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Islam: The
Complete Way of Life?

Summary

As understood by Muslims, the life and sayings of Muhammad are
the final revelation of Allah’s will for human conduct. For
them, Muhammad is the perfect revealed standard for all human
activity, and Muslims believe that Islam to be the only complete
Way of Life. The table below seeks to capture this concept by
showing that all aspects of a Muslim’s life are subsumed under
the authority of Muhammad’s sayings and behavior. First, Table 1
is titled, Muhammad: Human Rights and Duties, to indicate that,
according to Islam, Muhammad has defined all human rights and
duties. Second, because Muslims believe that no one has
knowledge of Allah’s will apart from Muhammad’s Sunnah and
Qur’an, Muhammad (dark-green bar) comes between Allah (dark-blue
bar) and the list of the Human Rights and Duties. This
illustrates that Allah and his will are unknown except through
Muhammad and his revelations. The Universal Islamic Declaration
of Human Rights states too that all human rights and duties are
based on Qur’an and Sunnah of Muhammad. In brief, Muslims
believe Muhammad is the Complete Way of Life.

The Universal Islamic
Declaration of Human Rights is based on the Qur’an and the
Sunnah and has been compiled by eminent Muslim scholars, jurists
and representatives of Islamic movements and thought.1

Table 1. Muhammad: Human Rights
and Duties

Allah

Muhammad

Qur’an and Sunnah

Human Rights and Duties

Individual

An individual must seek Allah as taught by Muhammad in the
Qur’an and Sunnah.

Marriage

Marriage is between a Muslim man and a woman who is either a
Muslim or a woman of the Book, meaning a Jew or Christian. A
Muslim woman cannot marry a non-Muslim man. The roles of the
husband and wife are defined by Muhammad.

Family

A husband and wife have the duty to nurture their children as
taught by Muhammad.

Social

Individuals have the duty to participate in associations as
taught by Muhammad.

National

Individuals have the equal right to participate in a nation’s
affairs as taught by Muhammad.

Economic

Individuals have the equal right to work, so they can provide
for their needs as taught by Muhammad.

Legal

Individuals have the equal right to protection under the law as
taught by Muhammad.

Religious

An individual has the right to choose the religion of his
choice, because the individual stands alone before Allah on the
Last Day of Judgment as taught by Muhammad.

Allah: A Way of Life

Summary

From a Christian perspective, all natural human rights and
duties are from Allah, and they are defined by creation, reason,
and conscience. Worldwide humans have a direct responsibility to
Allah, because everyone sees the order of creation, and they
have a rational mind and a moral conscience that discerns
between good and evil. They are not dependent upon prophetic
revelation to know proper moral conduct. This is why Table 2 is
titled, Allah: Human Rights and Duties, because Allah’s will can
be directly discerned by the mind and conscience on matters of
human rights and duties. As can been seen, there is no prophet
(dark-green bar) blocking the knowledge of Allah’s will on
matters that can be naturally known by the human mind. The basic
rights and duties of each person flow directly from Allah
(dark-blue bar) to the individual and his rights and duties
(light-blue section)

Likewise, the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations affirms in the
first article that human rights are based on reason, conscience,
and our common human brotherhood, i.e., we all belong to the
family of Adam and Eve.

Article 1. All human beings
are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed
with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in
a spirit of brotherhood.2

The unique and proper role
of a prophet is to convey truth that goes beyond what a human
can discover without divine assistance. For example, the
knowledge of heaven, salvation, hell, angels, and future events
require the office of a prophet. Hence, the light-green bar
designates the proper, but limited, role of a prophet. In
summary, Christians believe that Allah is the Complete Way of
Life.

Table 2. Allah: Human Rights
and Duties

Allah

(Creation, Reason, & Conscience)

Human Rights and Duties

Individual It is an individual’s primary responsibility to seek
Allah according to his own conscience.

Marriage

Marriage is a covenant of love between a man and woman that is
ordained by Allah for human happiness and progeny. It is a
covenant according to nature that exists between a couple and
Allah.

