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Submitted by Lactantius Jr (United Kingdom), Sep 8, 2008 at 17:11

To Abdullatif

Thank you for your post. You say that Tawhid is the most important thing to be known by every Muslim, and I realise that Islam emphatically stresses its importance, so I find it curious that the word "Tawhid" isn't in the Qur'an, but be that as it may, "faith" requires an object doesn't it, and we all (even atheists), make faith committments of one sort or another, so the most important thing is the object of our faith, where do we place our faith? will it hold, or will it let us down?

I equate "faith" with "confident trust," and I have placed my faith, my confident trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and believing Him to be trustworthy, am taking Him at His word, and specifically, when describing why He had come, He said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness." John 10:10 going on to say, "I give them eternal life, and nobody will snatch them from my hands." John 10:28 and "I am the resurrection and the life, whoever believes in Me, even though they die will live again, and whoever lives and believes in Me, will never really die at all." John 11:25-26

Concerning salvation ("God's rescue plan"), the Bible says that "Under all heaven, there is only One Name by which we may be saved, the Name Jesus." Acts 4:12 and that "The free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23b

He is where I have put my confident trust, and I'm taking Him and the Word of God expressed in the Bible, at face value.

We're not worth it, we don't deserve it, and we can't earn it Abdullatif, it (salvation) is a free gift from the God revealed in the printed words of the Bible, and supremely revealed in the living, loving Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Do you want it? absolutely guaranteed, no ifs, no buts, no maybes, no if I do enough good things, no "Inshallas," no "if Allah is having a good day," etc. but guaranteed by the God Who cannot lie, the God Who keeps His Word.

And what about you Abdullatif, what are you trusting to take you to al-janna? do you have a confident expectation of getting into Allah's paradise? do you have any assurance you will be there?

I'm glad you appreciate Dr Pipes' website, I too appreciate it very much, it's a fine site isn't it? and I really appreciate Dr Pipes' insightful writing on Islam and Islamism.

With kind regards and best wishes

Lactantius Jr

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