Correspondence: Christianity or Islam (Part 2)
Human Birth; Salvation
by Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, Islamia College, Lahore
The Light (Pakistan), 1st March 1923 Issue (Vol. 2, No. 5, p. 3)
[Related: Part 1]
In my last [article] I pointed out two main differences between Christianity and Islam. In the present article, I intend to write a few lines about two more points, wherein these two religions are opposed to each other.
3. Human birth:
Human birth, whether sinful or sinless, is another chief point of difference between Christianity and Islam. Every child is sinful at the time of his birth, and sin is his inherent property, is the cardinal doctrine of Christianity, upon which stands all the superstructure and the framework of this religion. The well-known doctrine of atonement takes its origin from this principle. Sin simply means the violation of the laws, and hence sinful birth means inability to follow a law, which in itself is an absurd thing.
Islam, on the other hand, says that every human child gets a sinless birth, and is quite innocent when he comes into this world. He is free from the bondage of sin. It is through his own actions that he becomes sinful. It is the violation of the laws that makes him so.
The fourth point of difference is that of salvation. From the Christian point of view, atonement is the key to salvation. Believe in the ‘Blood of Jesus’ and you get a passport to heaven.
On the contrary, in Islam, salvation depends upon good actions. ‘Good actions based upon right principles’ is the condition for salvation. Righteous deeds form an indispensable part for the attainment of our goal. Obedience to the commandments of Allah, and love, and sympathy for his fellow-beings is the way to heaven.
In short, according to Christianity, man is born sinful, and hence he is apt to sin, and in order to attain Salvation he must believe in atonement; that is, Jesus’ death on cross; while on the other hand, according to Islam, every child gets a sinless birth. Right actions based upon right principle is the way to success in this life and in the hereafter.
Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah