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Submitted by William East (United States), Oct 25, 2008 at 12:54

Dr Razaq M Saiyed,

Christianity is based on the belief that God took the form of true humanity so that He, God, could do for man what man is unable to do for himself - namely, provide a means for man to obtain God's own Holiness, His Purity, His Righteousness.

God established a system through Abraham whereby Faith is the means of obtaining God's Righteousness. You may ask the question: Faith in what? The answer is Faith in The Lord Jesus Christ, who for our sakes became sin that we might obtain Righteousness through Him. The sins of all men was gathered up and imputed to Jesus Christ as he hung on the cross and there sin was judged.

God exists in a state of sublime Holiness and will not soil himself with less than his own perfection. Man is incapable, through the act of any series of rituals or observances or sincerity, to match God's Perfection. It would be folly to think such a thing. Yet every sort of legalistic approach has arisen from the mind of man in an attempt to match God's Holiness.

The Muslim lives in the hope that his sincerity is sufficient cause to gain access into God's presence. The Muslim belives that it is his behavior, works, that makes him acceptable to God.

The Christian lives in the hope that God's gift of His own Righteousness through Faith in Jesus Christ is correct. The Christian believes it is God's own work that makes him acceptable to God. The Christian believes his soul is the home of God the Holy Spirit. All this is gain through the simple act of faith in Jesus Christ.

The Muslim mind is limited by the the concept of God as a single being.

Christians believe in a triune Godhead where each member, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit share the same attributes of Perfection and Power.

As a Christian, I am not here to judge other men. I leave judgement to God. Muslims would do well to do the same.

Explain to me the Muslim process of gaining God's approval. Prayer, study, ritual observance? These are the things that gain the approbation of God? A person can do those things and still lack sincerity and purity. To what degree would one need to be sincere and pure? The answer is simple: one would need to be infinitely sincere and infinite purity. Are you such a man? Are you of infinite sincerity, a man of such holiness that your own holiness matches God's Holiness?

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved.

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