top of page

5/30/2021 The Righteous For The Unrighteous ~Rev. Bernie Chung

In Western countries, Muslims belonging to the Islamic State or traditional Muslim communities enjoy many freedoms. There is a big contrast comparing the treatment experienced by Christians in many Muslim countries. Why is there such a huge gap? The primary reason is that within the Judeo-Christian traditions and beliefs that exist in Western countries, a person’s dignity and freedom of choice are highly valued. In the past 1500 years of Islamic history, such freedom and democratic values have not been accepted by Islam at all.

However, whether in the East or the West, the point is that Islam is a religion that depends on self-reliance and self-effort. Muslims follow a religion that puts the responsibility of salvation entirely on the shoulders of its believers. They try to do their best and hope that Allah will have mercy on them. We Christians believe that God sent His Son to establish our reconciliation with God, and by accepting Christ we have the salvation that is freely given to us. We must seize this opportunity to share this incredible good news with our Muslim friends in our midst.

Muslims do not believe in God and only believe in Allah. Christians believe in what the Bible tells us—our eternal triune God comprises of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:16-17 (NIV84) says: “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’”

Muslims claim that human beings are born with pure hearts and without sin. If they commit crimes, they can still overcome them by actions of their own will. We Christians know that we are born spiritually dead, fallen by sin, and no one can save oneself except by God's grace. Romans 3:12 says: “All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

Muslims say that their Lord Allah does not love sinners and everyone must obtain salvation on their own. Christians believe that our God loves sinners, and He sent His son to die for our sins. Romans 5:8 says: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Muslims believe that Jesus was only a person and did not die for human sins. Christians believe that Christ is the Son of God, the sinless redeemer who is both God and man, and that he was resurrected for sinful people after death, and that the righteous replaces the unrighteous. 1 Peter 3:18 says: “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.”

Brothers and Sisters, we should thank God for His grace in granting us the sweet taste of salvation. Let’s pray for our local Muslim friends and find ways to share the Gospel with them. Amen!

2 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

我們在逆境中處事態度和反應,正是測試我們對神的認識、信心和忠心。在順境中,享受美好的生活,一切順利,身體健康,感謝神是容易的,服事神是容易的,信靠神是容易的。相反地,苦難在眼前,我們的信心會動搖,憂慮境況會惡化,感到筋疲力盡。我們會怎樣回應這境況?我們的回應正是反映我們對神的認識、敬畏和忠心。 從但以利書三章一至十八節,尼布甲尼撒王命令民眾俯伏敬拜金像,沙得拉、米煞和亞伯尼歌對尼佈甲尼撒王的回應,

假若有人控訴我們奪取了神之物時,很多人也會反問:「我們在何事上奪取了神之物?」因為這確實是一個很嚴重的指控!就如瑪拉基書中的以色列人也同樣發出了這個問題。耶和華便說:「就是在你們在當納的十分之一和當獻的供物上。」 今天的信徒可能會反駁,我們當然有十分之一的奉獻,怎麼會是奪取呢?而我亦相信很多信徒有不止十分之一的奉獻。但是神的家是不是單指我們在金錢上的奉獻呢?現今除了金錢上的十分之一外,神更要求我們

從哥林多前書 13章1-13 節中,我們才得知什麼是愛,什麼並不算是愛。如果這聽起來好像很耳熟能詳,皆因這段文字經常在基督教婚禮裡被人引用。非基督徒聽到第一至第三節這些跟行為和異能有關的描述時可能會覺得很怪。然而沒有了愛,這一切都是無用和毫無價值的。這並非是個什麼新鮮概念,在路加福音 10章17-20 節中記載,當七十二個門徒回到耶穌身邊,門徒們對耶穌之名的力量與及對他們能以施行神蹟之事而感到驚愕

bottom of page