A doomed and failed attempt to defend the cruelties of sharia and islamic law
Face with constant criticism and horripilation at the harshness of islamic laws muslims have only one line of defence which they constantly display with monotonous repetition, they desperately try to imply that Jesus instead of bringing a new covenant of love and mercy he actually commanded his followers to apply the old mosaic law to the letter. Their assertion is only based on one word and one word alone: fulfill.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Matthew 5:17-20
So muslims mantain that the law includes rulings like stoning to death adulterers and 'blasphemers' and this is why these punishments are part of sharia law. They need to do this to justify the attacks and killings of harmless merchants and their carovans, the murder of all the males in villages during the night in order to take their children and women as slaves ( see the link to slavery ) and also to justify the bloody revenge that muhammad exacted on his critics ( see link leaving islam )
First of all the word fulfill does not mean to continue or to remain stuck in one place but it means to complete and to move on. When you have fulfilled your universtity studies you move on into workplace ie you move on into the next stage of your life.
Most important by law and prophets Jesus always meant the main commandments not the social and tribal rules of the jewish nation. Only someone who has never read the gospels can be so clueless to ignore this simple fact:
Also we will see that the word fulfill was also used in the context of Jesus fulfilling the prophecies and bringing the new covenant
John 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven
And He said to him, "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:37-40
Have you read that clearly? On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets." This laws Jesus came to fulfill, the other laws he considered them like tribal traditions.
And again in Mark 12 the same teaching is there:
29"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e] 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'[f] 31The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[g]There is no commandment greater than these."
32"Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
34When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
In John 15 he goes even further and he gives one law above all others
12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15
And these laws Jesus he fulfilled by leading an examplary life of love and compassion and even praying for his tormentors whilst on the cross.
What did Jesus taught about the tribal laws of the time which muslims still follow in their denial of the most basic teaching of Jesus
Matthew 15 8This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 10And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 11Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
He replied [to the Pharisees and the teachers of the law or presnt day imams]: "...You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men. ...Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that." (Mark 7:6-13)
"Beware of the teachers of the law (Imams). They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely." (Luke 20:46-47)
The word fulfill comes up again and again in the gospels to show that with the advent of Jesus the prophecies of the old testament had been fulfilled and humanity was ready for the new covenant
Matthew 4 - 12When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee. 13Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali 14to fulfil what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
15"Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way to the sea, along the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles
16the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned."[e]
Luke 4:16-20, 16He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."[e]
20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
Matthew 13:10-17 - "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
" 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15For this people's heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them
The three verses above is only a small example of how many times Jesus used the word fulfill to show how the old testament had prophetised his advent, so by his coming he fulfilled the the old covenant between God and the jewish nation. But the advent of the messiah is also the coming of a new covenant.
"Fulfilled" clearly means completed. The shadow has met its reality. It has been accomplished