The success of Islam and a large universe

Questions about God, the Bible and the Christian culture

Question: Hi! I’m a Muslim and have some questions on why I personally do not accept Christianity as the true religion of God and kindly ask for your response so I can further develop my understanding of the religion of Christianity. Thanks.

1. If Jesus was really God’s son, then why did God allow a man (Muhammad) to come into existence knowing that he will deceive about billion people? Had he not existed, the billion Muslims you see today would've obviously become Christians considering it's the closest faith to Islam and there wouldn't have been wars and chaos we are seeing today, so why did God allow Muhammad to exist if what you teach is true. That is why the majority of Muslims reject Jesus being God's son and believe Muhammad was a prophet of God?

2. This universe is so huge that it would take thousands of light-years to just cross our galaxy which is only one of the billions. Each galaxy contains over a billion stars so the chances of alien life existing are extremely high even though we cannot prove it but logically must exist. If Jesus was God's son and part of a trinity and died for our sins, then did he also die for their sins and would this disprove Christianity? Why did God create a universe so huge when we're the only creatures?

Answer: Since you’ve visited a Christian website to ask these questions, I’ll make my answers direct. I'll begin by differentiating all religions or religious ideas from Christianity, and by that, I mean true biblical Christianity, and not cultural or nominal Christianity. To become a true Christian a person must first realize that he has sinned, and that sin cannot coexist with God’s holiness. God knew that, too, of course. That’s why he (and from before the foundations of the world [1 Peter 1:20]) set in motion the redemptive plan which centers on Jesus' sacrificial death — the sinless offered as the only sacrifice that could save the sinful. One becomes a Christian by coming to the person of Jesus Christ. A person does not join a church, nor does he change his mind about ideology. He becomes born-again the instant he relies on Jesus alone for salvation. Many Christians join organized churches, of course, but that’s quite secondary. Once a person is saved, he belongs to the true Church, the Body of Jesus Christ, which is not an organization. It is an organism with Christ as the head and every member fit for service (Colossians 1:18).

What this means is that virtually all organized Christian churches have a mix of true born-again believers along with mere cultural members, and sadly, some “Christian” churches have no Christians at all among the membership! The problem comes in these types of discussions that opponents post one culture against another—and as the world stands I am not prepared to defend mere cultural Christianity against any other system. That’s not my job. My job is to testify to Jesus Christ. Anyone who relies on him for salvation will soon be in heaven. Anyone who does not will soon be in hell. There are no exceptions to the rule. So, friend, receive Jesus today! Do not let secondary issues like the possibility of life elsewhere in our vast universe, send you to hell. I’ll be praying for your salvation.

That being said, on to question 1. On some wonderful future date, God will change temporal existence forever. Even the physical world in which we now live will be radically changed. It will be made perfect by Jesus Christ. Sin will not be an issue. But until God does all that, his plan has always been for us to strive — to find truth amid the confusion. The Bible teaches that God does not remove obstacles nearly as often as he allows them to persist. That’s his method in this age. Wars and chaos are part of God’s plan. Mohammed is hardly exceptional in this. He is just one in a long list of influential falsehoods. Jesus himself taught 

Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.” (Matthew 18:7–9, ESV)  

I must assume that you do not have a deep biblical knowledge because God’s methodology concerning this is pretty basic. As you can see, with God allowing all these troubling conflicts (and since that’s his declared method) then it is non-logical to cast off true Christianity on the grounds that he allowed Mohammed to be part of his plan.

Concerning question 2, the Bible does not cover the potential for life on other worlds. Although it’s my personal opinion that none exists, there is nothing that contraindicates this in the Bible. If God created more people elsewhere, that's his business. But if he did, he did not tell us. Even the Bible is not responsible for any topics outside of its designated scope. As such, I must dismiss any notion that Jesus’ dying for them also indicates that Christianity is not true. There’s simply no logic there. Why did God make such a huge universe? To show his power, to display his handiwork, and to remove any excuses on Judgment Day (Romans 1:20; Revelation 20:12). I suspect, however, that he also did it for our entertainment.

Ok, friend, I’ll close now. It’s so easy to say yes to the person of Jesus Christ. This is not a war of cultures. There is only one objective truth in the universe: Jesus Christ.

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
(John 14:6, ESV)  

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