This is a continuation of a multi-post article. You can read the first post here and you can read the previous post here. This is also part of a larger series called "The Koran from a Christian perspective." You can find other posts in this series here.God is all powerful and there is nothing God cannot do! Well, except for one thing, God cannot lie. The scriptures clearly teach us this fact. "God is not a man, that He should lie." (Numbers 23:19) "God, who cannot lie" (Titus 1:2) "it is impossible for God to lie" (Hebrews 6:18) However, the God of Muhammad is not so adverse to lying and deceiving men.
"[Remember] When God showed thee them in thy dream as few; and had He shown them as many you would have lost heart, and quarrelled about the matter; but God saved; He knows the thoughts in the breasts." (Koran 8:45)Here God shows them their advisory as few even though they were many, lest they should fear and fail to do what God wanted them to do. However, how can one trust in a God who lies, even for seemingly good reasons? Could it be that all His promises of Paradise are lies as well? All the virgins and the endless pleasures, could they too be lies from God to secure our obedience? Maybe all the promises God has made for this present life are lies as well. Lies to keep us hoping by which He secures our compliance to His will for our lives? If God readily admits that He lies, which Muhammad's God does, then how do we know when He is telling the truth and when He is lying? It is impossible to truly trust a God who lies, yet such a God is the God of Muhammad.
Perhaps no where does the God of Muhammad demonstrates His propensity for lying than He does towards those whom He deems as infidels and unbelievers. The Koran teaches that the God of Muhammad has created certain men and Jinn to be destined for Hell.
"Whomsoever God guides, he is rightly guided; and whom He leads astray [mislesdeth] -- they are the losers [shall be lost]. We have created for Gehenna [Hell] many jinn and men: they have hearts, but understand not with them; they have eyes, but perceive not with them; they have ears, but they hear not with them. They are like cattle; nay, rather they are further astray. Those -- they are the heedless." (Koran 7:177-178)To Allah, these men and women are less than cattle and certainly not wroth His time and notice. Even here the Koran contradict the scriptures it clams to confirm and support. Jesus spoke of "the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matthew 25:41) Yes, men and women will find their destination there, but it was not initially created for them. All mankind was created and destined for heaven. Hell awaits only for those who choose a path towards that which was never meant to be theirs.
Furthermore, the Koran not only teaches that God appoints some men and women for hell, but that He actually participates in their deception; unknowingly leading them astray that their end might be assured.
"Whomsoever God desires to guide, He expands [opens] his breast to Islam; whomsoever He desires to lead astray [mislead], He makes his breast narrow, tight, as if he were climbing to heaven." (Koran 6:125)
"and God has led him astray [causeth willfully to err] out of a knowledge, and set a seal upon [sealed up] his hearing and his heart, and laid a covering [placed a veil] on his eyes?" (Koran 45:22)
"So God leads astray [misleads] whomsoever He will, and He guides whomsoever He will" (Koran 74:34)
"The hypocrites seek to trick [deceive] God, but God is tricking [deceiving] them." (Koran 4:141)How can God be both good and deceiving? However, God not only actively participates in their deception but He has no care for them and bears no desire in His heart for their right guidance.
"God's it is to show [point out] the way; and some do swerve [turn aside] from it. If He willed, He would have guided you all together." (Koran 16:9)Muhammad makes it very plain that the reason God misleads some is because He has no will or desire that they should be guided and that they find their home in Paradise. This blatant uncaring heart towards the life and plight of mankind is the same heart that Muhammad's God encourages in us as well.
"Though thou art ever so eager [anxious] to guide them, [know] God guides not those whom He leads astray; they have no helpers." (Koran 16:39)
"God leads astray [misleads] whomsoever He will, and whomsoever He will He guides; so let not thy soul be wasted in regrets for them [spend not thy soul in sighs for them]." (Koran 35:9)The message is clear. God does not care for them so why should we waist our time caring and calling out to them? God has abandoned them to Hell so let us also abandon them in our heart to the end they were created for. However, this is so far from the Gospel that was preached to us by Jesus and His Apostles. Paul says that
"we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:20-21)Jesus has made a way for all to be saved, for all to be forgiven, and for all to be guided and He has called all who believe to care for, and reach out to, those who do not believe that they too might find the salvation, forgiveness, and guidance that we have found in Christ. The God of the scriptures is a loving, caring, and ever hopeful God who desires us and wants us to return. Not so with the God of Muhammad. However, this is not the true nature of God but rather the perversion of His nature by one who sought to create Him in his own, that being Muhammad's, image.
More to come...