Gospel tract for Muslims: prepared by bibles4mideast.com
The book of Torah in the Bible (Genesis) describes that Almighty God created man out of dust in His image, after His likeness and gave him life through the Word to be the overseer of all creations. He named him Adam.
God had a definite plan to glorify His name through mankind. For that He wanted man to be surrendered unto Him.
To obey each and every law of God is total surrendering. But Adam disobeyed, ate of the tree of which God commanded him not to eat. So he sinned.
Suppose you appoint a new servant for your household. He is bonded to obey your rules. Do you ever like it if he doesn’t obey your commands, moving in his own ways and making friendship with your enemies? You will fire him out immediately and will make sure that he does not get any support from your subordinates and friends.
If God was like us, He would have removed man and would not have allowed the universe to continue forever more. But our merciful God did not destroy Adam. He just cast him from the paradise as a punishment for sin and granted permission to live on earth (that is also God’s creation) and from the sweat of his face to eat. Also He promised the Messiah, Jesus, who is the Word from God, Son of (woman) Mary, illustrious in the world and hereafter as the deliverer from sin.
The Qur’an says: “Lo! the likeness of Jesus with God is as the likeness of Adam. He created him out of dust, then He said unto him: Be! and he is. (This is) the Truth from Thy Lord. (O Muhammad), so be not thou of those who waver” (Qur’an 3:59-60).
How Jesus is likeness of Adam?
Adam was created as a faultless man. The Prophet David says in the book of Zabur (Psalms): “What is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him? Yet thou hast made him little less than God, and dost crown him with glory and honor. Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the sea” (Psalms 8:4-8).
The Qur'an 2:34 says that God asked the angels to prostrate before Adam. All fell prostrate; but Iblis (Lucifer) demurred through pride, and so became Satan. Hence Satan made Adam disobedient; so he too became as a sinner. From him all the generations became under the sin.
Bible says, "And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth" (Genesis 5:3). Here we see Adam begat a son in his (Adam's) likeness and image. When Adam was created, he was in God's likeness and image (Genesis 1:26; 5:1). At that time he was crowned with glory and honour (Psalms 8:5). But when he sinned against God, he lost his glory and honour and understood he and his wife are naked (Genesis 3:7). Means, they lost the likeness of God and owned the likeness of sin. Genesis 5:3 says with the likeness of sin he begat Seth.
The Prophet David says in Zabur: “Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalms 51:5).
The Injil (The New Testament of the Bible) also says very clearly: “For there is no distinction; since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). But the same word promised a remedy too: “They are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus”.
The Qur’an says in several verses: “No burdened soul can bear another’s burden” (35:18; 39:7; 53:38).
That means only unladened souls can bear another’s burdens.
Both the Bible and the Qur’an say that Jesus was born as a faultless man. “He (Archangel Gabriel) said (to Mary): I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I may bestow on thee a faultless son” (Qur’an 19:19). The Hadith (traditions of Islam) also says that all the children of Adam are touched by Satan at their birth, except Jesus, son of Mary.
The Bible says about Jesus: “For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens” (Hebrews 7:26).
Once Jesus directly asked to the Jews, “Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? He who is of God hears the words of God; the reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God” (John 8:46).
Yes! Jesus was faultless by birth and life. He can carry the laden of sin from each one of the world.
Jesus said in the New Testament: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Prophet Yahya (John the Baptist) was borne witness of Jesus. He declared about Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).
In the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians we read: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). No doubt! Jesus took all our sins and died on the cross to give us eternal life. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses” (Ephesians 1:7).
In the letter to the Hebrews also we can see as it is: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sins which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
In the book of Qur’an Jesus said: “And (I come) confirming that which was before me of the Torah (the law of Moses), and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you. I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to God and obey me” (Qur’an 3:50).
“When Jesus came with clear proofs (of God’s sovereignty), he said: I have come unto you with wisdom, and to make plain some of that concerning which ye differ. So keep your duty to God , and obey me” (Qur’an 43:63).
What do you think? Isn’t it a must to obey Jesus by accepting him as Lord and Savior?
But the children of Israel denied Jesus, though they were the chosen people of God. They lost eternity. Because they at the time looked for a warrior king savior they were blind to the truth that Jesus Christ was that Messiah promised by their own prophets.
What about you? Accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord.