In order to explain the Sharia to your Christian neighbor, simply ask this series of questions:

Do you believe in God?

If so, do you believe that God loves humanity?

If so, do you believe that God wants the best for humanity, individually and collectively?

If so, don’t you think that God would send down guidelines and principles for humanity to follow in order for human beings to flourish?

If so, don’t you think that human flourishing and happiness depends on what happens on the individual and collective levels?

If so, wouldn’t these guidelines and principles apply not only to individual behavior but also to the behavior of society as a whole?

If so, wouldn’t these guidelines and principles have to influence and inform, not only an individual’s personal life and his relationships with God and other people, but also the broader societal laws and ethics of governance, economic practice, family values, etc., i.e., those things that determine the collective well-being and direction of society writ large?

If so, then guess what? That is what the Sharia is: guidelines and principles sent by God that apply not only to individual life but to entire families, communities, and societies, aimed at guiding mankind to its true purpose as worshipers and devotees of Almighty God.

Now you, as a Christian, might not believe that the Sharia is from God, but if you answered all the above questions in the affirmative, then you can at least appreciate the underlying concept at a deep level.

The fact of the matter is, there is no “Christian law” and Jewish Talmudic law has all but been undermined and displaced by reform-minded, secular Jews. In the place of Christian and Jewish law is a secular order based on, among other things, a materialistic, godless understanding of human nature and human purpose. How could God-fearing people see this as ideal?

If you, as a Christian, can appreciate all this, then the Sharia as God’s law, should not, in and of itself, strike you as foreign. In fact, insofar as you believe in God, it is something that you probably crave deep in your bones. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if, for example, governmental authorities prioritized God’s commands and society as a whole were organized according to God’s directives? Wouldn’t the world be a better place if the most powerful and influential institutions of society operated with a sense of greater purpose: to please God and obey Him.

Those who don’t believe in God would disagree, of course. But forget about them for a second. And forget about the fact that different people have different beliefs about what God’s commands actually are. Just focus on the core of the issue: God as King of Kings. God as Ultimate Sovereign. As a believing Christian, isn’t this the kind of world that you really want? Isn’t this the ideal?

OK, well, Muslims have the exact same sentiments, and the Sharia — as a body of ethics, principles, guidelines, and laws — is ultimately the path to realize that ideal.

If you, as a Christian, want to oppose the Sharia, then at least be principled about it. Don’t “sell out” by invoking cheap secular arguments about “separation of church and state” and “freedom of religion,” arguments that are ultimately incoherent anyway. Don’t hide behind liberal secularism to attack Islamic law because that same liberal secularism is equally antithetical to your Christian faith, whether you want to admit it or not. Consider the fact that Europe was the birthplace of liberal secularism and, truth be told, Christianity has not fared well there ever since, to say the least. Christianity has all but died out in countries like the UK, France, Germany, Holland, etc.

If you want to raise substantive critiques again the Sharia that are based on more than what you have seen in 20 second clips of ISIS on Fox News, then I humbly suggest that you, my Christian neighbor, learn more about what the Sharia is and how it speaks to a person’s individual life and spirit, a person’s social dealings, a person’s financial transactions, societal justice, family harmony, and so much more. I am confident that you will find much that resonates with what you have read in the Bible. But if you still have issues, feel free to provide your critique and there can be a constructive dialog and debate.

And if you don’t want to do all that, I hope that you, as a Christian, can still appreciate the Muslim’s devotion to God and his eagerness to obey Him. That is a start.

Here is some further reading.

Islamic Law and Political Authority

Islamic Law and Jihad

Islamic Law and Sex

Islamic Law and Male Bias

Islamic Law and Homosexuality

Islamic Law and ISIS/Terrorism

Islamic Law and Religious Freedom

Islamic Law and Free Choice

And Much More…

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  • Daniel,

    People primarily oppose Sharia law because of what it entails, not because of its association with God.

    Non-Muslims (as well as liberal Muslims), have no interest in living in a society where a woman’s testimony is worth half of a man’s. Where changing your religion is punishable by death. Where things like art, music, and love are forbidden (or so restricted they may as well be).

    If you want to convince people Sharia law is good, convince us that the above stipulations are somehow good.

    • The further reading listed addresses most of these points.

      Except for the claim that the Sharia forbids love. That one’s new.

      • Daniel,

        Your linked works do not address any of these issues specifically. They pose vague questions (Is Islam male-centric, is it anti-choice, etc), and respond not by defending specific Islamic precepts, but by attacking liberal-thought as being too inconsistent and subjective to credibly pose these questions. That isn’t an answer at all, its a cop-out; dancing around the issues to avoid uncomfortable truths.

        Be honest with your readers, and yourself.

        Do you believe its ideal for a woman’s testimony to be half of a man’s, because (according to the Quran, Hadith, and Tafsir), she is, “deficient in intelligence”?

        Do you believe people who change their religion from Islam should be murdered?

    • And what will you do when you are provided answers to these questions to your satisfaction?
      Will you be applying ‘sharia’ to yourself and recommend it (not force, just recommend it)

      • Nogai, you do not understand Islam properly. You need to think that if Islam is so biased and bigoted, why is it also the fastest-spreading religion in the world currently?

  • Do you think Christians or other Non-muslims want to know about your ‘godly’ laws? As a matter of fact, we don’t want to know. The west struggled for centuries to eradicate theocracies and there is no way muslims. Keep your primitive sharia laws to yourself. Secular laws are more moral than your religion.

  • The problem is that most Christians think that Shariah is about beheading and stoning people, and is aimed towards establishing a global caliphate in which muslims will rule over all. These people cannot be reasoned with, and have no intention of listening to any explanation that Muslims can provide. However, they can be silenced with facts from their own Bible.

    Each time they bring up stoning and beheading, show them the laws about stoning and killing with fire in the Bible.

    When they bring up the tired old “death for apostasy” canard against Islam, show them the bibles command to the Israelites to kill apostates in the Bible.

    When they say Islam is designed to subjugate non Muslim minorities, show them the Bibles instructions for Israelites to enslave and wipe out entire tribes.

    And so on.

  • Hi Daniel,

    I have educated myself about Sharia. It’s obscene and barbaric. Indeed, the more I learned about Sharia, the more horrific it gets. I would encourage everybody to educate themselves about this system and the threat it poses to open thought and human dignity.

    Daniel, why not follow something like Buddhism instead? After all, it has just as much evidence to support its claims, but without the killing of blasphemers and stoning people to death.

    Best regards.

  • Excellent article brother.

    It only makes sense when we consider that our purpose of life and our public affairs of life are related.