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Concepts of SIN & Salvation

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"Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." (1Jo 3:4)

"Why, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed on all men, for that all have sinned:" (Rom 5:12)

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Rom 3:23)

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom 6:23)


God has created humanity with a religious "stomach" that will be filled in one way or another, either by true religion or by invented beliefs of convenience. Throughout the ages mankind has always sought something higher than itself to venerate or to justify its own existence. Even modern unbelieving man spends Trillion of bucks to explore the Universe vainly seeking for the origin of life. This is nothing but a scientific search for a creator of his own making, by this natural approach modern man seeks a non-personal creator that has no claims on his own life. But God is a Spirit and must be sought in spirit and truth (Joh 4:24).

Over time man has created for himself all sort of religions, even atheistic unbelievers have a religion of sort. A modern women said: "my belief is in my children and in my work", this is not different from: communism, evolution, naturalism, animalism, secularism and umpteen more variations, all are a form of religious beliefs of convenience, all rejecting a personal, immanent, transcendent almighty holy God. 

All worldly religious beliefs (except Christianity) are based on ‘works’ to obtain salvation for themselves or for their collective idea of belief. No religion, except Christianity, gives assurance of salvation; all are entirely based on human works to earn the passage and never assuring of having done enough good works apropos.

Christianity stands alone in its claim of assured salvation, for it is not based on human works but on faith in the perfect sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, perfectly atoning all the sins of His people; (past, present and future).

Practically all religion do not conceive sin as an offence against a most Holy God, the Creator, to whom we must render an account of these sins, but rather as an act of ignorance towards self. This can be rectified by doing more good deeds than bad ones; thus resulting in a positive algebraic sum. Instead Christianity teaches that if one transgresses one of Gods commands, he has transgressed them all for he has sinned against a thrice-holy God: "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." (Jam 2:10) (Isa 6:3; Rev 4:8)

Having sinned, and all sins are against a most Holy God, what can man give to repay the wrong done against a most Holy God, since of his own he has nothing (1Co 4:7) “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mat 16:26) ALL have sinned, thus no one could save himself, but praise our marvellous God that has provided a way of escape in Jesus Christ our beautiful Lord and Saviour.

Contrary to all the other religions Christianity offers free Salvation (i.e. no works required) but simply by professing faith in the perfect work of Christ: "9 That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. 10 For with the heart man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made to salvation. …….. For whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Rom 10:9,10,13

Moreover, according to the Bible, there is only one mighty name under Heaven by which man can be saved, the Lord Jesus Christ (Act 4:12) and this is also witnessed by the fact that No other religion has such claim of certainty. Indeed only Christianity has such assurance of salvation (1Jo 5:13; Rom 8:38,39)  In effect these statements make Christianity true and all the others false.

The following tables show a brief general comparison between the major religions on the subject:

 

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In the Bible, the Hebrew and Greek words, which are translated as sin, mean failing to hit the target or missing the mark. Since God is pure and just, sinners cannot come into God's presence unless they first attain salvation.

Sin is anything that is contrary to the law or will of God. For example: if you lie, you have sinned. Why? Because God has said not to lie (Exo 20:16). If you do what God has forbidden, then you have sinned. In addition, if you do not do what the holy God has commanded, you sin (Jam 4:17). Either way, the result is eternal separation from God (Isa 59:2). Sin is lawlessness (1Jo 1:3) and unrighteousness (1Jo 5:17). Sin leads to bondage (Rom 6:14-20) and death (Rom 6:23).

The Bible testifies that Jesus Christ lived and died to atone for the sins of His people; His grace is available to all who seek it. Even though the Atonement removes the penalty for their sins, their human nature has not changed. But with God's grace and assistance, the believer's sin-nature is kept in check and their Christ like qualities increase, in a process known as sanctification.

Christ suffered for His people so that God could forgive humans apart from punishment while still maintaining His divine justice. Atonement is reconciliation with God, of people who have sinned. It is a concept of forgiveness and repair, based on the mercy of God. Christianity holds a different view on salvation than either Judaism or Islam.

 

Christianity is the only religion where salvation is not based on works but on Grace. To receive salvation, a person must truly believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to forgive his sins and confess that He is Lord and Saviour. Recognise the Lord's will for his life and attempt (through God's grace) to live in a way that is pleasing to Him. There is a vital difference between Christianity's view on salvation and the Jewish and Islamic views.

In both Judaism and Islam, to obtain (earn) salvation, one must keep commandments, repent, and do good works. In Christianity salvation is given freely, by Grace; good works and commandments keeping follow as the result of the individual's desire to obey God. Jesus’ free gift of salvation is the foundation of Christianity.

