الْعَذَابَ بَل لَّهُم مَّوْعِدٌ لَّن يَجِدُوا مِن دُونِهِ مَوْئِلًا

"And your Lord is most forgiving, owner of Mercy.  Were He to call them to account for what they have earned, then surely, He would have hastened their punishment. But they have their appointed time, beyond which they will find no escape." (Surah 18:58 Hilali-Khan)

وَلَوْ يُؤَاخِذُ اللَّهُ النَّاسَ بِمَا كَسَبُوا مَا تَرَكَ عَلَى ظَهْرِهَا مِن دَابَّةٍ وَلَكِن يُؤَخِّرُهُمْ إِلَى أَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى فَإِذَا جَاء أَجَلُهُمْ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِعِبَادِهِ بَصِيرًا

"If Allah were to punish men according to what they deserved,  He would not leave on the back of the (earth) a single living creature: but He gives them respite for a stated term: when their term expires, verily Allah has in His sight all His servants." (Surah 35:45)

According to the above verses, all are sinners, which also correspond to the reality of each and every person’s life. The Bible also says that all have committed sins and are subject to the judgment of God. The question is then: “Why have we gone against God? And why are we always doing things that are not pleasing to God? What is there in us that leads us against God?”

The answers to all these questions direct us to the original problem which is, we are sinners by “NATURE”.   We sin because we have a sinful nature. Question is: Where did we get this nature from?

The Bible says: “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way, death spread to all men, because all have sinned. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin in the likeness of Adam’s transgression. He is the prototype of the coming One.” (Romans 5:12, 14)

So the damaging consequences of Adam’s sin, including an inherited tendency to sin, were passed on to all of Adam’s descendants and all mankind became sinners. Since all are sinners, all are subject to the judgment of God.

But the Bible also says: “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son (Jesus Christ), so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

 

  (b) Original Sin in Islam

In the Bible, in Genesis chapter 3, Adam and Eve committed sin and it was through them that sin entered the human race. All the generations became sinful because of Adam.   We have all inherited this sinful nature. But Muslims object to this and believe that no one bears the sins of others; and that every person should bear their own sins. They say that, “Since we do not bear the sins of others, we also do not take part in the sin committed by Adam, so we are not born with a sinful nature.”

Quran on Original sin:

With this background in mind, we now turn our attention to the Islamic data to see whether the Quran and the Hadith literature deny original sin and whether these sources say that humans are born pure. We begin by looking at the following Quranic text:

 

فَأَزَلَّهُمَا الشَّيْطَانُ عَنْهَا فَأَخْرَجَهُمَا مِمَّا كَانَا فِيهِ وَقُلْنَا اهْبِطُواْ بَعْضُكُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ وَلَكُمْ فِي الأَرْضِ مُسْتَقَرٌّ وَمَتَاعٌ إِلَى حِينٍ

قُلْنَا اهْبِطُواْ مِنْهَا جَمِيعاً فَإِمَّا يَأْتِيَنَّكُم مِّنِّي هُدًى فَمَن تَبِعَ هُدَايَ فَلاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

“But the Satan made them both fall from it, and caused them to depart from that (state) in which they were; and we said: Get forth,   some of YOU being the enemies of others, and there is for you in the earth an abode and a provision for a time. Then Adam received from his Lord words (of revelation), and He relented toward him. Lo! He is the relenting, the merciful. We said:   Go down, ALL OF YOU, from hence; but verily there cometh unto you from Me a guidance; and whosoever followeth My guidance, there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.” (Surah 2:36-38)

The above text expressly shows that Adam’s sin had a negative impact on all future generations of mankind since in Arabic the YOU in both 2:36 and 38 is plural (referring to more than two), as opposed to dual. We know that the plural in the case of Surah 2:38 cannot be referring to Satan since he stands condemned to hell and will not follow the guidance which will come from Allah. It is therefore apparent that the plural is addressed to all of mankind. Humanity suffered expulsion due to Adam.

قَالَ اهْبِطُواْ بَعْضُكُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ وَلَكُمْ فِي الأَرْضِ مُسْتَقَرٌّ وَمَتَاعٌ إِلَى حِينٍ

God said, ‘ Go forth,  some of you  will be enemies of  others. And for you there is an abode on the earth and a provision for a time.’ (Surah 7:24)

Here is how renowned Sunni exegete Ibn Kathir explained (Surah 2:38-39)

Allah informs of His warning to Adam, his wife and Satan, THEIR OFFSPRING, when he ordered THEM to descend from Paradise. He says he will send messengers with Scriptures, signs and proofs… (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Part 1, Surah Al-Fatiah Surah Al-Baqarah, ayat 1 to 141, Abridged by Sheikh Nasib Ar-Rafa‘i [Al-Firdous Ltd., London: Second Edition 1998], pp. 109-110; capital emphasis ours)

The late Abdullah Yusuf Ali said something similar in reference to (Surah 2:36)

… Note the transition in Arabic from the singular number in ii. 33, to the dual in ii. 35, and the plural here [2:36], which I have indicated in English by "All ye people."   Evidently Adam is the type of all mankind, and the sexes go together in all spiritual matters. Moreover, the expulsion applied to Adam, Eve, and Satan, and the Arabic plural is appropriate for any number greater than two. (Bold and underline emphasis ours)

Hadith on Original sin:

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Adam and Moses argued with each other. Moses said to Adam. 'O Adam!  You are our father WHO DISAPPOINTED US AND TURNED US OUT OF PARADISE.' Then Adam said to him, 'O Moses! Allah favoured you with His talk (talked to you directly) and He wrote (the Torah) for you with His Own Hand.  Do you blame me for action WHICH ALLAH HAD WRITTEN IN MY FATE forty years before my creation?' So Adam confuted Moses, Adam confuted Moses," the Prophet added, repeating the Statement three times. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 77,  Number 611)

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira and Hudhaifa that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, would gather people. The believers would stand till the Paradise would be brought near them. They would come to Adam and say: O our father, open for us the Paradise. He would say:   What turned you out from the Paradise WAS THE SIN OF YOUR FATHER ADAM. I am not in a position to do that; ... (Sahih Muslim, Book 001,  Number 0380)

The Hadiths mentioned above totally agree that Adam expelled mankind from paradise because of his sin.

The tradition further holds Eve responsible for causing God's curse to fall on all future generations of women:

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Were it not for Bani Israel, meat would not decay;  and were it not FOR EVE, no woman would ever betray her husband." (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55,Number 611)

Hammam b. Munabbih said: These are some of the ahadith which Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) narrated to us from Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him), and one of these (this one): Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Had it not been for Bani Isra'il, food would not have become stale, and meal would not have gone bad;  and had it not been FOR Eve, a woman would never have acted unfaithfully toward her husband.  (Sahih Muslim, Book 008,  Number 3472)

Another renowned exegete and commentator named al-Tabari narrated the following story regarding the fall of Adam and Eve:

According to Yunus - Ibn Wahb - Ibn Zayd (commenting on God's word: "And he whispered"): Satan whispered to Eve about the tree and succeeded in taking her to it; then he made it seem good to Adam. He continued. When Adam felt a need for her and called her, she said: No! Unless you go there. When he went, she said again: No! Unless you eat from this tree. He continued. They both ate from it, and their secret parts became apparent to them. He continued. Adam then went about in Paradise in flight. His Lord called out to him: Adam is it from Me that you are fleeing? Adam replied: No, my Lord, but I feel shame before You. When God asked what had caused his trouble, he replied: Eve, my Lord. Whereupon God said: Now it is My obligation  to make her bleed once every month, as she made this tree bleed.  I ALSO MAKE HER STUPID, although I had created her intelligent (halimah), and must make her suffer pregnancy and birth with difficulty, although I made it easy for her to be pregnant and give birth. Ibn Zayd said:  Were it not for the affliction that affected Eve, the women of this world would not menstruate, AND THEY WOULD BE INTELLIGENT and, when pregnant, give birth easily. (The History of Al-Tabari: General Introduction and From the Creation to the Flood, translated by Franz Rosenthal [State University of New York Press (SUNY), Albany 1989], Volume 1, pp. 280-281; bold and capital emphasis ours)

According to the above references from the Quran and Hadith, it is quite clear that the penalty for the sin of Adam had came upon all humankind.

