Sins & Salvation: Christianity vs Islam
All believing humans are looking for salvation, everyone wants to enter paradise and enjoy eternal bliss. But eternal joy must be earned, salvation is attainable through the worship of God alone. A person must believe in the one God and follow his instructions. It’s a simple formula to but others have over complicated the matter and added to God’s word rendering the method of salvation contrary to the real and true teachings of every ones of God’s prophets.
Islam teaches us that human beings are born without sin and are naturally inclined to worship God alone (no middle man). As well as this believe one must back this up with actions, actions which are pleasing to God Al Mighty. But as is human nature to slip and sin, all that is required is sincere repentance followed by seeking God’s forgiveness. Sin pushes a person away from God, repentance (Tawba) literally means to return, it brings the slave back to God. It’s a very simple and direct process.
But according to Christian doctrine, mankind is deemed astray, lost and sinful by default. The doctrine of original sin states that mankind s born sinful, due to the sin of Adam and therefore far away from God from the beginning of their life, and the person must find their way back to God, otherwise hell awaits them. Mankind according to them is in need of a reemder, someone must be sacrificed for God.
Islam on the other hand rightly rejects the Christian concept of original sin and the notion that humankind is born sinful. The idea that innocent beautiful babes and children are sinful sounds horrific to a believer in God, in a God who is merciful, loving and compassionate. Islam rejects the concept of original sin completely.
Islam very clearly states that very child is born pure and innocent, in a state of purity, without sin and naturally inclined to worship and praise God. However, humans beings are also given freewill and thus capable of making mistakes and committing sins, they are even capable of committing great evils. Whenever a person sins, they turn to Allah and beg him alone for forgiveness.
The following topics will be covered within this course:
- The nature of sin.
- The comparative ways to attain salvation between Islam and Christianity.
- Salvation in Islam.
- Salvation in Christianity.
- Original sin.
- The story of Adam and eve and their sin.
- The Qur’an being the source of guidance for all things.
- Qur’anic description of salvation.
Dr. Uthman Lateef is Senior Researcher and Instructor at Sapience Institute. He has a BA in History, an MA in Crusader Studies, and has completed a PhD in the 'Place of Fada'il al-Quds (Merits of Jerusalem) and Religious Poetry in the Muslim effort to recapture Jerusalem in the Crusades'.
Who is the course for?
This programme is suitable for those who would like to learn about ‘Sins and Salvation between Islam and Christianty’, in a lively and interactive course, engaging all levels of students, it suitable for all those:
- Who are students of comparative religion.
- Who are seeking forgiveness for their sins, irrespective of how large the sin is.
- Who want to appreciate the vast forgiveness of Allah.
- Wanting to learn the meanings of the words of Allah in an accurate and structured manner.
- Who would like to study at the convenience of their timetable.
- Who those appreciate visual display of Qur’anic verses with clear explanations.
- Who want to visit orthodox understands of the stories of the Qur’an.
- Want a modern approach to learning classical subjects.
- It is a course for those who want to engage in contemporary discussions based on traditional teachings of the Qur’an. These verses connect us back to our creator and back to our purpose of existence. And it teaches us how to attain God’s forgiveness in the correct manner.
On completion of this module, the successful student will:
- Understand the correct process and way to salvation.
- Be able to differentiate between what God said and what people have added to scripture.
- Understand divine scripture.
- Salvation in Islam is based on Tawheed, direct forgiveness from Allah.
- Appreciate the love of the creator.
- Reconnect with his creator.
- See the dangers of shirk, praying to other than Allah.
- The essence of shirk is to make dua to other than Allah, be that a middle man.