Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels

by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din

Jesus did not Teach the Doctrine of Atonement: God is Pleased with Those Who Repent

Jesus (peace be on him) further said: Just as a shepherd, recovering one lost sheep, becomes happy and pleased:

“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just per­sons, which need no repentance” (Luke, 15:7).

It is obvious from these quotations that Jesus believed in the universal fact that healthy and the “whole” persons exist along with the sick, and the sinners side by side with the righteous, and that just as the healthy and the “whole” stand in no need of a physician, likewise the righteous need no repentance. Jesus also says that a sinner is healed with repentance and that when a sinner repents, there is joy in heaven over this act of the sinner.