THE ONLY SAVIOUR CONCEPT MAKES JESUS, MIGHTIER THAN
WHO IS “YOUR” SAVIOUR? One of the primary questions frequently posed by a devoted Christian to a non Christian is: “We all do sin. But, under the umbrella of Christianity we have Jesus Christ, who died on the Cross for “our” sins. He is “our” Saviour. Our sins are washed with the blood of our Saviour. Who is “your” Saviour and what is “your” solution for solving the sin problem?
If you were to counter question; Did the Saviour “himself” claim that the sins of “all Christians” or of “all mankind” are to be washed or will be forgiven of the future generations, “only by his blood”? The devout Christian may have a hard time finding an answer to this question from his Bible. Tom Harpur, a former professor of New Testament, religious editor of “The Toronto Star” and author of several books on Christian Beliefs, writes:
Perhaps I am lacking in piety or some basic instinct, but I know I am not alone in finding the idea of Jesus’ death as
atonement for the sins of all humanity on one level bewildering and on the other morally repugnant. Jesus never to my knowledge said anything to indicate that forgiveness from God could only be granted after or because of the cross. (‘For Christ’s Sake’ page 75)
In the Christian theology, the Doctrine of Atonement presupposes two important things: 1. The fall of “all men” (not only Christians) from the Grace of
God through an act of disobedience by Adam and Eve.
2. The restoration of God’s Grace for “all men” (not only Christians)
through the Blood Sacrifice of Christ.
Apostle John writes in his First Epistle:
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1/2
The above verse very clearly indicates; the Atonement of the sins was for the whole world (i.e. all mankind). In other words, if Adam’s act was sin or infirmity for mankind, Jesus’ act was its remedy or justification for mankind. If Adam’s act was a debt for mankind, Jesus’ act was its payment for mankind. If Adam’s act was offence for mankind, Jesus’ act was its satisfaction and reconciliation with God for mankind. If that happens to be the Biblical TRUTH, then the posing of the said question by a boastfully devout Christians to any non Christian, in reality, questions the FAITH of the interrogator in his/her own Bible.
JESUS MIGHTIER THAN
The misconception that Jesus is The Only Saviour makes Jesus mightier than the Almighty of the Old Testament.
THE REBUTTAL TO MY ABOVE STATEMENT posted by the answering-islam.org at their site
http://www.answering-islam.org/Responses/Meherally/meh10_0.htm reads:No it does not! Jesus said: I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. John 13:16
THANK YOU MR. CRITIC…
The above verse John 13:16 quoted by you, when read along with John 17:3, wherein Jesus himself acknowledges that he was sent by
“the only true God”, conclusively supports and logically upholds the True Islamic Belief of placing full faith and trust as “THE ALMIGHTY SAVIOUR” in the “MASTER OF JESUS” rather than in Jesus Christ, who was the Servant and Messenger, IF there is only ONE SAVIOUR.
IF for some reason the Critic Andrew Vargo insists that Jesus is his SAVIOUR, than he will have to ALSO admit that the ONE who had sent this Saviour of His, is the “GREATER SAVIOUR”. John 13:16.
The article continues…The Almighty God said to prophet Isaiah, according to the Bible:
“I, I am the LORD, and besides ME there is no saviour”
“Turn to ME and be saved, all the ends of the earth”
The first verse NEGATES the attribution of such a claim to anyone including Jesus, which the Righteous Jesus never made during his ministry, as mentioned earlier. The DISBELIEF in the second verse by any devout Christian would clearly indicate that he (or, she) is advocating or professing the following:
a) The Almighty God did not know the coming of “Jesus the Saviour”
before the ends of the earth. In other words; the Almighty Erred.
b) Anyone who wishes to be saved by turning to the Almighty LORD,
must go via “Jesus the Saviour”. Whereas, anyone who wishes to
be saved by turning to “Jesus the Saviour” can by pass the Almighty.
Does that not make “Jesus The Only Saviour” mightier than the Almighty LORD?
“MY FATHER AND I ARE
ONE” (John 10:30) Here is my simple and straight forward question for the readers of this article who happen to be those who steadfastly and resolutely believe in ‘The Doctrine of Trinity’ and the “ONE” of the above verse to denote and signify the ‘numerical one’:
Since you happen to believe that “Father The Almighty Creator” and “Son, Christ The Jesus” are truly “ONE” and there is no pretense of piety or hypocrisy in your belief for the absolute UNITY in TRINITY, then where do you see the variance, division, contrariety or difference if “you” as a devout Christian consider Christ the Jesus to be the ONLY Saviour and if “I” as a believing Muslim consider the Almighty Creator to be the ONLY Saviour???
I hope I will now have fewer mails entreating me to read the Bible with an open mind and accept Christ the Jesus as my “ONLY” SAVIOUR. I have yet to receive a sound and reasonable answer to this question which contrast Adam and Jesus:
IF the physical death (2288-GSN, Greek ‘thanatus’), did spread to all men through the SIN of Adam (Romans 5:12), and IF the act of Jesus was indeed the payment of debt or its satisfaction and reconciliation with God and the justification and life (2222-GSN, Greek ‘zoe’) for all men, (Romans 5:18), then why are men still dying the physical death?
The existence of physical death, clearly indicates that every living person is individually answerable for his or her SINS and is not yet SAVED by the Act of Jesus. I quote below a verse from the Bible to support the above.
The person who sins shall die. A child shall not suffer for the iniquity of a parent, nor a parent suffer for the iniquity of a child; the righteousness of the righteous shall be his own, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be his own.