I compare the teachings of Paul, Jesus, & Muhammad on salvation: is it by faith or by works or both? By Paul Williams on January 3, 2021 • ( 3 ) Like this:Like Loading... Related ‹ New: What is the true teaching of Jesus about the Old Testament Law?Blogging Theology on YouTube now has over 1,000 subscribers. Here is the latest video.. ›Categories: Bible, God, Gospels, Hadith, Hell, Jesus, Muhammad
The grace part seems to be bound up with following Jesus. Forsaking wealth alone without following Jesus would gain a reward in heaven but without following Jesus it would not be sufficient for eternal life. Jesus doesn’t seem to question whether or not the man has actually kept the commandments fully. His refusal to obey Jesus strongly suggests that he had not and that he was guilty of covetousness.
I think that Jesus reply allows that it is theoretically possible that by following the law fully any man can gain eternal life:
” but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”
But he knows also that the reason why he came is that no man is without sin so that we can only be saved by grace.
Peter asks what reward would be given for those who forsake all to follow Jesus:
““Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?”
Note that he doesn’t say : “behold we have forsaken all, and kept all the commandments and followed thee, what shall we have therefore?”
But Jesus doesn’t rebuke him and tell him to keep the law instead he promises that he will inherit eternal life:
“And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”
I come to the opposite conclusion as far as Matthew 25 goes.
Salvation is not by works but by election.
The simple fact is that both the goats and the sheep have done the same works.
The difference being that the sheep did their good works for the saints, Jesus brethren, the goats didn’t.
Let me elaborate a little about that hadith in Bukhāri you mentioned in the video. I will try present an analogy of how I understand that hadith.
Let’s imagine that you have an expensive car. Then you told your son that he can (get)the car if he would work and pay you(i.e. his father) 1 million$.
However, as a (favor) from the father and out of mercy, he would consider each 1$ as 10$ (Quran 6:160.)
And if the son was loaded with debt, the father would consider each 1$ the son got, as a payment for the car and dropping the debt (Q 11:114.)
Now if the son collected 100, 000$, and he got the car, and the father was very satisfied with his son, can the son say I (earned) that car by my work alone?
Notice the works the son did is important, but the importance of his works only pays off because of the favor of his father upon him.
Also, one might say in Islām not entering Hell is the salvation. Enetring Paradise/Jannah is a further step of favor done by God to his servants.
Muslim scholars always say that anyone goes to Hell, then he has been treated /dealt with Justice. And anyone goes to Paradise, he has been treated/dealt with Mercy.
That’s why you may read some scholars in traditional works when they want to make du’aa’ against someone, they would say ( May Allah deal with him with Justice), which is a bad thing for that someone. And Allah knows best.