Dec 1 2004
Question: Sir, if today you die, are you 100 percent sure you would go to heaven? How can I, a Muslim, have that assurance?
Answer: I am 100 percent certain because of the teaching in the Bible. I know the Bible is the Word of the one true God for many reasons: it is archaeologically and historically verifiable, it has hundreds of prophecies that have been fulfilled centuries and even thousands of years after they were recorded, it rings true to the conscience, and I have experienced in my own life the fulfillment of the salvation it offers.
There is no way that any sinner could pay the infinite penalty for his sins. All religions attempt to appease the gods or spirits with various occult ceremonies and sacrifices—but such efforts wouldn’t even pay for a traffic ticket and surely won’t be accepted by God. It is a matter of justice. The “ticket” has been written out on every one of us because of our sin, and the penalty has to be paid.
Islam has no solution for sin. No one in Islam paid the penalty for mankind. The Qur’an commands Muhammad to confess his sin, but that wouldn’t remove his guilt. Muhammad couldn’t even pay for his own sins, much less for those of others. Dying as a suicide bomber won’t pay for sin. Any religion that offers paradise for committing suicide and murdering innocent women and children in the process is false and ought to be condemned.
We have the record of eyewitnesses and many proofs that Jesus Christ is God come to earth through a virgin birth and that He paid the penalty for our sins in His death, literally resurrected, ascended to heaven, and is coming again. He offers forgiveness of sins and an eternal home in heaven to all who will believe on Him. There is no other way.