Rather, each person will die for his own sins. The teeth of the person who eats the sour grapes will themselves grow numb. – Jeremiah 31:30
Muslims argue that this verse proves that Jesus couldn’t have died for our sins as Christians believe. This of course, after ignoring the entire New Testament and some prophecies from the Old Testament (Isaiah 53; Psalm 22), that Jesus came to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21)
It amazes me how far Muslims would go to discredit the Bible without knowing what it actually teaches. To know what Jeremiah is saying here, we have to know the law. What does the law say? Let’s see:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me – Exodus 20:5
Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. – Exodus 34:7
(See Leviticus 20:5; Numbers 14:18; 1Kings 21:29; Jeremiah 2:9; Ezekiel 18:1-4; Isaiah 39:6-8 for more)
It is clear what the law says, that the Lord would punish the children for their fathers’ sins.
See Isaiah 39:6-8 for example, 39:6 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD. 39:7 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. 39:8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.
But out of His goodness, He said in Jeremiah 31:30, no more the children would be punished for their fathers’ sins. Meaning the fathers will be punished for their own sins. That’s what Jeremiah meant, namely, that children were punished for their fathers’ mistakes; NOT that they were killed as sacrifice for their father’s sins. How could they when their fathers are dead any way. Sacrifice was/is meant for the living, not for the dead. Jesus’ death is for us who are alive today, not for the dead.
By the way, Jesus did not die for His family alone, He died for all men (Mark 10:45).
Calling for Muslims and anyone who isn’t born again to accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ in and over their lives –Jesus died for your sins!