James White explains the gospel, in one of his debates with Sammy Zaatari. ( I cannot figure out which debate this was from. It does not look like the 2 that I know about that are on the internet)
Islam denigrates the holiness of God; exalts the ability of man to work his way to God; makes light of our own sins; twists the meaning of the cross and atonement as the Father forcing Jesus to pay for our sins when the truth is Jesus took our sins voluntarily. (Mark 10:45; John 10:18)
Here is the Hadith that was referenced:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: The Prophet said, “Amongst the men of Bani Israel there was a man who had murdered ninety-nine persons. Then he set out asking (whether his repentance could be accepted or not). He came upon a monk and asked him if his repentance could be accepted. The monk replied in the negative and so the man killed him. He kept on asking till a man advised to go to such and such village. (So he left for it) but death overtook him on the way. While dying, he turned his chest towards that village (where he had hoped his repentance would be accepted), and so the angels of mercy and the angels of punishment quarrelled amongst themselves regarding him. Allah ordered the village (towards which he was going) to come closer to him, and ordered the village (whence he had come), to go far away, and then He ordered the angels to measure the distances between his body and the two villages. So he was found to be one span closer to the village (he was going to). So he was forgiven.”
Sahih Al Bukhari (Volume 4, book 56, no. 676)
It is amazing to me that anyone thinks that is a compelling story of the mercy of God. The justice and holiness of God is trampeled upon, and physical things like traveling, and the distance of land between cities are somehow an indication of sincerity?
Furthermore, Islam claims that man can actually be sincere in his heart. The truth is no one is righteous or sincere and only by Christ’s death and by the Holy Spirit changing our hearts can we even begin to be sincere in our repentance. We need a need new heart. (Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 3:1-21) Also, angels are not mediators because they did not become human, as Jesus did become human and truly took our sins. (John 1:14, Philippians 2:5-8; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21)