This article is not intended to down the Muslim, nor is it to cause personal offense, rather this brief blog article will simply address one major reason why I think the Islamic conception of God, as opposed to the Christian God, is objectionable.
It is made clear that the God of the Koran does not love sinners and unbelievers – such is supported all throughout its scripture, for instance:
- “Obey Allah and the Apostle; but if they turn back, then surely Allah does not love the unbelievers.” (Surah 3:31-32)
- “He may reward those who believe and do good out of His grace; surely He does not love the unbelievers.” (Surah 3:43-45);
- “God loves not the impious and sinners.” (Surah 2:277)
Allah’s love is therefore conditional. 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). But 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). It goes further than this by claiming Allah does not love unbelievers (3:31-32; 3:43-45). So, unlike the Biblical God, Allah is not all loving, but rather conditional in his love. However, the God of Christianity, Yahweh, loves us so much that he sent his Son, Jesus, to die for us, for both believer and unbeliever alike.
In Islam there is a good vs. bad deed scale that is not present in Christianity. Whereas the Christian God has undeservingly extended his unmerited love and grace to us, the Islamic God does no such thing. Allah judges upon whether our good deeds outweigh our bad (Surah 2:227; Surah 9:105) – this is diametrically opposed to Yahweh who looks inwardly at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7, Acts 1:24).
This sounds like a parent whose love is strictly conditional, in other words “I will only love you if you do X and Y, my love must be earned.” Such can create an emotionally unstable child, and as God should be the ultimate conceivable being his love should be unconditional, all encompassing, and impartial. From such I believe that the Islamic God is objectionable. William Craig critiques the Islamic God in a presentation:
“His love would be unconditional, impartial, and universal, and this is the kind of love that Jesus revealed of our heavenly father. By contrast, the God of the Koran is partial, his love is conditional, you have to earn it, and it is not universal, he does not love sinners. Over and over again the Koran God says he loves not the unbelievers, he loves not sinners, he loves not the hard neck, he only loves believers, and so far that reason I couldn’t be a Muslim. I think that the concept of God in Islam is morally inadequate.”