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20. For Readers of the Qur'an

The Right Judgment According to the Gospel

The text of Sura al-Ma'ida 5:46-47a, which at the end speaks about the people of the Gospel, is summarized in the Qur'an in one sentence – Sura al-Ma'ida 5:47b, which contains a decisive lawful ordinance. Muhammad ordered the Christians, in a gentle manner, not to follow any other religion or law, but to stick only to the Gospel and live according to it, otherwise he would consider them "unclean offenders". Muhammad imagined that the Gospel was similar to the Shari'a of Moses. Therefore he allowed, and ordered, the Christians to judge their own affairs, according to their book and to decide and form their culture according to the Gospel.

This only verse grants Christians the freedom to practice their faith and rights, based on the Gospel, in an Islamic country without any objection.

This unique verse also ensures to Christians the special right to remain free as non-Muslims, enjoying Muslim protection in Islamic states, for they possess Allah's revelation that is entrusted to them. Allah would not allow them to become Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, or Muslims, but they must live according to the Gospel and acknowledge their faith. All Christians and Muslims should recognize these important verses, keep them by heart and live accordingly (Sura al-Ma'ida 5:46-47).

Actually, the Son of Mary stated about 500 commands in His Gospel and summarized them in one spiritual ordinance, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another!" (John 13:34)

In this commandment Christ made his own love, service and sacrifice the only rule, and the measure for His law. He, Himself, is our law, in the full sense of the word. We, in general, are unable to love and serve as Christ did. However the apostle Paul explained the biblical answer of this great commandment, "The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Romans 5:5) The Lord injects the power of His love into whoever desires to fulfill the Shari'a of Christ. He who does not seek God's power of kindness will not be able to live according to the law of Christ. All ideas, powers and laws that do not emanate from the holy Gospel and the love of Christ are not divine.

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