(c) Man is incapable of becoming pure by himself and by good works no one can enter heaven

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ وَمَن يَتَّبِعْ خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَإِنَّهُ يَأْمُرُ بِالْفَحْشَاء وَالْمُنكَرِ وَلَوْلَا فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ مَا زَكَا مِنكُم مِّنْ أَحَدٍ أَبَدًا وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ يُزَكِّي مَن يَشَاء وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ

"O ye who believe! Follow not Satan's footsteps: if any will follow the footsteps of Satan, he will (but) command what is shameful and wrong: and were it not for the grace and mercy of Allah on you,  not one of you would ever have been pure: but Allah doth purify whom He pleases: and Allah is One Who hears and knows (all things)." (Surah 24:21)

Now if Muslims are correct that man is born pure, then why would anyone need the grace of Allah to be purified? Aren’t they pure to begin with? If Muslims contend that man becomes impure later on by disobeying Allah, then the obvious question is: “What is it about a man’s nature that causes him to do that which is evil, thereby necessitating his need to be purified by Allah?”

From Hadith:

Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah's Apostle saying, " The good deeds of any person will not make him enter Paradise." (i.e., None can enter Paradise through his good deeds.) They (the Prophet's companions) said, "Not even you, O Allah's Apostle?" He said, " Not even myself, unless Allah bestows His favour and mercy on me." So be moderate in your religious deeds and do the deeds that are within your ability: and none of you should wish for death, for if he is a good doer, he may increase his good deeds, and if he is an evil doer, he may repent to Allah." (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 70, Number 577)

Narrated Aisha: The Prophet said, "Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately, and receive good news because one's good deeds will NOT make him enter Paradise." They asked, "Even you, O Allah's Apostle?" He said, " Even I, unless and until Allah bestows His pardon and mercy on me." (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 76, Number 474)

The Quran, Sahi Hadith and the Bible say that man inherited sin through the sinful nature of Adam and the result of sin is death and eternal hell. We are sinners by nature and by deed, so we cannot escape the judgment of God. At the same time, according to the above verses, we cannot make ourselves pure by anything, not even through good works.

In this condition, the only way we could have hope would be if God would make a way for us. Since we are helpless, He Himself would have to provide a way to escape the judgment of sin. No human being can save another since he himself is in sin.

This is the reason that God sent Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin, into the world.   He did not share the blood of mankind, but was born pure and holy so that he could take on Himself the sins of the whole world and rescue us from eternal judgment.

Many Muslims believe that all the prophets are holy, but that is not true.   Here is the list of the prophets who have committed sins and the reference from the Quran:

Adam and Eve (Surah 2:36; 7:22-23)

Nuh (Surah 11:45-47)

Ibrahim Surah 26:82

Musa (Surah 28:15-26)

Daud (Surah 38:24-25)

Suleman (Surah 38:34)

Zakariya: (Surah 3:40-41)

Yuunus: (Surah 37:142; 21:87)

Muhammad (Surah 4:102-107; 9:43; 40:55; 48:1-2; 80:1-10)

 

The Quran explains that when God judged Satan and gave him time for the final judgment, during that time, Satan would mislead and lead the people into sin:

قَالَ فَبِعِزَّتِكَ لَأُغْوِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ

(Iblis) said: "Then, by Thy power, I will put them all in the wrong;” (Surah 38:82)

The Muslim scripture further claims that Mary’s mother prayed that Allah would protect both her daughter and grandson from the stain of Satan:

إِذْ قَالَتِ امْرَأَةُ عِمْرَانَ رَبِّ إِنِّي نَذَرْتُ لَكَ مَا فِي بَطْنِي مُحَرَّرًا فَتَقَبَّلْ مِنِّي إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

فَلَمَّا وَضَعَتْهَا قَالَتْ رَبِّ إِنِّي وَضَعْتُهَا أُنثَى وَاللّهُ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا وَضَعَتْ وَلَيْسَ الذَّكَرُ كَالأُنثَى وَإِنِّي سَمَّيْتُهَا مَرْيَمَ وِإِنِّي أُعِيذُهَا بِكَ وَذُرِّيَّتَهَا مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ

When the wife of Imran said, ‘Lord, I have vowed to Thee, in dedication, what is within my womb. Receive Thou this from me; Thou hearest, and knowest.’ And when she gave birth to her she said, ‘Lord, I have given birth to her, a female.’ (And God knew very well what she had given birth to; the male is not as the female.) ‘ And I have named her Mary, and commend her to Thee with her seed, to protect them from the accursed Satan.’ (Surah 3:35-36 Arberry)

