Sharia or Jesus?

“According to Islam, the way to paradise is Sharia, a code of laws to follow that will please Allah and earn His favor. Sharia is literally translated ‘the way.’ According to the Christian message, the way to eternal life is Jesus. He said, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ (John 14:6). In Islam, Sharia is the way, and in Christianity, Jesus is the way. How is it that the way to life in one religion is law, whereas in the other faith it is a person? To understand, we have to compare Sharia and the gospel” (Qureshi, No God But One, 29).

The comparison is from a former Muslim. The struggle is one which highlights the grace of Jesus. His incredible love and mercy poured out to mankind stands in contrast with the harsh impossibility of law keeping found in Islam. Rather than having to be perfect in order to be acceptable to God, God makes us the unrighteous righteous by his own sacrifice so that we may be acceptable to him. Praise the Lord.

But now apart 1from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.–Romans 3:21-27

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