Family

A husband and wife have the right to nurture their children as
they see their joint responsibility before Allah.

Social

Individuals have the equal right to participate in associations
of their choice.

National

Individuals have the equal right to participate in a nation’s
affairs.

Economic

Individuals have the equal right to work, so they can provide
for individual needs.

Legal

Individuals have the equal right to protection under the law.

Religious

An individual has the right to choose the religion of his
choice, because the individual stands alone before Allah on the
Last Day of Judgment.

Prophet

Allah has sent prophets, apostles, and messengers to warn,
encourage, and reveal truth that could not be discovered by
human investigation and reason, such as salvation and future
events. A true prophet’s moral messages needs to correspond to
creation, reason, and conscience.

Muhammad: Human Rights &
Duties

As noted above from a Muslim’s perspective, all human rights and
duties were defined by Muhammad in the Qur’an and Sunnah.
According to Muslim tradition, the angel Gabriel (Jibril)
revealed to Muhammad the words of the Qur’an, the holy book of
Islam. In addition, Muhammad’s the life and behavior themselves
were a revelation to be obeyed. The rules of conduct that are
derived from his life and behavior are termed, the Sunnah. It
means “a normative way of acting, conduct, practice, usage,
rule, course, institution and behaviour.”3 The Hadith is a
written record of the Sunnah of Muhammad. Ahmad Hasan wrote,

In fact hadith is the
narration of the sayings, doings, and tacit approvals of the
Prophet (peace be on him), while sunnah is the rule of law
conveyed through the hadith. Hadith is a vehicle which conveys
the sunnah of the Prophet. Hence one hadith may contain many
sunnahs. Here sunnah means rule of law, practice, or model
conduct of the Prophet (peace be on him), which is contained in
a hadith.4

The Qur’an states that
Muhammad is “a beautiful pattern (of conduct).” As a result,
Muslims believe that Muhammad is the ideal prototype of a
perfect man, and Muslims look to his sayings and behavior for
guidance in their day-to-day lives. Muslims believe that all
hope in Allah and the Final day finds its answer in Muhammad.
For a Muslim, Muhammad’s glory and light are brighter far than
Allah’s light and glory that are displayed to reason and
conscience by creation.

Ye have indeed in the
Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one
whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much
in the Praise of Allah. Sura Al-Ahzab 33:21 (Yusuf Ali’s
translation)

لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي
رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ
وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا. سورة الأحزاب
٣٣‏:٢١

Seyyed Hossein Nasr
explained this ayah with these words,

The prophet of Islam is
considered by Muslims to have been the most perfect of men, in
fact the most noble and perfect of all of Allah’s creation,
ashraf al-makhluqat. Allah bestowed upon him all the virtues and
all the perfections which the human state is capable of
possessing. As the Noble Qur’an states, he did not acquire the
state of prophethood by himself but was chosen by Allah;
furthermore, all of the virtues became perfectly actualized in
him. Therefore, he is seen by Muslims as the perfect model for
human life to imitate. He is the perfect or universal man, al-insan
al-kamil and the Quran itself refers to him as the example to be
emulated in the verse, “Verily in the Messenger of Allah ye have
a good example” (XXXIII:21).5

According to Muhammad, if a
person wants to obey Allah, the person must obey Muhammad,
because obeying him is the same thing as obeying Allah. Muhammad
is on par with Allah. It is important to note that Muslim
literature prefers to use Allah instead of Muhammad, even though
they are equally to be obeyed. As a term, Allah seems more
authoritative than Muhammad, so Allah is more frequently used in
their literature, because it carries more psychological impact.
However, it is vital to remember that, when a Muslim claims that
Allah has commanded something, it was really Muhammad who
commanded it.

