Are Muslims Saved?
While I was checking about what to put in this article considering the Muslim’s faith, as there is so very much to write concerning them, I came across this problem and perhaps it just helps show why one must accept the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. For instance, when we look at the Catholic Catechism, it states in item 841 that "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day." So let's see what the Muslims are believing to see just how accurate that statement is because the Bible tells us that much of this is in error. In Matthew 3:9 we see that those of whom professed to be of the faith of Abraham, really had nothing to brag about. It says, "and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.'" Obviously, the Catechism much like other man-made books, is not protected by the Holy Spirit and has errors in it.
In regards to what was stated above as the "adoring the one, merciful God," well, that isn't truthful either as the Muslim's god is described in the following terms as: "There is no deity except Allah. He is indivisible and absolutely transcendent. God is the Almighty, the Creator and the Sustainer of the universe, Who is similar to nothing and nothing is comparable to Him. Worship and obedience belongs to Allah and Allah alone." What about Jesus? What do the Muslims believe in with Jesus? Muslims think that Jesus was just another messenger, a prophet as Muhammad was. The Holy Qur'an, their holy book, also rejects the claim that Jesus was killed on the cross. They do believe that Mary gave birth to Jesus as a virgin, but they deny God as having a son, nor do they believe in the Trinity. Their viewpoint is as follows, "Jesus (peace be on him) was a prophet of God, not god. He was a devout servant of God Almighty. Jesus was not Lord, but a slave of God. Those who seek God will find Him in the true teachings of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be on them)."
However, the Bible does teach of a triune God and that Jesus is God, not just a glorified messenger for God. John 1:1-3 tells us that, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." and verse 14 says "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us," John 14:6 adds, "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." And the Bible clearly tells us what Jesus was here for. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief." (1 Timothy 1:15) No one can read the Scriptures without understanding that He was God and He rose again to show how He defeated sin and Satan.
Do the Muslims address the sin issue? No! The Muslims’ means of gaining access to Heaven is based upon one’s ability to do good works as seen in the following statement: "Everything we do in this world, every intention we have, every move we make, every thought we entertain, and every word we say, all are counted and kept in accurate records. On the Day of Judgment they will be brought up. People with good records will be generously rewarded and warmly welcomed to the Heaven of God, and those with bad records will be punished and cast into Hell."
The Bible, again, tells us differently as it describes this about a man heart: "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9) and that, " There is none righteous, no, not one;...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:10,23). Despite this, God's love gives us the Gospel of Grace, not of works or it would not be grace. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9) not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us" (Titus 3:5) By His shed blood, "He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5) It is the great exchange as 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us, "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" The only catch is that one must place their faith in this fact, that "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." and repeated in John 3:36, "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." In short, the whole point verifies the fact that, we know Jesus is God because He is the only one of whom died for us and was resurrected afterwords. He addressed the sin issue, not Allah or any other so called god. He has proven His deity in many of the Bible verses so we can know He is God. That is why John wrote his Gospel, "these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name." (John 20:31)
In closing there are a few points that I brought up and these mentioned are (1) the inerrancy of Scriptures only, not any catechism or Holy Qur'an, for God's word is truth. (John 17:17). (2) The depravity of man and his need for a solution to sins and (3) Jesus is God and has provided the one and only solution for addressing the sin issue. Any other "religion" regardless of its piety, holiness, or message is not going to save you. However, Scripture shows us that, "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God," (Hebrews 12:2) so we all might have the opportunity to gain salvation.
Do you know of a Muslim? Share this good News with them. For all of the rituals and devoutness in their lives would still leave them in the wrath of God, and like everyone else, they'll be lost on judgment day, unless they turn to our Lord, Jesus Christ and His plan of redemption.