Sunday, April 12, 2009

Shining God’s Light on the Koran – Death or Life

Sam continues his on-going series, which contrasts the Judeo-Christian Bible with the Islamic Koran on a variety of topics. He aims the beam of the Biblical laser on the Koran to expose, to reveal what it really says. See his previous articles here.


Should Someone Wish for Death?

If a person is sure they will go to heaven when they die, then why bother living life here on earth? Why not hope to die, so you can go to heaven and be with God free of all the difficulties of life on earth? Have you ever hoped you would die? There are thousands of people of every age, who commit suicide every year. Have you ever thought that death was better than life? There are many Muslims who kill themselves and others thinking they will be accepted into Paradise as martyrs. Why don’t Christians and Jews do this? Do you love death?

HOW ABOUT ETERNAL LIFE?


“But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” - - - Jesus in John 10:26-28

THE KORANIC ACCOUNT


By the way: If the place to live with Allah after death is for you alone to the prohibition of all other people then wish for death if your claim is true (Surah 2:94). They (Israel) will never desire death because of what their own hands have done. Allah knows who it is that does evil (Surah 2:95). You will surely find them the greediest of all men for life; even loving life more than the polytheists. Each individual would love to live for a thousand years. Prolonged life would not keep them from the judgment that comes from Allah for He is watching (Surah 2:96).

THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNT

A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. (Psalm 133:1-3)

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (Philippians 3:21)

COMPARING & CONTRASTING THE KORAN WITH SCRIPTURE

The Koran makes the statement that if Heaven is only for a certain few, Christians & Jews, then, logically, they should desire death. However, it is exclusively through Jesus Christ, that God offers to people, eternal life. Easter is the day Christians celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. Some day He will return to take His people away and their bodies will be changed like unto His body. Their bodies will be immortal.

When God’s people dwell together in unity, it is like being in paradise. God gives His people life everlasting. When one knows God, why would one wish to die? Enjoy life.

CONCLUSION


Did you, or do you, ever wish or hope to die? God is still willing to accept you, imperfect as you are. It was through the Children of Israel, that Jesus came to earth. You must believe that He is God in flesh, yet sinless. He lived a perfect life, and He took the sins of the world into His own body on the cross, and received the wrath of God against those sins.

If you desire eternal life, as I once did myself, you too can pray and invite Jesus into your heart. Whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. A sample prayer is, “Lord Jesus Christ forgive me of my sins and come into my heart.”

REFERENCES


The Koran passages are a paraphrase of several English translations.

The Koran, translated by N.J. Dawood: A Penguin Classic

The Qur’an, translated by M.H. Shakir: Tahrike Tarsile Qur’an, Inc.

The Holy Qur’an, translated by Maulana Muhammad Ali: Ahmadiyya Anjumann Isha’at Lahore Inc. U.S.A.

The Koran, translated by Marmaduke Pickethall: Everyman’s Library

The Holy Bible is the King James translation of 1611 from the WORD program by Tom Hills with the New Creations Ministries

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