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Is Quran the Word of God? Part 10
Purpose of Scripture Writing
Last week we saw that, no one knows who the author of Quran was and that the copies of Quran were burnt while only one copy was kept. Without a prophet how could any one ever know which copy is legitimate or authorized and which one is not? Today we will look at the purpose of scripture writing.
Purpose of Scripture Writing:
We read in the Bible that when God created this world, He looked and saw that this world was beautiful and wonderful. He was happy with His creation. Proverbs 8:30-31 tells us that God was delighted to have fellowship with the sons of men or human being as we read in, "Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, Rejoicing in His inhabited world, And my delight was with the sons of men."
Genesis 3rd chapter also tells us that God used to meet them in the garden at the cool of the day. God created human being for having fellowship with Him but He never intended to have this sinful and ugly creation as we have today. Everything went well until the day Adam and Eve sinned against God and fell short of the glory of God. When they sinned against God, they could not stand in the presence of Holy God. They were sent out of the garden of Eden and they were separated from God. But God who created human being for fellowship, had the same longing to bring the human beings back to the first position from where they fell.
So God gave the Law to Moses and that Law contained sacred rules how a person could get forgiveness of their sin, how they could meet God and how they could have fellowship with God and live in His presence forever. The whole Bible's centralized theme is how to redeem the fallen human, how to make them meet God and how to give them eternal life. Jesus came for the very purpose and He gave His precious life for us on the cruel cross. He shed His blood for sinful human being so that we could come out of our sins and live a holy life and have fellowship with living God.
Bible says in 2 Tim 3:16-17, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
But if you read the Quran and Hadith you can understand that there is no forgiveness of sin, salvation of soul, fellowship with God or eternal life ever offered in Quran or in Hadith. Quran says in Surah 23:102-104. "Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy,- they will attain salvation: But those whose balance is light, will be those who have lost their souls, in Hell will they abide. The Fire will burn their faces, and they will therein grin, with their lips displaced. "
Also in Surah 7:8-9 The weighing on that day is the true (weighing). As for those whose scale is heavy, they are the successful. Those whose scale will be light, will be their souls in perdition, for that they wrongfully treated Our signs."
In other words there is no way to know whether he or she is going to hell or heaven or whether he or she will get salvation or not until their last breath. In Islam salvation is based on good deeds unlike Bible where God has already paid the price in full for the salvation of our souls. Quran has kept its believers in dark but the Bible says that we can receive salvation or forgiveness of our sins in this world itself by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Bible says that there is no other name given for our salvation except Jesus as we read in Acts 4:10-12, "let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.' Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Quran does not care about the problem of sin or sinful human being. There is no solution in Quran to deal with our sins. Quran is silent about forgiveness of sin. Our good deeds cannot save us. For example suppose a person kills someone and after killing, he goes to some other place where no one knows him. He starts a fresh life, gives much money to charities, helps poor and needy, does good humanitarian works. Will that erase his past sin? The fact is, no, his guilt of murder will follow him all the days of his life until he gets forgiveness of his sin. If his sins are not forgiven in this world then surely he is going to hell fire because he is a sinner who killed another person and his good works cannot save him. But unfortunately Quran does not have a solution for such person.
Muhammad the founder of Islam also lived in fear until his death, not knowing whether he will get into heaven or not. The same fear creeps in the minds of Muslims. They live in fear without having hope of a blessed future for them. In Hadith Volume 1, Book 12, Number 770, Muhammad was asked whether they could see Allah on the day of Judgment or not? Muhammad replied that on that day, Allah will call them, and As-Sirat (a bridge) will be laid across Hell and I (Muhammad) shall be the first amongst the Apostles to cross it with my followers. Nobody except the Apostles will then be able to speak and they will be saying then, 'O Allah! Save us. O Allah Save us.'
Then further he says that the Muslims will come out of the fire, though the fire would eat away their whole human body yet marks of prostrations will remain intact. At that time they will come out of the Fire as mere skeletons. The Water of Life will be poured on them and as a result they will grow like the seeds growing on the bank of flowing water.
Can you imagine what Allah had promised for Muslims? Hell fire, burnt flesh and body! But today I have a good news to tell you that when you are in this world itself, you can receive eternal life. You can get water of life that is freely given by Jesus.
Jesus said to the Samaritan woman in John 4:10, "Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."" And in John 4:14 "but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."
Dear friend, come to Jesus and have this eternal life so that you may never go to hell fire but have eternal life.