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Qur'an: 29:13: Can someone bear your sins?

Because Islam is a religion after Christianity, it had to refute Christian foundations to survive. One of them is the bearing of sin for all by the sinless Jesus, the Messiah. Muslims did every possible thing to avoid that there is a ground in Islam to believe such a thing. However what is the Qur’an saying?

1. Qur’an 6:164 – Nobody can bear the sin of another

“… and no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another...” (Qur’an 6:164). Note that the Qur’an doesn’t say that it is impossible that someone will bear the burdens of another. Only that no bearer of burdens cannot do that. It paves the way that the sinless Jesus is able to bear the sin of others.

2. Qur’an 29:13 – It is possible that somebody can bear the sin of another

“But they will surely carry their [own] burdens and [other] burdens along with their burdens...” (Qur’an 29:13). Within the context it becomes clear that we have to bear our own sin and nobody can do this for us.

3. Conclusion

Qur’an 6:164 opens the way that Jesus, the Messiah died for the sins of others. Qur’an 29:13 is a denial that the sins of other can be transferred to someone else. Therefore there is a contradiction in the Qur’an.