Muslims promote Sharia law. Why do Christians not promote their law? Some Muslim communities run with Sharia law. Other nations with a high Muslim population promote Sharia. It would seem from...
Muslims promote Sharia law. Why do Christians not promote their law?
Some Muslim communities run with Sharia law. Other nations with a high Muslim population promote Sharia. It would seem from this phenomenon that Muslim law can be used to run a society as it does so in a few countries.
I know of no country that uses Christian or biblical law and have not heard of any Christian effort to have their law accepted in their nation.
This indicates that either Muslims are more religious than Christians, or Christians know that their laws would never be accepted as the law of the land.
Meanwhile, the vast majority of nations have rejected both sets of religious laws for a more secular approach to law and governance.
Which of these three sets of laws do you think are superior and why?
This is an old thread, but the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality this summer (2015) makes me want to reply nonetheless to the initial question and to the answer by tjbrewer, who writes
"Christians do promote their right to live according to their law, when Government interferes with Church domains. For example, the Furors over the HHS mandate (the Government ordered Catholics to violate their rules about contraception), Gay Marriage (the Government said Christians cannot limit marriage to one man and one woman), and abortion (Government says that abortion is legal, in contradiction to Christian beliefs)."
Both the initial question and the reply overlook the constant and clear promotion of beliefs by different Christian groups on all sorts of matters. It's probably pretty much standard practice for groups defined by ideologies to seek to reshape the governments of the countries in which they live, including the United States, to match their belief systems more closely. tjbrewer gives an explanation that is largely backwards: as I see it, some Christian groups promote their beliefs first (imposing those beliefs on others), and the government intervenes second (protecting all people from the beliefs of some people).
Government intervention is required when any group achieves some level of success in promoting any views, policies, or laws that contradict the foundational principles of the country. It strikes me as false or naive to claim that government "interference" is what causes Christians to "promote their right to live according to their law." Christians already have the right to live according to their law; what they don't have is the right to impose that law on others. The government, although far from perfect, is what prevents a country like the United States from mutating into a far less humane and far less free nation in which the views of some people with power (power, I'll add, that is often built on false claims and draws on people's naive faith) are imposed ruthlessly on the rest of the population.
The difference between Muslim preference for Sharia law, and Christian preference for Christian laws stems not from Muslims being more devout, but from their differing views of their relationship to Government.
Islam demands an intimate relationship between the Muslim faith and the Government. Anyone who is to hold an office must be Muslim, and consequently be favorable toward Sharia Law.
Christians approach their relationship to governments in a much different way. The cornerstone of their relationship is Jesus' statement in Matthew 22:21, "Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God." This sets up a separation between Secular government and Church government. God's law directs everything the Church does, and Government law directs everything the Government does, so long as the two do not conflict. Christians do promote their right to live according to their law, when Government interferes with Church domains. For example, the Furors over the HHS mandate (the Government ordered Catholics to violate their rules about contraception), Gay Marriage (the Government said Christians cannot limit marriage to one man and one woman), and abortion (Government says that abortion is legal, in contradiction to Christian beliefs).
Secular law doesn't recognize any divine guidance or presence. However, close inspection finds many places where Christian rules, Sharia Law, and even Secular laws agree. This is because the Natural Law (which Christians, and Jews believe comes from God) is present in all humans, and gives to us guidelines of absolute right and wrong that cannot be contradicted. Because of this, Christian and secular law usually are in agreement, and Christians are content to let Secular government have its way, so long as Christians are allowed to have their way.
I personally believe that Christian law is superior, because I am a Christian, and that the Natural Law underpins all Law, Christian and Secular alike, so there need be no disagreement between Christian and Secular laws.