He who obeys the Messenger,
obeys Allah. Sura An-Nisa 4:80

مَّنْ يُطِعِ الرَّسُولَ
فَقَدْ أَطَاعَ اللّهَ. سورة النساء ٤ : ٨٠

In the Qur’an, Muhammad has
total control over the minds and wills of Muslims. Because, if
they don’t submit in total faith to him and all of his
decisions, they don’t have real faith, and they will become fuel
for the flames (al-Nar) of hell. So, Muslims must diligently
study every minute aspect of Muhammad’s human life to be
confident they are following his perfect and beautiful example.
A Muslim cannot think for himself on anything that Muhammad has
expressed a definite opinion without facing the dangers of hell.

But no, by the Lord, they
can have no (real) Faith, until they make thee judge in all
disputes between them, and find in their souls no resistance
against Thy decisions, but accept them with the fullest
conviction. Sura An-Nisa 4:65

فَلاَ وَرَبِّكَ لاَ
يُؤْمِنُونَ حَتَّىَ يُحَكِّمُوكَ فِيمَا شَجَرَ بَيْنَهُمْ ثُمَّ
لاَ يَجِدُواْ فِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَرَجًا مِّمَّا قَضَيْتَ
وَيُسَلِّمُواْ تَسْلِيمًا. سورة النساء ٤ : ٦٥

It is not fitting for a
Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah
and His Messenger to have any option about their decision: if
any one disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a
clearly wrong Path. Sura Al-Ahzab 33:36.

وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلَا
مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَمْرًا أَن يَكُونَ
لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ وَمَن يَعْصِ اللَّهَ
وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا مُّبِينًا. سورة الأحزاب ٣٣ :
٣٦

Like a carpenter who
patterns an idol according to the beauty of a man, so Muslims
pattern their life and Shari’ah after a man, the man Muhammad.
It is idolatry.

{Another} shapes wood, he
extends a measuring line; he outlines it with red chalk. He
works it with planes, and outlines it with a compass, and makes
it like the form of a man, like the beauty of man, so that it
may sit in a house. Isaiah 44:13 (NAS)

Finally, Sura Al-Maeda 5:50
condemns those who appeal to the judgments of the times prior to
Muhammad. Effectively, Muhammad swept aside all prior
jurisprudence, and he established himself as the sole source of
the knowledge of Allah’s legal will for humanity. All prior
judicial knowledge and experience were brushed aside and
replaced with his own ideas of justice. He asked, “Who can give
better judgment than Allah?,” meaning that he equated his
judgments with the final judgments of Allah for the world until
the Last Day.

Do they then seek after a
judgment of (the days of) ignorance? But who, for a people whose
faith is assured, can give better judgment than Allah? Sura
Al-Maeda 5:50

أَفَحُكْمَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ
يَبْغُونَ وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ مِنَ اللّهِ حُكْمًا لِّقَوْمٍ
يُوقِنُونَ. سورة المائدة ٥ : ٥٠

In summary, according to
Muslims, the Qur’an and Sunnah of Muhammad are the sole source
of righteous guidance in this life. Whatever Muhammad said or
did regarding the duties of the individual, marriage, family,
society, employment, government, and religion are now the duties
of every man, woman and child on the face of the earth. All
other religions and their respective laws and sacred texts have
been abrogated, and Muhammad’s system of life and religion alone
has divine approval and blessing for today. This is why Islam
should be more accurately termed, Muhammadanism, because
Muhammad’s sayings and life define Islam and the knowledge of
the will of Allah.

Allah: Human Rights & Duties

As noted above, the Christian’s perspective is that all the
basic human rights and duties are directly from Allah, and they
are defined by creation, reason, and conscience. This concept
has important implications for the rights and duties of
humanity. First of all, it means that each person is a
responsible moral being with his own rights and duties, and
these rights were not given at the behest or subject to the
whims of a prophet. Secondly, this applies to everyone alive
today as well as those who lived in past ages. Thirdly, it is
valid for all ethnic, racial, and religious groups the world
over. Fourthly, a prophet cannot abrogate the natural creation
and the rights and duties that flow from it. A prophet is never
brighter than the witness of creation, reason, and conscience.

