Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels
by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din
Jesus did not Teach the Doctrine of Atonement: Repentance Procures Paradise
Jesus reposed full belief in the fact, as is borne out by the following verses, that a man could inherit paradise by having recourse to repentance and remorse:
“Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him” (Matthew, 21:31–32).
Jesus has stated here in clear words that repentance is such a sure and sovereign remedy that it would prove efficacious for any and every ailing person in every age. John the Baptist tried this effective cure with the result that the publicans and the harlots entered the kingdom of God.