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This is a request to you please answer these questions.

Is it that only a Christians will go to heaven, why not a Muslim who does his/her work honestly in this world and never does somthing harming to others, and who has a firm faith in his/her religion?

I have a friend who is a Muslim. I realy dont find something bad in her. She explained me her religion [Islam] and I found it something which is really of great sense. In it is also mentioned about Christianity, about Jews and also many things. The concept of god is that there is only one god. And about Jesus. He was the son of Mary and was one of the messengers of the god. About the book Bible, it was send down by god to the messenger so that the people may follow. How is it possible that in Quran it is mentioned about all these religions. Dosen't this show that Islam is a book of god? Why is that we don't believe in this?

Sorry to ask all this, but I had a doubt. I would be realy thankful if you would answer positively and also a bit early.

Our Answer:

Hello _______:

I'm happy to answer your questions. Thank you for writing.

Yes, only true follows of CHrist go to heaven. I don't say "Christian" because there are many people who call themselves "Christian" but they are not actually trusting in Christ alone for having paid the penalty they've earned for disobeying God.

Working honestly, not harming others, having faith their religion... none of these will get you to heaven or paradise. Because we can not do anything good, and on our own we do not even seek after the one true God. Scripture says:

as it is written,

“There is none righteous, not even one;
There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”
“Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
“Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
“Their feet are swift to shed blood,
Destruction and misery are in their paths,
And the path of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
- Romans 3:10-18

Having faith in a religion takes you further away from God. God wants us to have faith in Him, not a religion. We are to trust God alone, not a religion.

Yes, the Quran does mention the Jews, Christianity, Jesus and the Bible. The Quran was written in the 7th century, and there were both Christians and Jews living in the area where Mohammed lived. Sh he knew abou them.

Because the Quran talks about Christians, Jews, and Jesus does not make the Quran a book from God--there are many books that mention these same people, but that does not make any of those books a book from God. People can write about what they know and see around them, and it just means they are writing based on their experience.

While followers of both Christianity and Islam believe in one God, Islam is very different from Christianity. For example, in Islam a person goes to heaven because their good deeds outweigh their sins. In Islam no one knows whether they will be going to paradise or hell. Mohammed's daughter asked her father what her fate would be on the day of judgment. Mohammed answered:

"Say: I am no bringer of newfangled doctrine among the apostles, nor do I know what will be done with me or you. I follow but that which is revealed to me by inspiration; I am but a warner open and clear." - The Quran, Sura 46:9

Not even Mohammed knew whether he was headed to paradise or hell. But, Christianity is different. We know for sure that we are going to heaven, because we know there is nothing we can do to save ourslves. Our good deeds, even the very best we can do, are like filthy rags. We must depend solely on God to save us, which He did::

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." -- John 3:16

If we know and trust this to be true, in other words if we believe and trust God, the gift of eternal life is ours.

The Qur'an teaches a variety of possibilities for what happens after you die. One common thread, however, is that belief must be accompanied by repentance and good works (Sura 19:60). The one most commonly accepted belief is that those whose good deeds outweigh their sins will go to paradise (Sura 7:8-9).

This is the opposite of Christianity.

"Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it." - Ephesians 2:9

That your Muslim friend is a good person, does not mean she has the right to go to heaven. No one is good. Read the Law of Moses - the Ten Commandments. No one has perfectly obeyed even just a few of the Ten Commandments. No one. We have all broken God's law and deserve the just punishment.

"For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard." - Romans 3:23

God is perfect and holy. If we've broken His law (that's called sin) we cannot be in God's presence. This means anyone who has sinned can not enter heaven. But God loves us and wants us all to be with Him in heaven? How does He solve this problem?

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." -- John 3:16

So it is those who trust that Jesus died to pay the penalty they owe for breaking God's law that enter heaven.

Islam's Allah is not the God of the Bible. They may both be called god, but when we look at who they are--as described in the Bible and the Quran--they are opposite in character.

The true God loves us (all of us including Muslims). He wants all of us to live forever with Him in heaven. He tells us a lot about Himself (in the Bible) and He is an active part of our daily lives. God never lies or changes His mind. You can trust His promises. God never changes. He wants us to have the peace and security of knowing for sure that we'll join God in heaven.

Allah is very different, for example:

Quran teaches that Allah is the author of evil. Here are just two examples:

"Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allah, but it is He Who deceives them. And when they stand up for As-Salat (the prayer), they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allah but little." (Sura 4:142)

"And (the unbelievers) schemed and planned, and Allah schemed also, and the best of schemers is Allah." (Sura 3:54)

Allah changes, and in some cases abrogates what he previously said:

"None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten but We substitute something better or similar- Knowest thou not that Allah has power over all things?" (Sura 2:106)

"When We substitute one revelation for another- and Allah knowest best what He reveals (in stages) - They say, 'Thou art but a forger'; But most of them understand not." (Sura 16:101)

God is not the source of evil. He is always and only perfect and holy. God does not change, nor does His word change. Yes, God revealed some things in stages, but it is always 100% consistent, He does not change. Allah and God are not the same. Islam and Christianity are not the same. The Quran is not a book of God.

Thank you again for taking the time to write,

Yours in Christ,
Steve
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