One critique that Muslims often make of Christianity is that the Bible says sin is okay because the Bible doesn’t hide man’s sin. It is true that the Bible tells many stories of godly men who sinned. But these stories are not told to encourage sin. They are told to show how God hates and overcomes men’s sins.
The Bible tells the true story of people. In it we are able to see people who are just like us. The Bible doesn’t leave out things that are difficult or sinful, but tells about life as it really is. The Bible states that “there is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10).
Understanding that people in the Bible are like us gives us hope. We don’t have to become perfect people in order for God to love us or before we can come to God. God loves us no matter who we are or what we’ve done!
The Quran also states that the prophets sinned. Abraham, Noah, and Moses all asked God for forgiveness of their sins. In Qs 26:82, Abraham says, “Forgive me my sin on the Day of Judgment.”
David is a prime example. In I Samuel 13:1, the prophet Samuel told Saul that God had rejected him as king over Israel. Samuel said, “The LORD has sought out a man (another man) after His own heart and appointed him leader of His people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.”
That man was David. David became king over Israel after Saul died. He tried to follow God and lead his country in a godly manner. But just like every other man, David was sinful, and he fell into sin.
II Samuel 11 tells the story of David and Bathsheba. While Israel was at war, David stayed behind. He saw Bathsheba, the wife of one of his soldiers, while she was bathing. He asked to have her brought to him. He slept with her. She became pregnant. David tried to cover up his sin by having her husband killed. He wanted to marry her. This was a horrible sin.
Many do not understand how David could be called “a man after God’s own heart.” But he is called this because of the way he dealt with his sin and because of his desire to please God.
The prophet Nathan approached David and told him that God saw David’s sin and held him accountable. David mourned his sin and asked God to forgive him. David’s remorse is seen in Psalm 51. “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight” (Zabur/Psalms 51:2-4).
God does not love sin. He hates and judges sin, but He loves the sinner. One proof of His love is that Isa Al-Masih, through Mary, is a descendant of David, even though David sinned. There is no one whose sin is so great, including David’s, which cannot be forgiven by God.
In Jesus Christ, there is always hope! There is forgiveness for every sinful person. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Injil, Romans 6:23).
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