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.As I Christian I believe that God created everything good. When He had finished creation, He surveyed all His hands had made and "God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good." (Genesis 1:31). God only creates what is good and He is the author of all good things we enjoy. "Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow." (James 1:17) God is good and everything He does is good. However, there is that in this world that is not good; that comes from evil and is rooted in darkness. These things are not from God but from evil and many of them find their source in the Devil; from Satan in whom was found both darkness and evil. In our lives, we are called upon to live by that which is good, by that which comes down from our Father in heave, and to resist that which is evil, that which comes from the earth. This is the great challenge for mankind.
However, Muhammad seemed to view the world differently. For him, all things, good and evil, came from God. It seems that, to Muhammad, to allow for evil working in opposition to God would somehow lessen the omnipotence and total authority, rule, and power of God. How could God be all powerful and in control if evil still worked in this life in opposition to His will? To this end, Muhammad teaches us that God is the source of satans in our lives and in the world today.
"So We have appointed to every Prophet an enemy -- Satans of men and [among] jinn [Djinn], revealing tawdry speech to each other, all as a delusion; yet, had thy Lord willed, they would never have done it." (Koran 6:112)
"And even so We appointed [placed] in every city great ones [ringleaders] among its sinners, to devise [scheme] there; but they devised [scheme] only against themselves, and they were not aware." (Koran 6:123)This is an amazing revelation! According to Muhammad, God actually willed that there be satans and that those born of evil would stand in opposition to all who desire to live righteously. God even wills that in every city there would be those who would stir up trouble, dissension, and disorder. It is as if God wants a strong and organized opposition to test and challenge the people of God. Why would God do this? Why would a God who "is not a God of confusion but of peace" (1 Corinthians 14:33) also insure that there is confusion and disorder by appointing ringleaders among the unrighteous in a city? This seems completely inconsistent with the nature of God has He has been revealed to both the Jews and the Christians.
Muhammad draws a picture of a God who is indifferent to mankind and actually could care less if mankind found salvation or not.
"Thus those associates of theirs have decked out fair to many idolaters to slay their children, to destroy them, and to confuse their religion for them. Had God willed, they would not have done so; so leave them to their forging." (Koran 6:138)
"And if thy Lord had willed, whoever is in the earth would have believed, all of them, all together." (Koran 10:99)
The God of Muhammad saw the sinfulness of Mankind and, tough He could have done something about it, He chose to do nothing but to leave them in their own deception. An all powerful, uncaring, and unwilling God! Even beyond this, Muhammad seems to indicate that God actually wanted some to error and sin so that His word might be proven right.
"If We had so willed [pleased], We could have given every soul its guidance; but now My Word is realized [but true shall be the word that has gone forth from me]" (Koran 32:13)
What a petty, petulant, and worthless God is the God of Muhammad! The truth is that God did see and He did care and He did do something.
"But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." (Galatians 4:4-5)
We need never to fear God. He is not the author of good and evil but only good. Everything He does is good and He does all things well. Yes there is evil, but God is greater than the evil.
More to come...