Creation

From Genesis to Revelation
there are many references to God creating the universe. Since
God is the Creator, all creatures owe their existence, purpose,
and submission to their Creator alone. This submission to God is
the most basic duty of a creature, including humankind.

In the beginning God created
the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (NIV)

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor
and power, for you created all things, and by your will they
were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11 (NIV)

Submit yourselves, then, to God. James 4:7 (NIV)

Everyday, the wonders of
creation witness to the power, wisdom, majesty, and knowledge of
Almighty God, and this testimony shines to the ends of the world
and into the thoughts of all people of every language. So, on
the basis of creation alone, humans have knowledge of God and a
duty to live according to this knowledge. King Dawud wrote,

The heavens declare the
glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they
display knowledge.

There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.

Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends
of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
Psalms 19:1-4 (NIV)

The existence of God is
plainly seen from the creation as well as his eternal power and
divine nature. Holy Scriptures affirm that humans have no excuse
to deny God’s existence, power, and divine nature. As a result,
humans are morally responsible to live in reverence to God. Both
the Jewish and Christian scriptures testify that creation
instructs us about God.

since what may be known
about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to
them.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–
his eternal power and divine nature– have been clearly seen,
being understood from what has been made, so that men are
without excuse. Romans 1:19-20 (NIV)

Reason

In the beginning, God
created the first parents of all humans: Adam and Eve. However,
they were different from the other animals, because they were
created in the image of God. They had an intelligent mind that
could know God and know the significance of justice, fairness,
holiness, mercy, equity, and love. Their rational mind is what
corresponds to the image of God. The animals had bodily parts
such as, feet, hearts, ears, stomachs, and eyes. But, they were
not created with an intellectual mind that can look at the
starry heavens and understand the power and wisdom of their
Creator. Since animals were not created with an intellectual
mind, they were not created in the image of God.

So God created man in his
own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female
he created them. Genesis 1:27 (NIV)

All human beings are
creatures made in the image of God, that is, every person has a
God-given mind that can naturally know God’s existence and his
divine nature and will. Furthermore, all humans understand ideas
of justice, fairness, and love. It is a natural feature of human
nature to understand these things, and these concepts don’t have
to be taught by a prophet. They are the very fabric of human
nature with which Adam and Eve were created.

From one man he made every
nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he
determined the times set for them and the exact places where
they should live. Acts 17:26 (NIV)

Conscience

Human beings have a moral
sense of what is right and wrong. This sense is called the human
conscience. It is not something with which animals are born, but
it is possessed by all human beings. As far back in history as
we can search, we can see human beings making ethical decisions
about what is good or evil. In the book of Genesis we read that
Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good
and evil. This story points out that human beings have a moral
conscience with the knowledge of good and evil.

“For God knows that when you
eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,
knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5 (NIV)

This moral sense of right
and wrong is written upon each human heart. Even if a person has
not heard of the Mosaic law and the command, “You shall not
murder” Exodus 20:13 (NIV), the person knows that murder is
wrong because of the requirements of the law are written upon
his heart. His conscience bears witness to the evil character of
the deed. A person cannot escape the testimony of his own
conscience.

(Indeed, when Gentiles, who
do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law,
they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the
law,

since they show that the requirements of the law are written on
their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their
thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.) Romans 2:14-15
(NIV)

Our personal behavior should
not violate our moral sense of good and evil, because our moral
conscience has been given to help us live an ethical life. In
addition, we should conduct our personal affairs such that our
behavior does not offend the moral conscience of others.
Religion does not excuse us from “commending ourselves to every
man’s conscience in the sight of God.”

