The bible says, quite unequivocally, that forgiveness is only possible through the shedding of blood. It began in Eden after Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and then shared it with Adam. In Genesis chapter 3 we read the account of the temptation by the serpent (the same force that is behind Islam today, with the same temptation to disobey God as is present today). After the acceptance and eating of the fruit, Adam and Eve were ashamed, aware of their nakedness, and they hid themselves. You probably know the rest of the story, how God came looking for them and they did not want to see Him face to face. He was angry with them for what they had done, but then He did something for them – He gave them covering (clothes), and provided a way back to Him:
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:”
But have you really stopped to think about what it took for them to have a covering? Too many times we glance over it too quickly. Let’s look at this intensely for a moment.
Eve was named “Eve” because, Scripture says, she was the mother of ALL LIVING. Then we’re told that God made for them coats of skins. Where did God get the skins? He had to kill something in order to get the skins. Because of their sin, the mother of all living had to wear skin that came from an animal that, up until then, she had had responsibility for. She was the mother of ALL LIVING. Now that doesn’t mean or imply that she was literally the animals’ mother; it implies that she had dominion over them (with her husband), and that their lives were in her hands! She not only let down herself; she let down the animals that would forever be killed in order to provide clothing for us!
But there’s a second part to the providing of skins – the shedding of blood. Shedding of blood was now necessary and it had never been necessary to that point. Death had entered because of their sin and death would reign over humans and animals until finally defeated on the cross many, many years later. Death and blood now played a key role in the “covering” of sin. Death and blood would remain a part of the covering of sin for many years.
Throughout the years between this incident in the Garden of Eden to Jesus’ (of the Bible) accomplishment on the cross, sin was continually covered by the shedding of blood. Leviticus outlines the sacrifices required for God’s (of the Bible) chosen people. Blood played the most key role; they were never allowed to forget that their sin caused other animals, innocent animals, to die in their place.
Then one day, God died in their place! You see, blood was required to cover man’s sin, and then one day, on a cross in Jerusalem, blood was finally shed that not only “covered” man’s sins, but provided forgiveness for those sins as well. Up until this time, the shedding of innocent blood had been required but it merely “covered”, or rolled back the sin; sacrifices on the altar never provided forgiveness but a mere delay in judgment (I guess that’s the best way I can say it). The sin was not “forgiven”, “forgotten”, or otherwise dismissed – it was rolled back for another year; all sin was still to be judged and forgiveness for those sins would come only with the shedding of the MOST INNOCENT blood in the form of God Himself hanging from a tree in the most memorable event in the history of mankind.
Paul tells us about what this blood means to us (and to our ancestors). He verifies what I’m telling you now, that without this shedding of blood, forgiveness is not possible:
“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
Islam would have you believe that this event never occurred.
Islam teaches that Jesus (of the Bible) was not crucified! Islam says that another was crucified in His place and the the god of Islam simply took Jesus up into Heaven:
“And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger – they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain. ut Allah took him up unto Himself. Allah was ever Mighty, Wise.”
They deny the crucifixion of the One Whose blood was the MOST INNOCENT and through Whom all forgiveness is possible. Without this one event in history, there is NO FORGIVENESS! You, Christian, can have no forgiveness without this, and Islam is content to make you believe that the crucifixion was a hoax.
Of course the
Holy Quran says that the god of Islam is a forgiving god. Below is just one example (I’ll let you look up more about this on your own);
“And let not those who possess dignity and ease among you swear not to give to the near of kin and to the needy, and to fugitives for the cause of Allah. Let them forgive and show indulgence. Yearn ye not that Allah may forgive you ? Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”
But think about it for a moment: if the Holy Bible says that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin, and knowing what you know about the blood of Jesus (of the Bible) and its atoning qualities unmatched by any other blood, then, if the Quran denies that He was crucified, the Quran also denies the existence of any forgiveness! Whoa!
What we have just pieced together is this: The
Holy Quran says that the god of Islam is a forgiving god. The same book says that Jesus was not crucified (remember that they would have you believe that when it speaks of jesus it is speaking of Jesus of the Bible). Without His crucifixion, there is no forgiveness – so the Quran must be, at this point in our understanding, stating that the god of Islam is different from the God of the Bible! In other words, from the Islamic point of view, forgiveness doesn’t come through or from Jesus Christ (of the Bible), but it comes from their god. I see this as an admission of difference between the two gods. This time, the taqiyya has caught up to them!
This difference is what I’ve been saying all along – that you cannot open the
Holy Quran and have success looking for and finding God (of the Bible). He isn’t there! There is a god there, but he’s fake, false, and unable to forgive, regardless of what his book says. Forgiveness only comes by One, and you won’t find mention of Him in the Quran, because…
Jesus is NOT in the Quran!