In the Hadith it says that of all the persons that are born into this world, there has been no one whom Satan has not touched except Jesus and his mother Mary:             

Narrated Said bin Al-Musaiyab: Abu Huraira said, "I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “There is none born among the off-spring of Adam, but Satan touches it. A child therefore, cries loudly at the time of birth because of the touch of Satan, EXCEPT MARY AND HER CHILD.” Then Abu Huraira recited: “And I seek refuge with you for her and for her offspring from the outcast Satan” (3.36). (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55,   Number 641; see also Volume 4, Book 54, Number 506)

Jesus and his mother are the only persons whom the Devil could neither touch nor get near:

  In the whole of the Quran and Hadith, Jesus is the only person who is holy and pure.

قَالَ إِنَّمَا أَنَا رَسُولُ رَبِّكِ لِأَهَبَ لَكِ غُلَامًا زَكِيًّا

He said: "Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son ( Surah19:19)

Even the Bible affirms: "And Mary said to the angel, 'How shall this be, since I have no husband?' And the angel said to her, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; Therefore the child to be born  will be called holy, the Son of God.'" (Luke 1:34-35)

As I have earlier explained, Jesus came down as the final sacrifice for sin. But in order for Christ to pay the price of sin fully and satisfy the infinite holiness of God, Jesus had to take on a human nature. This nature also had to be free from the stain of original sin, since all who are descended from the first man inherit a corrupt human nature. (cf. Roman 5:12-14; Genesis 8:21; Psalm 51:5, 58:3)

Therefore, the Saviour had to be born of a virgin to be without sin. Had Jesus not been born supernaturally by God's Holy Spirit, He would have then needed a saviour to free him from sin.

If two people were in a pit, they would need a person outside the pit to drag them out. Similarly, we need a person who is holy, pure, and who is not a partaker of Adam’s nature.

(d) Can a person die on behalf of others, Or Is a ransom sacrifice acceptable?

First, I will explain this from the Islamic point of view, and then I will share the Biblical point of view. Let me begin with the following Quranic passage:

Then We gave him the good tidings of a prudent boy; and when he had reached the age of running with him, he said, ‘My son, I see in a dream that I shall sacrifice thee; consider, what thinkest thou?’ He said, ‘My father, do as thou art bidden; thou shalt find me, God willing, one of the steadfast.’ When they had surrendered, and he flung him upon his brow, We called unto him, ‘Abraham, thou hast confirmed the vision; even so We recompense the good-doers. This is indeed the manifest trial.’  And We RANSOMED him with a MIGHTY SACRIFICE, and left for him among the later folk. ‘Peace be upon Abraham!’ (Surah 37:101-109 A.J. Arberry translation)

According to the above, Allah ransomed Abraham’s son from being sacrificed by personally providing a mighty sacrifice. The only problem here is that the Quran doesn’t identify what this mighty sacrifice was. Was it some kind of animal? Was it the ram mentioned in the Bible, in the book of Genesis 22:13? The problem with appealing to the Bible is that the Genesis account is actually a foreshadowing of the death of Jesus Christ in place of sinners. And that very Lamb of God is Jesus Christ, which was foreseen by Abraham.

Let’s see the evidence from the Hadiths:

Abu Musa' reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: “When it will be the Day of Resurrection Allah would deliver to every Muslim   a Jew or a Christian and say: That is your RESCUE  from hell-Fire.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 037,  Number 6665)

Abu Burda reported on the authority of his father that Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said:  “ No Muslim would die but Allah would admit  IN HIS STEAD  a Jew or a Christian in hell-Fire. 'Umar b. Abd al-'Aziz took an oath: By One besides whom there is no god but He,   thrice that his father had narrated that to him from Allah's Messenger  (may peace be upon him). (Sahih Muslim, Book 037,  Number 6666)

Abu Burda reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying:   There would come people amongst the Muslims on the Day of Resurrection with  AS HEAVY SINS AS A MOUNTAIN, and Allah would  FORGIVE THEM  and He would  PLACE IN THEIR STEAD  the Jews and the Christians.” (As far as I think), Abu Raub said: I do not know as to who is in doubt. Abu Burda said: I narrated it to 'Umar b. 'Abd al-'Aziz, whereupon he said: Was it your father who narrated it to you from Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him)?   I said: Yes. (Sahih Muslim, Book 037,  Number 6668)

Please note that these traditions clearly say that Allah will forgive the sins of Muslims and spare them from hell   by punishing Jews and Christians in their place!

