The laws of the bible are the bedrock of western civilization. They are incompatible with and diametrically opposed to the honour and enmity based laws of Islam

Leviticus 19 v 11 Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. 12 And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning. 14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.

15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. 16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.

17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. 18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

This is the royal law, mentioned in the book of James:

chapter 2 v 8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

And Jesus quoted this law in response to a questioner:

The Greatest Commandment

(Deuteronomy 6:1-19; Matthew 22:34-40)

Mark 12 v 28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Our neighbour is anyone with whom we come in to contact.

The royal law mandates the caring for and the protecting of your neighbour. It is taken for granted that everyone takes care of and protects his own life and limb. Everyone without exception nourishes and cherishes his physical body and is watchful to ensure with numerous precautions that no harm comes to it. The royal law commands us to do this for our neighbour with exactly the same care and attention with which we do it for ourselves, even if it means putting our own lives in jeopardy.

Sharia law reverses this and commands muslims as a minimum not to give love or friendship to non-Muslims, or at the other extreme to actually fight and kill them, both forms of obedience being for the benefit and advancement of Islam. Thus the minimum compliance with Sharia would consist of withholding any form of goodness or love from the non-Muslim, except informing him of his obligation to submit to Sharia and Mohammed and warning him of the dire consequences of refusing to do so. However Mohammed and Allah would prefer a greater measure of devotion to the cause which reaches its apex in fighting and killing non-Muslims in the fullest possible measure of obedience, according to the commands and promises of rewards contained in the Koran.

The royal law also mandates forgiving our neighbour for any offense he has committed against us and not taking revenge upon him. This would entail that if he has insulted us we forgive him and we let the matter drop:

18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

Sharia reverses this because of the example of the prophet Mohammed and the honour-based culture which the islamic prophet exemplifies. The concept of the prophet in Islam is a man who must be treated with the utmost respect and reverence. The prophet is the ideal man in Islam. Everybody respects, fears and submits to him. This is the ideal to which the Muslim man aspires, whether as an individual or collectively in the form of a caliphate; the strong man who compels everyone to obey him with whatever degree or kind of force is necessary. The most effective way to compel submission in human society was and always will be the threat of violence inducing a condition of terror. This is legitimized and sanctioned in Sharia law. If a Muslim male is insulted his honour is impugned and he is put to shame in view of his peers. He must reinstate his place of honour and societal respect, redress the imbalance and put things to right, restoring everything to its rightful place or relation and reinstating the right order of things. Otherwise his peers will slander, accuse and mock him for not having his house in order. The group or collective image or reputation is much more important than the life or wellbeing of any single person in an islamic society. This is the dynamic behind honour killings. This loss of face and vulnerability to shame and slander is much more important and weighs much more than the loss of life or wellbeing of the person who causes it. He or she becomes an unclean criminal and outcast who only deserves to be killed, if they do not repent. The God of the bible contradicts this through his laws. To him human life is sacrosanct to be placed above the value of any potential loss of reputation and honour that could be suffered by any human being.

The royal law of love excludes the very thought of violence and makes it impossible to justify its use in the context of a violation of a lawful and proper right to be honoured and respected, however humiliating this might be to those who have been insulted. It is God’s will that we forgive in accordance with the royal law of love.

Matthew 7 v 12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 

But as we have seen it is not the law and the prophets of Islam; especially the last or first, depending on your viewpoint, prophet of Islam, namely Mohammed.

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One Response to The laws of the bible are the bedrock of western civilization. They are incompatible with and diametrically opposed to the honour and enmity based laws of Islam

  1. θ says:

    One of Qur’anic verses where the word “Shari’ah” is mentioned by Qur’an is Q.5, v.48, wherein Shari’ah is associated with the principle of “righteousness” (Arabic: Khayr) and competition or improvement (Arabic: Fastabiq) to the better and greater levels. Each Scripture-based faith has the appointed righteousness or its own Shari’ah. For instance, in the Gospel the greater love is the choice of laying down the life for friends.

    However, due to ignorance, mostly Non-Moslems don’t know that the penal code known as Hudud is not synonymous with Shari’ah, hence they wrongly turn to oppose the righteousness and improvement.

    Even as the law-enforcement the Hudud itself also has the options per Q.5, v.33 indicating improvement of penalty, and the most bloodless one is just imprisonment or banishment for criminals just like that of the Modern civilisation.

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