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Do we need a Savior? Answering questions for those who seek the truth…

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Do we need a Savior?

do we need a saviorMuslims often boast, “We need no mediator to stand before Allah. We go directly in prayer to Him, but you Christians have placed a human in between.”

The problem that Muslims have with Jesus being our Mediator and Savior starts with their denial of “Original Sin” and with difference between Allah’s character and the Biblical character of God. Let us point out that “Allah” and our “God” (of the Bible) are NOT the same person. The Muslim’s logic is simple: We humans were created weak and able to sin, but if we repent and ask for forgiveness, Allah will forgive us and cleanse our sins. Allah’s mercy is bigger than His wrath. As we see, the problem is not with Jesus, but with God’s character.

According to Islam, Allah might forgive or not forgive our sins. He is accountable to no one, he could change his mind, and he is above any law. Muslims have no assurance of their salvation. “Inshallah,” they say, meaning, “If God wills it.” In Islam, there is a concept of “scales”, or “balance”, which represents judgment.

What this means is that according to Islam, at the last day, every human being will be resurrected and all his deeds will be weighed on the scales. If the bad deeds are “heavier”, the person goes to hell. If good deeds are “heavier”, the person goes to paradise.  But this is only theoretical. In reality, Allah might do the opposite because he decides to do so. I call Allah a “moody god”.

Allah’s character is diametrically opposite to God’s character. We could say to Muslims:

According to the Bible, God is absolutely holy and full of grace, both at the same time. God abides by His rules and covenants that He established between Him and humans.

Therefore, He cannot simply forgive sins or change His mind. His justice must be satisfied and His mercy must be revealed at the same time. That why Jesus became “propitiation”; it was to appease God’s wrath for our sins against Him. God’s justice and wrath against sin was satisfied when Jesus died to take the penalty for our sins upon Himself on the cross at Calvary, and because of that act of love, His unlimited grace could be poured upon the entire human race.

I would not dare to stand alone before an angry God without a Mediator, as Muslims were deceived into believing.

Hebrews 10:31 [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

As we respond to Muslims, we should reveal to them the reality of our sinful condition, and remind them of the story of Adam as it is written in the Bible, where God punished only one act of sin severely. Every sin committed in our life will have to be accounted for when we stand before God one day. Every sin leads to death. How can this be true? Then how can a just and righteous God simply forget them?

Even in earthly courts, judges will judge a person according to the law he trespassed, not according to what good deeds he did during his lifetime. If someone committed murder, he will not be set free just because, for example, he loves his children and sometimes gives his loose change to some beggar, or always obeyed traffic laws on highways. No, this is absurd! He will be sentenced only on the basis of the crime he committed, and in this case –a murder was committed. This is exactly how God will judge us. If He cursed the entire planet and let people and animals die after one small sin that was committed by Adam and Eve, how much more He will judge our sins, accumulated over a long period during our lifetime? The criminal must pay for his crimes, based on the fact that no one is absolutely righteous before God:

Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Therefore God has made a provision for the human race. He set up for us the institution of offering blood sacrifices of innocent, unblemished animals to take the penalty for our sins once a year;  which pointed toward God’s ultimate sacrifice of His only begotten Son, Jesus, who was to die once for all sin and for all persons, on the cross at Calvary.

Here we can show verses in the Bible about blood sacrifices: The word “sacrifice” occurs 218 times in the Bible. Let’s read a few of them:

Gen 3:21   Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Gen 4:4   And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

Gen 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Gen 12:8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, [having] Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.

Gen 13:18 Then Abram removed [his] tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which [is] in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

Gen 31:54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.

Lev 3:5 And Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which [is] upon the wood that [is] on the fire: [it is] an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

Lev 4:26 And he shall burn all his fat upon the altar, as the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall make an atonement for him as concerning his sin, and it shall be forgiven him.

Muslims usually quote this verse:

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

They use everything they could find to disprove our Bible, and as usual, they use verses out of context. The simple objective in this verse is that God desires offering done with pure motives and a pure heart. It does NOT say that God does not want any sacrifices. We should always remind Muslims that the Bible must be read in context.

When a Muslim is asked “What does it take to make a skin covering?” they typically answer, “You must first kill an animal in order to get its skin.”

Gen 3:21   Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

This verse in the Bible refers to the first blood sacrifice on behalf of any people who sinned against God. A pattern was set right in the Garden of Eden; it continued with Abel, Noah, Abraham etc, until Jesus completed it on the cross at Calvary.To deny that the Bible clearly teaches about the necessity of a blood sacrifice is to really ignore the context of the entire book.

The next point I like to bring forward is the famous Messianic verse from Isaiah 53:

Isa 53:5   But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isa 53:6   All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isa 53:8   He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Isa 53:10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

Isa 53:12   Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

These verses are speaking directly about the suffering and death of the Messiah, who will pay for the sins of people. As we see, we are all sinners. In order to be forgiven by God, we need to pay in full the penalty for our sins, that it will lead us to the Lake of Fire. But if we trust in Jesus and His perfect Sacrifice, who became a propitiation for us before God, and who is the perfect Mediator, who paid for our sins and gave us His righteousness, only then can we enter in God’s glory, being reconciled with our Heavenly Father.

1Ti 2:5 For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus

Do we need a Savior? According to the Scriptures – yes.

Author: Dmitry