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Is the Qur'an saying that you must be born again?

Being born again is the transformation of the combination “body and previous thinking” to the new combination “body and new thinking”. The body remains the same before and after the transformation. Now, let’s have a look into some verses of the Qur’an which prove being born again is a concept to believe in for Muslims:

“We have decreed Death to be your common lot, and We are not to be frustrated from changing your Forms and creating you (again) in (forms) that ye know not” (Qur’an 56:60-61).

The verses are an answer to the question: “is it possible to be created in a different from combination again?” Muhammad refers many times to the Previous Scriptures. In the Gospel is written that you have to be transformed from your existing thinking to a new thinking. During this transformation, the body will be the same. The transformation inside of you is a conversion that will result into a radical revolution of lifestyle, stopping radical sins and to do God’s Will. It is very important to correctly understand this conversion. The change of thinking results in changed actions and activities. Therefore Jesus said:

“You must be born again” (John 3:7).

By your first birth you were making wrong decisions in life and committed sin. Therefore you must be made a new creature. You must be entirely different from what you were before. It is a great change made in the heart of a sinner, by the power of the Holy Spirit. It means that something is done in you, and for you, which you cannot do for yourself [1]. You may have a blessed life, but it is better for you to be sure about going to Paradise. Better not die in your sins, and lie down in sorrow, but make the decision to accept the righteous Jesus Christ who died for your sins, trust that he forgives all your sin and start a new life by following Jesus Christ. Nothing can be more frustrating than to hear from the Supreme Judge: “ I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!” (Luke 13:27).

[1] Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, John 3:7.

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