Why Islam’s God is Morally Flawed.

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I think a devastating argument can be made against the God that Muslims believed revealed the Koran from what we might term “perfect being theology.” According to perfect being theology when one says “God,” God is thought to be the greatest conceivable being. There is no being that can be conceived of that is greater than God. In fact, if something greater than what we believed to be God existed, then that greater being would be God.

Now, the greatest conceivable being must possess what we might call great-making properties, namely moral perfection, omniscience, and omnipotence. For example, a God that is not omnipotent (all-powerful), such as in its inability and power to control, say, nature or the natural world, cannot be referred to as the greatest conceivable. In other words, in some sense this God would be subject to the physical universe. But surely God, if he exists, is supreme over creation. Moreover, a God that is not omniscient (all-knowing) in that, for example, there are facts in the world that he does not know also cannot be the greatest conceivable being. A being that is infinite in knowledge is greater than a being that is limited in knowledge. Further, a God that exists contingently is limited in that it must owe its existence to something else, and is even at threat of going out of existence at some point in the future.

Thus, quite rightly, if some individual came up to me and said that he is God, I’d reject his or her claim on the basis that human beings are limited, finite, contingent things. Human beings are limited in knowledge, power, and moral goodness, and cannot claim to possess great-making properties, and therefore be God. Thus, a being that is not contingent is greater than a being that is. This presupposition seems to be intuitively and necessarily true, since nothing can be greater than God, and therefore provides a sound framework through which we can understand these other gods of other religions. Now, this presents a problem for the God of the Muslims. Why? Because Allah is presented in the Koran as being overtly partial, for example, Allah does not love sinners and unbelievers:

Surah 3:31-32: “Obey Allah and the Apostle; but if they turn back, then surely Allah does not love the unbelievers.”

Surah 3:43-45: “He may reward those who believe and do good out of His grace; surely He does not love the unbelievers.”

Surah 2:277: “God loves not the impious and sinners.”

Allah’s love is thus conditional. Though the Koran does state that Allah loves those who are pure (2:222), who do good deeds (2:195), are righteous (9:7), and those who fight in his cause (61:4), it also tells us whom he doesn’t love; he doesn’t love transgressors (2:190), ungrateful sinners (2:276), the unjust (3:57), or the proud (4:36). So, Allah is not all loving, but rather conditional in his love. Think of how devastating this is for children. We would be morally repulsed at a parent whose love is strictly conditional. Such a parent would likely say that “I will only love you if you do X and Y, my love must be earned.” Such would no doubt create an emotionally unstable child. Thus, if Allah was really what we would call the greatest conceivable being then his love should be unconditional, all encompassing, and impartial. But it is not, thus Allah is morally flawed, and therefore cannot be God. A being that is morally perfect is greater than a being that is morally flawed.

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6 responses to “Why Islam’s God is Morally Flawed.

  1. Sorry to disagree but I think that God’s love should be conditional when it comes to sinning, killing, raping, etc. If the Christian God turns around and says I love the killers, rapists etc then why should they stop sinning.
    Also the God of the Quran does love those who repent, those who stop sinning. That is a more alluring incentive to stop sinning rather than a God who basically says “Hey do what you want so long as you believe my Son died for you, it’s all good.”

    • Thanks for commenting, casjuan. However, i think you may have some issues with the statement.
      God loves everyone but that does not mean he approves of their behaviour. He loves the rapist, but the rapist will be under God’s wrath for his violation of someone else, whom God loves just as much.

      You said “Hey do what you want so long as you believe my Son died for you, it’s all good.” This statement is incorrect, just because God loves the sinner does not mean its permissible to do wrong, or sinful things. God doesn’t have that attitude, the Bible warns against sinful practice, the ultimate low would be the judgment of the Canaanites by God, yet he still loved them.

      Also, its a commitment to follow Jesus, he tells us to pick up our crosses and follow him. To commit evil things whilst a Christian shows that you are certainly not emulating Christ’s example.

      • I do believe that God loves everyone but I don’t think that God loves it when people do things that bring hurt and destruction to their lives. If I were a drug addict ( for example ) and someone told me that God loves me I’d feel good but it wouldn’t help my condition. If however someone told me God hates what you are doing to yourself but if you stop it and repent to God he will love you, I’d have hope and I’d want to help myself because I want God to love me.

  2. How do you respond to Psalms 5:5 – that God hates all evildoers – not the evil – the evildoer. Also, Malachi 1:2-3. “I have loved you,” says the LORD. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob (3) but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” This is not the picture of a “loved less” hatred. It is a wrathful hatred.

    It seems that God does indeed hate evildoers, and demonstrates that hatred by pouring out his wrath on them in hell. We need to be careful not to declare the God of the Bible inadequate because of this.

  3. Thanks for the reply. While I disagree with the Gotquestions response on Esau and Jacob, I believe it’s still supportive of the idea that saying God loves everyone is misleading. God certainly didn’t love Esau in the same way he loved Jacob. Certainly one in a position of being at enmity with God (outside of Christ) is loved differently than one no longer at enmity with God (in Christ). That’s why I stress the importance of repentance. Most people hear “God loves you” and thinks exactly what I’ve said in previous posts – if he loves me, then he won’t punish me in hell.

    A couple of questions:

    1. Do do you believe that God pours out his wrath on unbelievers? Or is hell just a loving God giving people what they want?

    2. I would like to know what Scripture you have to support the notion that man desires eternal torment. Sure, he may want to be apart from God, because he does not want God to rule his life, but he certainly does not desire the consequence of his behavior. We see that in the parable of the rich man in hell. He begs Lazarus to go warn his brothers. Why? Because if they knew what they had in store for them, they would not desire it. There is no way one may argue that any man anywhere desires to endure eternal punishment.

    3. Do you believe in a literal, eternal hell of fire and brimstone where unbelievers are tormented day and night forever?

    Thanks again for the opportunity to interact.

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