"There's no such thing as original sin."



What to know The Islamic doctrine of "Fitra" teaches that all humans are born Muslim and without sin: other religions exist because people have left the "straight path." In Islam, no one is born with a sin nature, and Adam's fall didn't affect humanity (as Romans 5:12 teaches). Sura 1 of the Qur'an (al Fatiha) is the Islamic prayer that's ritually repeated during Salaat. This prayer is meaningless recitation to some; to others, it can become a fear-based form of begging that pours out of this doctrine. If your friend fears leaving the straight path, they may want to talk about Fitra, and this chapter may provoke it. If so, let God lead, and listen well. What to say 1. If your friend says this after reading Genesis 3 and 4, ask what they understand "original sin" to mean. The phrase doesn't appear in this passage, so that means they're hearing about this from another source. Ask your friend where they heard about original sin. A video online, an imam or mullah, a friend? Ask for them to share more about what they were told this meant. Many Muslims believe that the doctrine of original sin is a "not my fault" claim...a way of avoiding personal responsibility for sin, by laying blame on Adam. Listen well as your friend expresses their views about what this doctrine means. If their concern is that Christ-followers don't take personal responsibility for sin they commit, discuss what conviction of sin has felt like in your own life. 2. If your friend says this after having heard the Gospel, read Romans 5 together. Share that regardless of if a person believes that their own sin is tied to Adam's or not, a truth remains...we are unclean in the presence of a holy God. Jesus was given authority and power to pay for our sin. An exchange was made: he took our sin, and gave us his purity. He clothed us in his own righteousness. This authority and power came from God. Read John 10:1-21 together, along with Matthew 26. Look again at how the story of Adam and the death of Jesus are connected. Just as Adam was given a covering by God...a literal piece of clothing, made through the death of an animal...we are "clothed in righteousness" because of Christ. This covering was made through the death of the Lamb of God. Read Zechariah 3:4, Isaiah 61:10, and Revelation 3:17-20 together. Pray for your friend to have eyes to see and ears to hear.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf:  be reconciled to God. 

   

[II Corinthians 5:20]

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