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Differences between Halacha and Sharia

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Submitted by Devasahayam (United States), Aug 8, 2009 at 19:24

The first is a fundamental difference of religion.

Specific points about Judaism and Halacha

  • Halacha was revealed by God to people seeking Him (though oft disobedient)
  • Halacha never applies for those not seeking to become Jews (the religion does make proselytes, as referenced in New Testament, but there is no historical record of forcible conversion to Judaism)
  • Halacha's central points are possibility and desirability of personal relationship with God
  • Halacha is admittedly only a foreshadowing of the Messiah, the only human who could fulfill it perfectly

Contrast this with Islam and Sharia:
  • Islam's spiritual descent is from a man whose mum turned her back on God, to which the man (Ishmael) assented (the fact that Hagar chose for him an Egyptian bride)
  • Islam's founder was a brigand who styled himself a prophet
  • Islam does not believe in a personal relationship with God--even Mohammed's claim was that Gabriel gave him the messages (in New Testament, specific warning by Paul--"test spirits, since Old Nick can masquerade easily as angel of light")
  • there is no doubt about Islam's record of forced conversion, especially since at least one regime attempted to place it higher than voluntary (specifically, Pakistan in 1971 during its genocidal "Operation Searchlight")
  • The closest ancient religion resembling Islam was one promulgated by Egyptian Pharoah Akhnaton (1353-1334 BC) and also practiced by his successors Smenkhare and Tutankhamon before petering out--which was centred around one non-personal god, Atun (Akhnaton had also destroyed the shrines of the native religion of ancient Egypt, but after Tut's time that religion reestablished itself reaching height under Ramses II)
  • Islam bears much similarity to the Final False Religion (that of "the beast") prior to final judgement--as I have revealed already in responses to a 2008 column
  • Islam is the only religion to have been described by India's first Law Minister Bhimrao Ambedkar as "having a worse record in South Asia than Hinduism" (Ambedkar, a dalit, was certainly not pro-Hindu--indeed he stated that Hinduism's name "should be infamy")
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