Monday, 29 October 2018

The Bible Vs. The Qu'ran on the Sinfulness of Sin

The matter of sin in the Bible is a serious thing. God hates sin and can't abide it. In fact, Revelation 21:27 (KJV) shows how his holy city will be pure. "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life."

But the Qu'ran, as far as I can tell, seems to make sin into a matter of something one merely requests in the same way as an apology for a mistake. Sura 2:58 (THE HEIFER) reads, And recall that We said, “Enter this town, and eat plentifully from it whatever you wish; but enter the gate humbly, and say, 'Pardon.' We will forgive your sins, and give increase to the virtuous.”

But sin is something only God can forgive. When Jesus said a paralyzed man's sins were forgiven, Luke 5:21 (KJV) reports, "And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"

But sura 2:182 (THE HEIFER )  says, "Should someone suspect bias or injustice on the part of a testator, and then reconciles between them, he commits no sin. Allah is Forgiving and Merciful."

When it comes to vengeance, Paul wrote in Romans 13:3 and 4 (BBE) that "the government is placed by god to recompense murder.   "For rulers are not a cause of fear to the good work but to the evil. If you would have no fear of the authority, do good and you will have praise; For he is the servant of God to you for good. But if you do evil, have fear; for the sword is not in his hand for nothing: he is God's servant, making God's punishment come on the evil-doer.""

But the Qu'ran says in sura 2:178 (THE HEIFER ) "O you who believe! Retaliation for the murdered is ordained upon you: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the female for the female. But if he is forgiven by his kin, then grant any reasonable demand, and pay with good will. This is a concession from your Lord, and a mercy. But whoever commits aggression after that, a painful torment awaits him."

Sin is no "oops" but a serious affront to our heavenly Father. Anticipating people saying they could sin so more of God's forgiveness would come, Paul wrote in Romans 6:15 (KJV), "What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid."

I'll be writing more about the sinfulness of sin in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? I feel the same way our heavenly Father does when people treat sins as a mere booboo instead of what they are. Sin is the ultimate insult to our holy God, so much so that Christ had to die in the place of those who became his slaves through repentance.

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