The PROPHETS and BLOOD SACRIFICE:
The Quran tells us throughout that Allah is merciful and compassionate. The Bible agrees. However, Muslims believe that his mercy overcomes his wrath – that if Allah, considering our works and personality, is inclined to he can overlook our sins (hateya). The Bible disagrees.
The Bible emphasizes that God is just: there must be a penalty for our sins. God’s attributes are balanced. God’s JUSTICE EQUALS his MERCY in strength. He can’t just forgive and forget without consequence. And so, there is a very different picture between Islam and the religions of both the Jews and Christians as presented in the Bible.
In this video, Dr. Cynthia discusses this important difference with Huda, a new Christian from Muslim background. She refers to The PATH of the PROPHETS booklet, which explains how all the prophets before Jesus made blood sacrifice for sin, including: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and others. The prophets told us that sin deserves death. It is blood on the altar of sacrifice that covers our sins, as the Bible says in the Law of Moses,
“I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the LORD. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible.” Leviticus 17:1 NLT
The prophets also foretold that there would be a final sacrifice: that as a good parent, our Creator God would come to earth to pay the debt for us, his children. Like an innocent father pays for the window his child broke. (Isaiah 9:6 & 53)
God allowing us to choose, means we could choose to love and serve him – not be robots. But we could also choose evil and displease him. And sadly, we all do. God’s justice requires payment for the mess we have made of our lives and the earth. But in his mercy and love, he pays for us in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Dr. C explains that the absence of blood sacrifice for sin in Islam is of huge importance. It is not a small ritual thing like which direction we pray in or how we wash or hold our hands. It touches the character of God. If Islam is related to Judaism and Christianity, as it claims to be, and has the same God, it must include blood sacrifice for sin.
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