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Holy Jehovah - or 'Deceiver' Allah?
Contradictions of 'The Deceiver'
Is it not true that Allah's holiness is only mentioned twice in the whole Qur'an while the holiness of the God of the Christians and Jews is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible?! And, frighteningly, a major attribute of Allah is that he is 'The Greatest Deceiver' (or 'Schemer') - while the God of the Bible cannot lie!
There are more than thirty verses in the Qur'an that describe Allah in this kind of way, e.g.:
(Sura 3:54) And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers.
(Sura 8:30): And when those who disbelieve plot against thee (O Muhammad) to wound thee fatally, or to kill thee or to drive thee forth; they plot, but Allah (also) plotteth; and Allah is the best of plotters.
On the other hand there are a number of Biblical passages that talk about the truthfulness of God's speech. Titus 1:2 speaks of "God, who never lies". Because God is a God who cannot speak a "lie," His words can always be trusted. Since all of Scripture is spoken by God, all of Scripture must be utterly truthful, that is, there can be no untruthfulness in Scripture.
Hebrews 6:18 mentions two unchangeable things (God's oath and his promise) "in which it is impossible for God to lie." The writer of Hebrews says, not merely that God does not lie but that it is not possible for him to lie. This immediate reference is to oaths and promises but, if it is impossible for God to lie in these utterances, then certainly it is impossible for Him ever to lie. Note, also, that Jesus harshly rebukes those who tell the truth only when under oath: Matthew 5:33-37; 23:16-22). In the Old Testament record, David said to God, "You are God, and your words are true" (2 Samuel 7:28).
Since the words of the Bible are God's words, and since God cannot lie or speak falsely, it is clear that there is no untruthfulness or error in any part of the words of Scripture. As we have pointed out in other places this is affirmed several places in the Bible (e.g. Psalm 12:6; 119:89; Numbers 23:19; Proverbs 30:5; Matthew 24:35 - Jesus prays to the Father, "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth" - John 17:17).
There are many verses in the Qur'an that describe the nature of Allah in this kind of way:
(Sura 2:6): As to the infidels, alike is it to them whether thou warn them or warn them not - they will not believe. Their hearts and ears hath God sealed up; and over their eyes a covering. For them a severe chastisement.
(Sura 2:250): And if God had pleased, they who came after them would not have wrangled, after the clear signs had reached them. But into disputes they fell: some of them believed, and some of them were infidels; yet if God pleased, they would not have thus wrangled: but God doth what He will.
(Sura 6:35): But if their estrangement be grievous unto thee, and if thou art able to seek out an opening into the earth, or a ladder into Heaven, that thou mightest bring them a sign.... Yes! But if God pleased, He would surely bring them, one and all into the guidance!
(Sura 6:39): God will mislead whom He pleaseth, and whom He pleases He will place on a straight path.
(Sura 6:88): This is God's guidance. He guideth by it such of His servants as He will.
(Sura 6:107): Had God pleased they had not joined other gods with Him (this is the 'sin' Sura 4:116 says Allah will never forgive).
(Sura 6:112): Thus have we given an enemy to every prophet - Satans among men, and jinn: tinsel discourses do they suggest the one to the other, in order to deceive: and had thy Lord willed it, they would not have done it.
(Sura 6:125): And whom God shall be pleased to guide, that man's breast will He open to Islam; but whom He shall please to mislead, strait and narrow will He make his breast, as though he were mounting up into the very Heavens! Thus God doth inflict dire punishment on those who believe not (and whom he intended never should).
(Sura 6:138): Thus have the companion-gods induced many of these, who join them with God, to slay their children, that they might ruin them, and throw the cloak of confusion over their religion. But if God pleased they had not done this. Therefore leave them to their devices.
(Sura 6:150): Say: 'Peremptory proof is God's. Had He pleased He had guided you all aright.'
(Sura 7:176): He whom God guideth is the guided, and they whom He misleadeth shall be lost.
(Sura 7:185): No other guide for him whom God shall mislead! He will leave them distraught in their wanderings.