Rather, we have renounced
secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we
distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the
truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in
the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV)

So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and
man. Acts 24:16 (NIV)

Cicero

The ancient Roman
philosopher, Marcus Cicero (106-43 B.C.), stated beautifully the
natural basis of human rights and duties and their universal and
timeless application. He wrote,

True law is right reason in
agreement with nature; it is of universal application,
unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands,
and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions. And it does not
lay its commands or prohibitions upon good men in vain, though
neither have any effect on the wicked. It is a sin to try to
alter this law, not is it allowable to attempt to repeal any
part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely. We
cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or people, and we
need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter
of it. And there will not be different laws at Rome and at
Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal
and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and all
times, and there will be one master and ruler, this is God, over
us all, for he is the author of this law, its promulgator, and
its enforcing judge. Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from
himself and denying his human nature, and by reason of this very
fact he will suffer the worst penalties, even if he escapes what
is commonly considered punishment.6

By contrast, Muslim believe
that ‘true law’ must be a law that requires them to mimic the
behavior of Muhammad and to obey his sayings. Whereas, Cicero
wrote, “True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is
of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons
to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its
prohibitions.” Muslims discard Allah’s creation and human nature
and replace it with Muhammad.

1400 Years Old

The Universal Islamic
Declaration of Human Rights claims that Islam gave “an ideal
code of human rights fourteen centuries ago.” Muhammad claimed
that his message was from God and that obedience to him was the
same thing as obedience to God. There is an identity in obeying
God and obeying Muhammad. However, it’s important to keep in
mind that Muhammad is the true source of Islamic human rights.
If a Muslims were honest about the human source of Shari’ah,
they might be willing to consider the divine source of true
human rights.

Islam gave to mankind an
ideal code of human rights fourteen centuries ago. These rights
aim at conferring honour and dignity on mankind and eliminating
exploitation, oppression and injustice.

Human rights in Islam are firmly rooted in the belief that God,
and God alone, is the Law Giver and the Source of all human
rights. Due to their Divine origin, no ruler, government,
assembly or authority can curtail or violate in any way the
human rights conferred by God, nor can they be surrendered.7

While the Islamic code of
human rights arrived fourteen centuries ago with Muhammad, the
true source of human rights arrived with the creation of our
first parents, Adam and Eve. The code was not written on
separate pieces of palm leaves, parchments, and bones, but it
was written on creation and in the hearts, minds, and
consciences of every human being. The ideal code did not come to
a prophet in a cave, but it came directly from God and his
creative wisdom and power and was implanted into human nature.

Summary

Christians believe that
human beings are a unique creation of Allah who are endowed with
reason and a moral sense of good and evil. This human endowment
is shared by all human beings and is a gift of the Creator. As a
result, all human beings are responsible to Allah to order their
individual, marital, family, social, national, economic, and
religious lives according to reason and good morals. Christians
believe that Allah is the complete Way of Life

This Christian view
contrasts sharply with the view of Muslims who believe that
human rights and duties were defined by the sayings and life of
Muhammad. Effectively, Muslims set aside Allah and the natural
laws of creation, reason, and conscience and replace them with
the life and sayings of Muhammad. As a result, Muslims are
shackled with many of the ideas and superstitions of Muhammad
and his seventh century Arabian culture. Muslims have made a
man, Muhammad, the measure of all things instead of God. In
doing so, they have disregarded the wise words of Plato who
correctly stated that God is the measure of all things.

Athenian: What line of
conduct, then, is dear to God and a following of him? There is
but one, and it is summed up in one ancient rule, the rule that
‘like’–when it is a thing of measure–‘loves its like.’ For
things that have no measure can be loved neither by one another
nor by those that have. Now it is God who is, for you and me, of
a truth the ‘measure of all things,’ much more truly than, as
they say, ‘man.’ So he who would be loved by such a being must
himself become such to the utmost of his might, and so by this
argument, he that is temperate among us is loved by God, for he
is like God, whereas he that is not temperate is unlike God and
at variance with him; so also it is with the unjust, and the
same rule holds in all else.8

Objections

Human verse Divine Law

Muslims claim that Islamic
law is a divine law while they claim that Christian believe in
human law. Abdul Qader ‘Oudah wrote,

