This webpage shows that Gabriel foretold the future to Daniel. And Jesus has accurately foretold the future of the Jewish people. The biblical message appears to come from outside time-space (at a high confidence level). And the Bible claims to be the one and only spiritual message from outside time-space. If the Bible did not foretell the future, then its message could be ignored. But this is not the case. So it is important to understand the central message as taught by Jesus the Messiah.
You must first understand that God loves you. This is the message of the New Testament in a nutshell. And God has made a perfect way for you to know him and to have eternal life because Jesus died on the cross. It is guaranteed. Consider only five words from the New Testament.
"God who justifies the wicked" (Romans 4:5: NIV).
That is why Jesus died on the cross. To make sinful people righteous and give them eternal life. Please understand that God wants to make you righteous. This righteousness comes from God only through Jesus Christ, not from youself. There is no such thing as a perfect human being. The Apostle Paul wrote of God's righteousness that is given to humans as a free gift. "God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them" (2 Corinthians 5:19).
". . . God made him who had no sin (Jesus on the cross) to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:19, 21: NIV).
The message is clear. God makes a wicked person into a righteous person only through Jesus the Messiah. To most humans, this does not make sense. All other religions teach that you work to become righteous before God. You earn your way to heaven. How holy can a human become? Will you ever become so righteous that God will accept you? This brings to mind a warning that Jesus gave to people who thought they were righteous.
Jesus said, ". . . unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:20).
Another parable by Jesus begins with similar ideas.
"To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else" (Luke 18:9).
Who were the Pharisees and Scribes? They were people who lived holy lives based on a set of rules. But Jesus said that human righteousness is not good enough to get into heaven. To be "good" enough requires that your sin be completely removed from you. Jesus died on the cross to take the penalty for your personal sins. By placing your faith in the Messiah, Jesus, you are made completely pure and clean to God. Just like you never sinned, ever! Each human that places his faith in Jesus is given righteousness from God. In fact, it is called the righteousness of God in 2 Corinthians 5:19, 21 (see Scripture above).
That is why Gabriel's message to Daniel about Messiah being killed is so important. Jesus took to himself the guilt and sin of the entire world. God wants to have a personal relationship with you. If you want to know how to enter this type of relationship, please click here. Does this mean that I can be a Christian and live a life of sin? The answer is no. All biblical authors write about repenting of sin. Consider Jesus words about the entire Christian message. "Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, "This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem" (Luke 24:45-47).
But a person may reply, "I can't live a perfect life!" God accepts this response. This is what John wrote to Christians who could not live perfect lives (meaning everyone).
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:1-2).
No human being is perfect. The ideal Christian life is to place your faith in Jesus alone. And to walk daily with the Lord. Do not sin. But when you sin, ask to be forgiven. Your relationship with God will grow despite your weaknesses and human failures. So let's look into Muslim misgivings about the Christian faith. These have been divided into several key topics on the following pages.
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