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Judaism is motivated by a desire to do God's will. Judaism believes God's will is primarily found in the Mosaic law, as it has been elaborated and applied to changing circumstances through the centuries. In rabbinic Judaism, good and evil are always possibilities for man, but his dignity and basic goodness requires that he be free to tip the scales in either direction, and his inclination is to choose the good. Therefore, Judaism is optimistic about one's ability to do God's will, and sin is not generally a major concern.

A different concept of atonement exists in Judaism. Atonement is said to be the process of forgiving or pardoning transgression. Notably, this belief does not implicitly believe a redeemer is necessary.

 

Repentance is needed in all cases of wilful sin, and restitution is always required in the case of sin against a fellow person, unless the wronged party waives it.

In any case, there is no concept of a need for regeneration. If a Jewish person has strayed from God, it is only necessary for him to "return" (the Hebrew meaning of "repentance") and walk again in God's ways.

Jews do not assume that God assesses people on some absolute scale. Jews believe that God expects you to do the best you have with what you have, including upbringing, innate abilities, and the situations you find yourself in, and you have the power to perfect yourself. Even on this relative scale, though, no one uses their entire potential, or fully utilizes every opportunity. So, to whatever extent one does what they can, they enjoy its effects in the World to Come.

In Judaism, salvation is not a commonly used term. In order to enter God's paradise, a person must follow God's commands in the Torah. Non-Jews only have to follow the 10 C to enter heaven, but a Jew must fulfil even more (613) requirements. For a Jew, salvation has more in common with the forgiveness of sins.

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Sin is disbelief in Islam. A sin is an act in contrast to the will of Allah. Islamists can act following His will, this is the meaning of the word Islam, or they can fail to pay attention to His will or they can deliberately act against His will. Islam is submission to the will of Allah. The purpose of an Islamists’ existence as Human beings is to worship and serve Allah - to do His will.

The teaching of Islam tells that forgiveness of sins is based on good works, according to the saying of the Qur'an.

Traditionally, Islam has taught that believers are all essentially good, and that getting to Paradise after death involves doing more good deeds than bad deeds in life, as opposed to the Christian view that humans are all essentially sinners, and get to Heaven only by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus on their behalf.

Salvation is only through a person's own deeds. God gave us a mind and a sense of feeling, and a person should use them to determine what he thinks is right. And a person is solely responsible for his actions.

Martyrs (terrorists) for Islam go to heaven directly receiving much reward, such as 72 perpetual virgins, all sorts of delicious food and much material bliss.

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In Hinduism there is no sin against a Holy God. Acts of wrongdoing are not done against any God but are mainly a result of ignorance. These evils can be overcome by following the guidelines of one's caste and way of salvation. Hinduism does not view sin as a crime against God, but as an act against Karma - moral order - and one's own self. It is thought natural, if unfortunate, that young souls act wrongly, for they are living in nescience, avidya, the darkness of ignorance.

The Hindu teaching about grace sees no need for atonement for sin, but simply offers forgiveness without any satisfaction of the judgment on sin required by a holy God. The Christian doctrine of Atonement in the person of Jesus who sacrificed his life for the sake of fallen humanity is opposed to the law of Karma. The Hindu finds it difficult to subscribe to the proposition of one man suffering for another man's sins, as it makes the moral order of the Universe unreal by keeping men under the happy illusion that however much they may go on sinning, they would be ultimately saved by the saving grace of God.

Salvation in Hinduism can be attained in one of three general ways: the way of knowledge, knowing one is actually a part of the ultimate Brahman and not a separate entity; the way of devotion, which is love and obedience to a particular deity; or the way of works, or following ceremonial ritual. This salvation is from the seemingly endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. According to the doctrine of Karma and transmigration, man has no need of a saviour because each one must atone for his own sins in successive re-births, until he attain mukti, release or salvation. By the law of Karma, an endless series of reincarnations, the soul reaps what it has sown in one life in the form either of misery or of blessing in a future rebirth

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Secularism cannot understand the sense of sin. At the very most, sin will be reduced to what offends man. Secularists believe that everyone has a right to full sexual freedom. They believe that everyone, regardless of age or condition, has a right to determine the values and goals that affect their lives. They believe in the right to suicide, abortion and euthanasia.

Not believing in sin, Secularists do not see a need for atonement.

They believe in the theory of evolution, a theory that is often presented as fact in many schools and textbooks. They recognize no immutable rights or wrongs as revealed in the Ten Commandments. Man is autonomous, and is inherently good and in no need of atonement.

Secularists do not believe in God and, of course, they do not believe in salvation or damnation. They adhere to situation ethics morality, meaning they do not live by or believe in absolute standards of morality. They believe everyone has a right to maximum individual autonomy, meaning the right of each to do his own thing, whatever it may be. They have no hope and this life is all they got.

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