Allah is a maximally great and holy God. Allah is perfect and righteous. He does not tolerate evil and he judges rightly by punishing those who do evil and think evil thoughts.
Have you disobeyed Allah? Have you lived up to Allah’s expectations? Will Allah really forgive those whom he judges or will he not judge rightly by punishing you for the sins you commit? For according to the Quran:
- “That is because Allah never changeth the grace He hath bestowed on any people until they first change that which is in their hearts, and (that is) because Allah is Hearer, Knower.” Surah 8:53;
- “But lo! many are led astray by their own lusts through ignorance. Lo! thy Lord, He is Best Aware of the transgressors. Forsake the outwardness of sin and the inwardness thereof. Lo! those who garner sin will be awarded that which they have earned.” Surah 6:119-120
- “They were mightier than these in power and (in the) traces (which they left behind them) in the earth. Yet Allah seized them for their sins, and they had no protector from Allah.” Surah 40:21
All have sinned both outwardly and inwardly. None of us are perfect. Shall any then escape the right judgment of Allah when he is punished for his sin? If you respond that Allah forgives those who believe in him, how can that be? Does Allah commit an evil act by rewarding those who have sinned? On what basis will Allah be a righteous judge if he rewards sinners? The Quran clearly states that we will not be wronged in judgment. It says we will all receive what we deserve.
“And Allah created the heavens and the earth with truth and that every soul may be rewarded for what it has earned and they shall not be wronged.” Surah 45:22
So then, what reward will you receive from Allah? Since sin is punished and all have sinned, will not all who believe in Allah be punished?
A More Excellent Way
There is a righteous judge who does not commit evil by judging wrongly. He forgives sinners not on the basis of their evil acts but on the basis of a substitutionary sacrifice. This righteous judge will punish all people who do not receive the free gift, the substitutionary sacrifice, being offered to them. This free gift is a righteousness that is credited to us by the sacrifice of a perfectly obedient life given in the person and work of Jesus. For even the Quran says:
- She [Mary] said: Lo! I seek refuge in the Beneficent One from thee, if thou art Allah-fearing. He said: I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I may bestow on thee a faultless son [Jesus]. Surah 19:18-19
The free gift of eternal reward is exceedingly good news. It is available to all and could be summed up in this way:
- God is maximally holy
- We have all sinned against God
- Sinners cannot be in the presence of a maximally holy God
- God sent Jesus to die as a once and for all perfect sacrificial offering for us.
- In his death Jesus took our sin on himself and credited to us his righteousness
- If we receive the free gift of Jesus, then we receive an eternal reward not based on our righteousness, but based on the righteous of Jesus
- Having therefore received the righteousness of Jesus, we respond with praise and sacrificial living
Will you receive the free gift that God has offered in Jesus?