Salvation

in the

Major World Religions


The word Salvation signifies deliverance from actual trouble or threatening danger. Salvation is the gift of God given by a covenant with man where God acts by grace to save man from the slavery and evil effects of sin.

Only in Christianity is this path of Salvation made clear by God's covenant with man through Jesus Christ who is the sacrifice of God for the sins of the whole world. Jesus said in John chapter three verses fourteen to twenty two,

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. 22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

Hinduism though originating from Christianity, is lost in Pantheism because of the infiltration of philosophies such as Monism and Cycle of Birth. These destructive philosophies are also found in the New Age Movement, and this movement is destroying the Church in the western world today. Buddhism evolved under the influence of Christianity with the suffering Bodhisattva into Mahayana Buddhism, but also lost clarity due to syncretism.

Salvation, according to Islam1, is obtained by complete surrender to God, and this thought is also seen in Hinduism in the doctrine of 'Bakthi Marga'. However this is not all, the Ka'bah in Saudi Arabia is linked to forgiveness of sins which is an essential part of Salvation.

"Every Muslim who makes the pilgrimage is required to walk around the Ka'bah seven times, during which process he kisses and touches the Black Stone, which according to tradition was given to Adam on his expulsion from paradise in order to obtain forgiveness of his sins. When the month of pilgrimages (Dhu al-Hijjah) is over, a ceremonial washing of the Ka'bah takes place; religious officials as well as pilgrims take part." 2

Scholars have correlated the Ka'bah worship to the Sivalinga or memorial stone worship in Hinduism, and these practices are certainly similar.

The Arabian character of Islam is quite evident today, and when Muhammad bade Muslims to face Medina instead of Jerusalem, they were readier to support him. The Arabs are essentially descendants of Ishmael and for centuries they had strong resentment against the descendants of Isaac, God's covenant son of Abraham. In Muhammad and his preaching, his followers saw the opportunity to promote themselves. However, Islam is based on a wrong foundation since the bibliographical evidence clearly shows that Isaac is God's covenant son of Abraham.

However, the true way to inherit the promise to Abraham is shown in the Bible

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:27-29)

Jesus said,

I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.

References

1 'The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam', by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Quadian

2 Encyclopedia Britannica (Micropedia Vol V, 1982)


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