Dear Muslim and Christian friends,
We all want to go to Paradise, right?
We long to go to a place of beauty and freedom from this world of sin and suffering: disease, famine, starvation, human slavery and trafficking, chid molesting, rape and other abuses of women, war, terrorism, government corruption, injustice, etc.
But how can we get to this place of ultimate peace?
How can we be justified – forgiven, justified, made clean – before a totally holy God?
Jesus – Isa al Masih – made it clear: it’s not as much about the good things that you do. It’s about the attitude and condition of your heart.
The Story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
(The Injil, The Good News of Luke, chapter 18, verses 9-14)
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Getting into Paradise.
This is what Jesus said we have to do.