(Sura 10:26): And God calleth to the abode of peace; He guideth whom He will into the right way.
(Sura 10:96): Verily, they against whom a decree of thy Lord is pronounced, shall not believe.
(Sura 10:99): But if thy Lord had pleased, verily all who are in the earth would have believed together. What! wilt thou compel them to become believers?
Yet, after remonstrating with Muhammad for desiring men to become Muslims against the will of Allah, we note other Suras exhort Muslims to kill, crucify, and mutilate, those who oppose Islam - in order to compel them to become Muslims!
(Sura 10:100): No soul shall believe but by the permission of God; and He shall lay His wrath on those who will not understand (what Allah never intended they should understand).
(Sura 5:46): For him whom God would mislead, thou canst in no wise prevail with God. They whose hearts God shall not please to cleanse, shall suffer disgrace in this world, and in the next a grievous punishment.
(Sura 5:54): And if God pleased He had surely made you one people.
(Sura 11:36): Nor if God desire to mislead you, shall my counsel profit you, though I fain would counsel you aright (Muhammad apparently more concerned to save men than Allah!).
(Sura 13:30): But all sovereignty is in the hands of God. Do then believers doubt that had He pleased God would certainly have guided all men aright?
(Sura 14:4): And in order that we might speak plainly unto them, we have not sent any Apostle, save with the speech of his own people; but God misleadeth whom He will, and whom He will he guideth): and He is the Mighty, the Wise.
(Sura 14:25): They shall say: 'If God has guided us, we surely would have guided you. It is now all one whether we be impatient, or endure with patience. We have no escape.
(Sura 16:38): And to every people we have sent an apostle saying: Worship God and turn away from Taghout (an Arabian idol). Some of them were there whom God guided, and others were decreed to err.
In the previous verse it is said the people already believed this doctrine:
They who have joined other gods with God say, 'Had He pleased, neither we nor our fathers had worshipped gods aught but him; nor should we, apart from him, have forbidden aught.'
(Sura 17:4): And every man's fate have we fastened about his neck.
(Sura 17:57): Your Lord knoweth you: if He please He will have mercy upon you; or if He please He will chastise you: and we have not sent thee to be a guardian over them.
(Sura 18:16): Guided indeed is he whom God guideth; but for him whom He would mislead, thou shalt by no means find a patron, director.
(Sura 18:55-56): But who is worse than he who when told of the signs of his Lord, turneth him away and forget what in times past his hands have wrought? Truly we have thrown veils over their hearts lest they should understand this Qur'an, and into their ears a heaviness.
(Sura 16:95): Had God pleased, He would have made you one people: but He causeth to err whom He will, and whom He will He guideth: and ye shall assuredly be called to account for your doings.
(Sura 17:98): And he whom God guideth will be guided indeed, and whom he shall mislead thou shalt find none to assist.
(Sura 35:9): Shall he, the evil of whose deeds are so tricked out of him that he deemeth them good, be treated like him who seeth things aright? Verily God misleadeth whom He will, and guideth whom He will. Spent not thy soul in signs for them.
(Sura 40:35): And he whom God shall mislead, no guide shall there be for him.
(Sura. 42:6): Had God so pleased He would have made them to be one people, and of one creed: But He bringeth whom He will within His mercy.
(Sura 45:22): What thinkest thou? He who hath made a god of his passions, and whom God causeth wilfully to err, and whose ears and heart He hath sealed up, and over whose sight He hath placed a veil - who, after his rejection by God, shall guide such a one?
(Sura 57:22): No mischance either on earth or in your own persons, but ere we created them, it was in the Book (of our eternal decrees).
(Sura 74:34): Thus God misleadeth whom He will, and whom He will He doth He guide aright and none knoweth the armies of thy Lord but He Himself.
(Sura 74:55,56): For this Qur'an is warning enough. And whoso will, it warneth him. But not unless God please, shall they be warned.
