According to research, 72 percent of Indonesian Muslims support the application of Sharia Law in Indonesia. The same research shows that most Muslims worldwide want to see Sharia Law applied everywhere.
My Muslim friends remind me that Isa Al-Masih came, “. . . not . . . to abolish the Law . . . but to fulfill [it]” (Injil, Matthew 5:17). Isa’s purpose was to fulfill Sharia Law!
So, why do Christians focus on grace while Isa himself focused on fulfilling Religious Law (Sharia)? Answering that question may determine our eternal destiny.
The Meaning of “Fulfilling” the Law
If a motorist stops at red lights and goes on green lights, he is “fulfilling” the traffic law. If he never breaks a traffic law, “He perfectly fulfills the traffic law.”
Every good Muslim wants to “fulfill” Sharia Law. Obviously, people find it more difficult to “fulfill” religious laws than traffic laws.
The First Way to “Fulfill” Religious Law
A person who perfectly obeys every aspect of Sharia Law “fulfills” the law. The only one who had ever done this was Isa Al-Masih. “. . . [He was] a faultless (righteous, holy) son ” (Qs 19:19). Isa kept the Religious Law perfectly!
The Second Way to “Fulfill” Religious Law
If a person breaks traffic laws, he can still “fulfill” them. How? By paying the traffic “fine” for violation. When he pays that “fine,” he satisfies (fulfills) the law.
Religious people work hard to “fulfill” Sharia Law violations. How? They pay the “fine” by doing good deeds, increasing prayers and performing other religious acts.
Yet most people, in spite of accumulating merit, still feel shame and guilt for their violation of Sharia Law. If you ever feel like this, email us.
The Muslim Prophet did not believe added merit was adequate to pay the “fine” for violating Sharia Law. He said, “It is the inevitable [inescapable] decree . . . everyone one of you [my followers] will be taken to hell ” (Qs 19:71).
The Third Way to “Fulfill” Religious Law
On the cross, Isa Al-Masih made a surprising statement: “It is finished” [It is fulfilled] (Injil, John 19:30). Another translation is “Paid in full.”
In other words, Isa Al-Masih paid our “fine” for violating God’s laws by bearing our sins on the cross. Why is it so hard for religious people to accept that Isa freely paid their “fine” for law-breaking? Email us your opinion.
Isa Al-Masih “fulfilled” Sharia Law two times! He perfectly obeyed God’s Law. Then He “fulfilled” the Law by paying the “fines” for all mankind for violating God’s Law.
Therefore, by receiving God’s gift of grace, the paying of your “fine” for breaking God’s law, you can receive eternal life!
(Author – Jason Gilead)
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QUESTIONS FOR CONTEMPLATION
- Do you know anyone who has perfectly obeyed Islamic Sharia Law or any system of religious and moral law apart from Isa Al-Masih? Please explain your answer.
- Why do some people who break Sharia Law and seek forgiveness for their transgression through good works and salat, still have guilt, shame and anxiety?
- What is the fate of a person who doesn’t perfectly fulfill Sharia Law? How can the person avoid being punished by God?
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