Fact a Day: April 23rd - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: April 23rd

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 17-23

What does Islam teach about salvation?


Because the Koran teaches that, “The true religion with God is Islam”* this means for the Muslim that salvation is achieved only through submission to the teachings of Allah. Thus, salvation in Islam requires one must be a member of the Islamic faith. “Whoso desires another religion than Islam, it shall not be accepted of him; in the next world he shall be among the losers.”* Thus: “But those who disbelieve, and die disbelieving—upon them shall rest the curse of God and the angels, and of men altogether, there indwelling forever; the chastisement shall not be lightened for them; no respite shall be given them.”*

But, what exactly does the Muslim believe about salvation? Below we present four basic teachings that reveal what Islam teaches about salvation.

A. Islam teaches that forgiveness is conditioned upon good works and Allah’s choice of mercy.

B. Islam teaches that Jesus Christ was neither crucified nor resurrected; therefore salvation cannot possibly be had through faith in Jesus Christ.

C. The concept of the loving God of the Bible is difficult for the Muslim to accept.

D. Muslim salvation is fatalistic.

*For documentation, see The Facts on Islam.


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