This is a form of substitutionary atonement and vicarious atonement, with the difference being that instead of punishing one person, Allah punishes countless numbers of Jews and Christians in the place of Muslims!!!

Now let’s turn our attention to the Bible and see why blood sacrifice makes sense:

Leviticus 17:11 tells us: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."

Hebrews 9:22 says: "Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

“God presented Him (Jesus Christ) as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate His justice ….” (Romans 3:25)

According to the above verses, we see that the life of the flesh is in the blood, and God gave it upon the altar to make atonement for our souls. It is the blood alone that makes atonement for souls, because the life of the flesh is in the blood. Everything is purified with the blood, and without the blood there is no forgiveness of sins.   Therefore, God sent Jesus Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, and by having faith in Jesus Christ and what he has done on the cross for us, we can have forgiveness of sins and eternal life with God in heaven.

In Romans 3:25 it says God did this to demonstrate His justice. What does this mean? When we see the character and nature of God, He is balanced in all of His attributes. He is a God of mercy; kind, loving, compassionate, and also a God of justice. If we could weigh all of His attributes, they would be equally balanced.

Although God loves us very much, He cannot overlook the sinfulness of mankind. Though He is all-loving and merciful, He cannot overlook sin. So by sending Jesus Christ to this earth, God laid upon Him all the judgment and punishment that we actually deserved. Jesus took our judgment and punishment upon Himself so that we could experience all of His kindness, mercy and love. Our sins are laid upon Jesus Christ so that we can have free access to God and enjoy eternal life.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ وَمَن يَتَّبِعْ خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَإِنَّهُ يَأْمُرُ بِالْفَحْشَاء وَالْمُنكَرِ وَلَوْلَا فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ مَا زَكَا مِنكُم مِّنْ أَحَدٍ أَبَدًا وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ يُزَكِّي مَن يَشَاء وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ

That is why the Quran says, “ Were it not for the grace and mercy of Allah on you,  not one of you would have ever been pure: but Allah doth purify whom He pleases: and Allah is One Who hears and knows (all things)." (Surah 24:21)

This is the reason God provided a RANSOMED SACRIFICE; to redeem Abraham’s son:

 And We RANSOMED him with a MIGHTY SACRIFICE, and left for him among the later folk. ‘Peace be upon Abraham!’ (Surah 37:101-109)

Sin requires payment. It must be put away, eliminated, and destroyed, for it is an offense against a holy God. The payment is for the purpose of satisfying God's judgment against sin. Repentance does not satisfy God's wrath alone -- sin must still be paid for.

Dear reader, I would like to ask you a question: “When you die, are you sure that you will be allowed to enter into heaven?” No matter how many good deeds we do, we still know that our sins are greater than our good deeds. We have clearly seen, according to the Bible and the Quran that good deeds cannot save a person. We need a Saviour, and that Saviour is Jesus Himself, who came to this earth to save us from our sins.  

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son (Jesus) into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

If you want your sins to be forgiven and have eternal life with God in Heaven for eternity, then I humbly request you to invite Jesus into your heart and accept what He has done for you on the cross.

 

You can pray this simple prayer:

Prayer : God, I admit that I am a sinner and I have sinned against You many times in my life. I have realized that I cannot save myself from hell and neither my good deeds can save me. I thank You for sending Jesus into the world to die for me on the cross in my place to take the judgment for sin that I deserved. Lord, I accept Your offer of forgiveness and everlasting life through Jesus. Jesus, I now transfer my trust from myself and the things that I have been trusting to save myself from hell and I place my trust entirely in You. Please forgive me for all my sins. I now turn away from my sins and I follow You. Amen

 

Note:

Some Muslims may question: “If you have quoted so many scriptures from the Quran then why don’t you accept other scriptures in the Quran also?”

 

Here is the answer: If I am quoting the scriptures from the Quran, it is only to show that the beliefs of the Muslims are not consistent with their own scriptures.

I humbly request you to read the Bible and make your own judgment.

 

Jesus Christ said, “You will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

 

The choice is yours.