The Islamic Shariah is
different from the Human Law in these respects:—

(i) Ordinary law is the
creation of man, while the Shariah is divine revelation. Thus
the two reflect the qualities of their respective makers. As the
ordinary law is the result of human efforts it is imperfect,
apologetic weak and inadequate. That is why it is constantly
subject to change and modification—a process which we term as
“evolution.” As society develops and reaches a stage unexpected
and unforeseen, so also does the customary law grows or assumes
such forms as may not have been envisaged in advance. In other
words, the human law is imperfect in every respect and cannot
attain perfection until man himself becomes perfect. But the
truth of the matter is that he can only trace his past to a
certain extent and is incapable of knowing the future.

The Islamic Shariah, on the
contrary, has been made by Allah himself and reflects the
Maker’s perfection, glory and the light of omniscience which
covers, in a sweep, all the possibilities of both the infinite
past and and infinite future. The Omniscient Being has made the
Islamic Shariah in such a manner that it embraces all the
affairs and problems of the present and the future. The Almighty
Allah has ordinated that there shall be no modification of His
law since no change of time or space or the vicissitudes of
human circumstances necessitate any amendment there-in:

“There is no changing in the
words of Allah.” (10:64)9

However, Mr. ‘Oudah ignores
completely the fact that the Shari’ah is based upon Muhammad,
who was a human. So in actual matter of fact, Shari’ah law is a
prototypical human law, since it was patterned after the sayings
and life of a single human person, and we can point to the exact
historical figure upon whom the Shari’ah was built. It was
Muhammad who lived fourteen hundred years ago in the land of
Arabia. As is documented in great detail in hadithic literature,
Muhammad’s laws were molded and fashioned in the land and
culture of ancient Arabia. So, it is no wonder that the Shari’ah
laws are unsatisfactory for the modern world. They are a human
legal system erected upon a dry bones of a man whose mortal
remains are entombed in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

By contrast Christians
believe that righteous law is based upon the testimony of
creation, reason, and conscience. Clearly, creation, reason, and
conscience were created by Allah. Since these were created by
Allah, a nation’s laws are most divine when they correlate to
nature, reason, and the moral sense. And, the laws are most
unrighteous when they violate nature, reason, and morality.

Therefore, it seems
self-evident that Islamic Shari’ah law is a human law, because
it is based upon a single person, and his name is Muhammad.
Christian believe that righteous law must be based upon the
principles discovered in nature, reason, and conscience which
are gifts of Allah to the human race.

Western versus Eastern Human
Rights

Now, Muslims often complain
that Middle Eastern and Asian Muslims are judged unfairly by
Western standards of justice. Perhaps the complaint is justified
in some cases. However, it is important to recognize that human
nature, logical reasoning, and moral conscience are common to
all humanity. It is not an issue of Western verses Eastern laws.
It is an issue of belonging to the human family. It is an issue
of justice, equality, fairness, and righteousness for all
peoples of the world. The very idea of a human caste system,
such as the dhimmi caste system in Islam or the Hindu’s
multi-layered caste system, is discriminatory and violates
Allah’s order of creation. The Lord Jesus Christ said,

So in everything, do to
others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the
Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12 (NIV)

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31 (NIV)

A person needs to ask
himself, “How would I like to be treated?” If you want people to
treat you with justice, equality, righteousness, and fairness,
then you must have laws that treat others with the same degree
of fairness and freedom too. If you want the privilege to follow
the teachings of Muhammad, then you must allow others the same
privilege and freedom to follow their religion. If you want the
freedom to propagate your religion, then you must allow others
the same freedom to propagate their religion. Otherwise, you
have no regard for fairness or equality, and you are no
different from any other narrow-minded tyrant who uses religion
for his own brand of bigotry.

Divine Law

The divine and royal law is
the law of love towards one’s neighbor.

Love does no harm to its
neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Rom
13:10 (NIV)

The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your
neighbor as yourself.” Galations 5:14 (NIV)

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your
neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. James 2:8 (NIV)

 

 

 

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