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This is the first in the series of three posts about the Christian concept of salvation through the cross.
The second post would be "Did Jesus Christ willingly go on the cross?"
The third post would be "Was Jesus Christ really crucified?"
In this post we will analyze if this concept is anyhow in accordance with Bible, logic and justice.

The Christian Cross

Almost everyone would be familiar with verse of the Bible always quoted by Christian missionaries.
"The soul that sinneth, it shall die"(Ezekiel 18:4 & 20)
These Christian missionaries do NOT to complete the verse, neither quote the very next verse, but they rather jump 500 years to quote John(self proclaimed disciple of Jesus Christ) saying
"All have sinned."(Romans 3:23)
Then they try to prove that since every soul has sinned and that is why Jesus has to be crucified to free every soul from its sins and especially from the original sin.
I can challenge that there would hardly be any Christian, who knows the complete verses (Ezekiel 18:4 & 20). Almost every believing Christian knows the half verse, but does NOT know the full verse.
 Lets see what is so dangerous in these verses that the missionaries avoid them so skilfully.

"The soul that sinneth, it shall die. But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right" (Ezekiel 18:4-5)

So according to verse 5, the very next verse, the soul should be just and do the lawful and right things and the soul will NOT die because the word "BUT" clearly states the vice-versa of "it shall die", which means in verse 5 that after being just and doing the lawful and right the soul shall NOT die then the sinful soul should be just and do the lawful and right to avoid its death rather than crucifying Jesus for his sins.
The Bible also says;

"The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him."(Ezekiel 18:20)

This verse (when quoted completely) proves that the father is NOT responsible for the sins of the son and son is NOT responsible for the sins of the father. So there is NOTHING like original sin and in the same way Jesus Christ can NOT bear the iniquity of anybody(can NOT pay for their sins).

Is this concept logical?
Would a master kill his loved one or son for the mistakes of his servants?
NO certainly NOT!
It would be illogical and God can NOT be illogical. Since God is all powerful he can simply forgive his servants if He wants without any of this.

Is it just and merciful?
Suppose, it someone raped your mother(GOD FORBID) and the rapist believes that Jesus Christ paid for his sins. So according to this logic God will forgive him and NOT hold him accountable for this rape. Would it be just on the part of God? Certainly NOT and God can NOT be unjust.

The concept of salvation through the cross even goes against the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Because Jesus Christ NEVER told anybody to believe that he paid for their sins NOT even after his SO-CALLED resurrection.

Jesus Christ in fact taught the exact opposite of this
Consider the following incident mentioned in the Bible:
"And behold, one came and said unto him, ‘Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?’ And he said unto him, ‘Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.’ " [The Bible, Mathew 19:16-17]

Jesus Christ also said in the Bible
"Think not that I have come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I have not come to destroy, but to fulfil.For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." [Matthew 5:17-18]

So according to Jesus Christ in order to attain salvation one should keep the commandment and the first and most important commandment that one should at least follow to attain salvation is mentioned by mentioned by both Moses in Deuteronomy 6:4 and Jesus Christ  and in the Gospel of Mark 12:29
"Shama Israelu Adonai Ila Hayno Adonai Ikhad."
This is a Hebrew quotation, which means:
"Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord."

About Liaqat Qazi

Student of BA in Islamic Studies at the Islamic Online University. Can be reached at @LiaqatQazi
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