Greetings, friends. If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I was going through something of a spiritual crisis as regards my relationship with the religion of Islam. The crisis was caused as I read Surah 4:116, which says the following:
God does not forgive the worship of others beside Him — though He does forgive whoever He will for lesser sins — for whoever does this has gone far, far astray.Surah 4:116
I was terrified that because I used to worship Jesus as God, I had committed an unforgivable sin. However, I am encouraged today, largely thanks to reader of this blog Andrew Blair, who pointed out another scripture from the Qur’an to me:
Say, [‘God says], my servants who have harmed yourselves by your own excess, do not despair of God’s mercy. God forgives all sins: He is truly the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.Surah 39:53
Andrew rightly emphasised that God says He forgives ALL sins, and he also shared another scripture which is relevant:
Those people who say God is the third of three are defying [the truth]: there is only One God. If they do not stop what they are saying, a painful punishment will afflict those of them who persist. Why do they not turn to God and ask for His forgiveness, when God is most forgiving, most merciful?Surah 5:73-74
Soon after I read the Qur’an properly for the first time, I repented of my worship of Jesus. I had always struggled to understand the concept of the Trinity, but I went along with it, because that’s what the majority of Christians do. But I did repent. And again, today, I repented. So because of the two surahs I have quoted directly above, I have a renewed hope that I am accepted by God.
In yesterday’s post, I said “God is not a monster” and I do believe this. The Qur’an is a stern Scripture, but strongly emphasises that God is most forgiving and merciful to those who repent, do good deeds, and worship Him alone.
As a closing note, I wanted to highlight that my short book Discovering the Qur’an is available for free as an eBook. The book also has a paperback edition (available from Amazon). The book is based on the notes I made as I read Abdel Haleem’s translation of the Qur’an for the first time having come from a Christian background. If you’d like to read the book, you can click here to view a retailer choice page and download the book to read on any device.
Better still, read Abdel Haleem’s translation of the Qur’an. It is truly wonderful.