I had a friend recently ask me the question, “If a person accepts Christ, is baptized, and then converts to Islam, does he still go to heaven?”

That’s a tough question.  There are two schools of thought and interpretation of the Bible by Christians and I think they both end up with the same conclusion.

This is very similar to asking “if a person is once saved, are they always saved” or “can a person loose their salvation.”  There are scripture passages that can argue both cases for these questions so instead of providing all of the Scriptures, let’s just take a moment and assume that each is true.

If salvation can be lost, as the Assembly of God and other denominations believe, then person was a Christian but they lost their salvation.  They denied Christ and they are no longer going to heaven.  They have tasted the goodness of God and turned their back on Him when they became a Muslim.

If salvation is eternally secure and there is nothing you can do to loose it once you have it, as Southern Baptists and others believe, the person never really had eternal life to begin with.  Though it may have looked from outward appearances that he knew God, you cannot really know God and totally turn your back on Him, as in becoming a Muslim.  This isn’t to say that you are perfect or that Christians don’t make dumb mistakes.  It’s just that they repent when they do and return to Jesus.

I could perhaps even see a case where maybe a believer in Christ was misled, “flirted” with Islam or another religion, and was led back to the True God.  Jesus said that if we seek Him, we will find Him.

In either of these cases, a person who “converts” to Islam and never returns though they have opportunity and time, either never knew Jesus or doesn’t know Him anymore.  The result is the same.

 

 

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Heaven: Who Gets To Go?

June 16, 2016

I had a friend ask me the question, “If a person asks Christ into his life, is baptized, and then converts to Islam, does he go to heaven?”

I have to say real quick that I’m not the gatekeeper of heaven.  All I know is what the Bible says.  I believe it is God’s Word and I believe it has the answers, so that’s where I go for most answers like this.

There are actually two ways to get to heaven, according to the Bible.  Before you burn me at the stake, hear me out.

2 Ways To Heaven

  1.  Perfection:  This is the first way to get to heaven.  If you’re perfect, you get to go!  Yay!  Now here’s the bad news…only Jesus was perfect.  Everyone else has been born into sin so they aren’t perfect.  Even the best person that you can think of was born into sin so that rules the first option out.
  2. Jesus:  The Bible says that the wages of sin is death.  Jesus also said, “I am THE way, THE truth, and THE life.  NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER BUT THROUGH ME.”  (John 14:6)  The one perfect person is the only one that could pay the debt for our sin and Jesus did that.  He offers eternal life to us as a gift.    All we have to do is admit that we’re sinners (Romans 3:23), believe in our hearts that Jesus paid our price and was raised from the dead (Romans 10:9-10), and give our life to Him.

The question now is, “can a Muslim go to heaven? ”  A Muslim believes that Jesus was a prophet, not the Savior.  He believes that Muhammad is the greatest prophet.  Muslims do not believe that Jesus should be worshipped and most believe that Jesus didn’t die on the cross.  Their faith is in Allah and they have to please Allah and keep his commandments to be saved.

Even though there are some good Muslims who are neighbors, just like there are other good people, the Bible says that the way to God is narrow and only a few will enter through it.  I didn’t make this stuff up.  It’s above my pay grade.  I can only go by what God’s Word says.

If we don’t follow Jesus, we spend eternity away from God.

For the second part of my friend’s question, check out my next blog post.