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Paul’s letter to the Galatians, chapter 2, verses 15-21

15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. 17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker. 19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
Our Shari’a is Jesus

In the Old Testament, the law is sometimes indicated as “the way”. Shari’a also means something such as “way”. The Islamic religious law is the path in the dessert that leads to the waterwell. If you are disobedient to the divine laws, you will not have a life. The shari’a is the Islamic law, based on the Kur’an and the words and the conduct of Muhammad. Like the Mosaic law, it contains instructions for both the religious and societal life. The relationship with Allah as well as mutual relationships are regulated into detail with what is compulsory, neutral, reprehensible or forbidden.

Paul the Pharisee, never said a negative word about the law in itself. Being circumcised is fine. And after Pentecost, no one is obliged to eat pork. However, without belief in Jesus Christ, obedience to old commands does not get you anywhere. Jewish Christians were not allowed to be stuck to them, gentile Christians were exempted of them. Do you want to come to God? Then believe in Jesus, he is our ‘shari’a’

The unbelieving Jews wrongly accused Paul that he was against Moses (Acts 21:21). Muslims in turn, show that they do not understand Christians when they are of the opinion that believing in Christ leads to debauchery. Is that possible when the resurrected Christ lives in you?

Even if a Muslim follows the shari’a, he will still need to await whether or not he will enter paradise. It will remain Insh’Allah: Allah willing. Are you certain of your salvation?

“I cry to you” – a song based on Psalm 130

Out of the depths, O Lord, I cry to You
O Lord my God, my life renew
To you alone my God I cry
Without your mercy I will die
To face the judgement for my sin
Would be far more than I could bear
Yet such forgiveness, Lord, You show
I’m filled with wonder, love and fear
So I shall wait upon the Lord
And rest my hope upon His Word
More than the watchmen seek the sun
My soul desires the Holy One