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The Five Truths
The Quran says, "God does not love the treacherous or the sinful." (4:107)
It also says,
"Let not the unbelievers think that our respite to them is good for themselves: We grant them respite that they may grow in their iniquity: But they will have a shameful punishment." (3:178) The Injeel tells us something completely different about God.
1.) God loves you, and did something for you that Islam cannot do.
What did God do? He demonstrated His love for you.
"God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
God did this because His love for you is as great as His patience, waiting for you to come to an understanding about Him.
"God...is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance." (II Peter3:9)
Though God's love for you and his patience for you is so great, why don't you experience His love personally?
2.) Our sin separates us from God, and keeps us from experiencing His love.
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) "...for there is no one who does not sin..." (I Kings 8:46)
Sin is that part of our nature that likes to go our own way, in rebellion to God and His loving plan for us. But God is so perfect, that none of us can possibly live up to His character. None of us can discover and fulfill His loving plan for us on our own. Which of us is really able to reach God? But there is another truth that made it possible for us to know God, experience His love, and be a part of His loving plan.
3.) Jesus Christ is God's only provision for forgiving our sin. Through Jesus, you can experience God's love, and be part of His plan.
He is God's only provision because Jesus Himself is God, who, of his own accord, became a man and took our punishment for us. That is how much God loves you! It is what Islam could not do for you. It could not demonstrate that God loved you. The good news is not that Jesus came to tell us about God. The good news is that He Himself is God, and He Himself is the good news we need.
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. None come to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Jesus became that provision when he died on the cross in our place, taking the punishment for our sins. Three days later, He rose from the dead, never to die again, as proof of His identity and love.
"Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." (I Corinthians 15:3-6)
What do we do with these truths? How should be apply them to our lives?
4.) You must turn away from Islam, and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior; then you will begin to experience God's love, and forgiveness.
Jesus said that He was the only way God. To believe Him, we must lay aside the things that have deceived us and kept us from God. Then we must embrace Him in truth, receiving His free gift.
"...let us lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us... fixing our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising its shame..." (Hebrews 12:1-2)
"As many as received Him, to them He gave them the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name." (John 1:12)
Would you like to embrace the real Jesus as your Savior and know God's love personally? If so, use this following prayer as a guide to help you.
5.) You must receive Jesus as your Savior
"Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the only son of God who died for my sins on the cross, and rose from the dead never to die again. I know now that you did this because you love me.
I confess that I have not led a life pleasing to you, since I did not believe what you said about yourself in the Injeel. I was deceived. I know that I was wrong and ask you to forgive me. Thank you that just because I asked, you have forgiven me of my sin. Thank you for helping me to turn away from Islam and embrace you, and your love. Please help me to live for you with my whole heart, giving you every part of my life to love and serve you as you have loved and served me. Please give me the strength to live for you, and share your love and truth with others.
Thank you that you have heard me, and made me a part of your kingdom, Lord Jesus!
Did you pray that prayer? If so, you are now a child of God by your expression of faith in Him! Now you must live for Him with your whole heart. Treat your new life in Jesus the way that God treats you. God has spent His whole existence thinking about you, and preparing a place for you with Him. Do the same.