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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

How to Explain the Necessity of Jesus' Death to Muslims

PJ Media



"I have been in a few face-to-face debates with Muslims, and all of them were polite and respectful. One question from my Muslim friends kept popping up, however: "Why did Jesus have to die on the cross for our sins? If we sin, God just forgives! He does not need for someone to take our place." Muslims have told me that this substitutionary sacrifice is actually very unfair of God. God would never let a righteous man die for the guilty. They illustrate it this way: "Would God allow an innocent baby to die for the crimes of murderers? Of course not! So, it would be immoral for God to send a righteous man to pay for others' sins."

"The Quran states very clearly that Jesus did not die on the cross: "They declared: 'We have put to death the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, the apostle of God.' They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but they thought they did (Surah 4:157-158)." And it says that one person cannot bear the burden of another (Surah 6:164), so a human cannot die for the sins of others. (However, elsewhere in Surah 29:12-13 it says others, such as Christians and Jews, will be punished for the sins of Muslims. So, the Quran does teach that at least some will be punished in the place of others.)

"To answer this I begin with the question . . ."

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