What the Bible Says about “Good Friday” and Resurrection Sunday
On this remembrance of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, I wonder how many “Christians” apprehend even a portion of what occurred through this the greatest act of hate toward an innocent man that was turned into the greatest act of Love. It is something the vast majority of people cannot comprehend. Nevertheless, it remains the simplest of Truths. Jesus, the only begotten of the Father, left his throne in heaven to walk among men and demonstrate God’s Grace and Truth.(John 1:14) He was guilty of no crime, convicted of no offense, yet the church leaders feared losing their positions and wealth, so they had him crucified. It could not have happened unless God willed it. And so He did, for without the spotless sacrifice of Jesus for the sinfulness of all mankind, none of us could hope for an eternity with Him.(Heb 9:22) A way was made through the veil of his flesh, the Bible says. (Heb 10:20) “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8) This is the GREAT GOOD NEWS of this Holy season!
The Quran’s teachings regarding salvation are inconsistent. On the one hand, the Quran teaches that salvation is based on purification by good deeds (Quran 7:6–9). A Muslim can become righteous through prayer, almsgiving, fasting, and living according to the Quran. Yet the Quran also teaches that Allah has predetermined every person’s destiny, and one’s righteous acts may or may not affect Allah’s decision (Quran 57:22). It teaches that everyone, both the righteous and the unrighteous, will be led into hell by Allah, before the righteous will enter heaven (Quran 19:67–72). Therefore no Muslim can know his or her eternal destiny in this life. Even Muhammad himself was unsure of his salvation (Quran 31:34; 46:9).
Today, whenever Muslims mention the name of Muhammad, they always add the phrase, “Peace be upon him,” because Muhammad’s eternal destiny is uncertain, and the Muslim must ask Allah to be merciful to him. This contradiction between the Quran’s teaching of salvation by works, and its teaching of Allah determining salvation, regardless of one’s works, results in Islam being the world’s most uncertain religion regarding salvation.
The uncertainty of the Muslim’s salvation compared to the certainty of salvation through Jesus Christ is a fundamental difference. We must remember the promises of Christ, the certainly of our salvation (John 5:24) It is only through Christ’s righteousness that a person can be saved (Romans 5:21).
A Christian’s hope is that the truly repentant heart can be saved by grace through personal faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work on the Cross. GOOD FRIDAY commemorates Christ’s suffering and death on our behalf. He died, descended into hell, and took the keys of hell when he arose on the third day – Resurrection Day!
Islam’s View of Man’s Sinful Nature and the Christian Response
Like the Bible, the Quran teaches that people are descendants of Adam and Eve and are imperfect sinners. However, the Quran also teaches that their god, Allah, inspired sin in humankind (Quran 4:88; 7:16–18; 9:51; 14:4; 16:93; 35:8; 57:22; 74:31; 91:7–9). Muslims believe that humans are sinners because Allah has willed it. They do not understand the Bible’s teaching that humans, not God, caused sin through rebellion against God (Romans 5:12, 5:18–19). Likewise, Muslims have no reverence for LIFE. The Bible clearly names Jesus as the Creator (Heb 1:10-12)
I didn’t set out to make this a comparative piece, yet so many Americans call themselves Christians, but do not know the basic tenets of Biblical Christianity. (Not talking about denominational differences here, but the most simple, basic foundations of Christ’s Church!)
Jesus came to earth for two reasons:
This is why LIFE is so precious. This is why Christians of all denominations abhor abortion as murder! Jesus died that each of us might live life abundantly, without fear. I’m glad for this reminder, how about you?