Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Sin in the Bible and Qu'ran

Both the Bible and the Qu'ran preach against sin. Even so, the attitude is starkly different regarding transgressing commandments.

Sin grieves God. Psalms 78:40 (KJV) reads, "How oft did they provoke him in the  wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!"

And as I pointed out before, God doesn't enjoy punishing people. Lamentations 3:33 (KJV) states, "For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve  the children of men."

Jesus also wept over Jerusalem and the people who refused his salvation. He knew what would come in A.D. seventy when he said in Matthew 23:37 (KJV), "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!"

But what does the Qu'ran say about sin? Sura 40:40 says, "Whoever commits a sin will be repaid only with its like. But whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, and is a believer—these will enter Paradise, where they will be provided for without account."

Furthermore, Allah is claimed to be merciful and forgiving but rejecting the message Mohammad brought is a grievous and unforgivable sin. Sura 6:49 states, "But as for those who reject Our revelations, torment will afflict them because of their defiance."

Throughout the Qu'ran, Allah is pictured as a distant and uncaring deity. Not so with the God of the Bible. This is one reason I'm writing a book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People need to know that rejecting God is to reject the greatest love one could ever find.

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