Contradictions in other Suras
(Sura 3:80-83): How shall God guide a people, who, after they believed and bore witness that the apostle was true, and after that the clear proofs of his mission had reached them, disbelieved? God guideth not the people who transgress. These their recompense, that the curse of God, and of angels and of men, is on them! Under it shall they abide for ever! Their torment shall not be assuaged! Nor shall God even look upon them! Save those who after this repent and amend; for verily God is gracious, merciful.'The Night of Power'
(cf. Sura 3:86-89 - Shakir): How shall Allah guide a people who disbelieved after their believing and (after) they had borne witness that the Messenger was true and clear arguments had come to them; and Allah does not guide the unjust people. 3:87 (As for) these, their reward is that upon them is the curse of Allah and the angels and of men, all together. Abiding in it; their chastisement shall not be lightened nor shall they be respited. 3:89 Except those who repent after that and amend, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
Note first that there is the contradiction between this Sura which states that some after believing may transgress, be led astray, and 39:36,37 which says those whom Allah guides cannot be misled: 'But there shall be no guide for him whom God misleadeth. And he whom he guideth shall have none to mislead him.'
Second, after transgressing by abandoning their belief in Allah, they may repent and make amends. But since it is stated that 'God guideth not those who transgress', they will return to Allah without his guidance and, since his guidance is his will, this is contrary to his will!
So we read:
(Sura 16:9): Of God it is to point out 'the Way'! Some turn aside from it: but had He pleased He would have guided you all aright.
(Sura 41:16): And as to Themod we had vouchsafed to them guidance: but to guidance did they prefer blindness; therefore the tempest of a shameful punishment overtook them for their doings.
Here again we have the contradiction of 39:37. Here also we have the doctrine of Free Will - Allah's will to guide them - defeated!
This is another gross contradiction, for the many Suras quoted which declare that Allah misleads whom he will, has created all the evil in them, and acts just as he pleases, purely arbitrarily without regard to moral principles, leave absolutely no room for free will. This is not the God of the Bible!
There is much else in the Qur'an which absolutely necessitates free will in man in order to make sense, for no one can live who acts consistently on the theory that his every act, thought and word is predetermined for him and there is nothing he can do about it! Such a 'doctrine' is impossible to live by and is, self-evidently, utterly false. It is no wonder Muslims had to write the hadith and many books explaining the Qur'an to try and write 'free will,' and therefore the possibility of repentance, into their faith to assuage guilty consciences that often despair to the point of suicide - which forms the ready supply of tragic terrorist-bombers and self-immolations (mainly among women trapped in the slavery of 'arranged marriages')!
In another attempt to explain the unexplainable and illogical contradiction, Muhammad had the 'revelation' of Sura 97:
Verily, we have caused it (the Qur'an) to descend on the night of power. And who shall teach thee what the night of power is? The night of power excelleth a thousand months: Therein descend the angels and the spirit by permission of thy Lord for every matter; And all is peace till the breaking of the morn.
The 'night of power' - Al Kadr ('Power, Fate') - is one of the last ten nights of Ramadan, and is commonly believed to be the seventh of those nights (reckoning backward).
Sura 44:1-4 supposedly explains what is meant by 'Permission of thy Lord for ever matter':
Ha Min. By this clear Book! See on a blessed night have we sent it down, for we would warn mankind; On the night wherein all things are disposed in wisdom, By virtue of our behest. Lo! we have sent forth Apostles.
Rodwell in his footnote on this Sura says the 'blessed night' is the 23rd or 24th of Ramadan, in which all the events of the subsequent year are arranged! 'Disposed in wisdom' means 'proceeding direct from the will of Him whose will is Absolute' - since everything which happens is decreed to so happen, there being no free will in man, and therefore we read:
(Sura 9:51 - Yusuf Ali): Say: "Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has decreed for us: He is our protector": and on Allah let the Believers put their trust.
(Sura 87:1-3): Praise the name of thy Lord The Most High, Who hath created and balanced all things, Who hath fixed their destinies, and guideth them.
As previously noted, Sura 28:15 (Yusuf Ali - or 14 in other translations) declares Satan to be a misleader:
And he (Moses) entered the city at a time when its people were not watching: and he found there two men fighting,- one of his own religion, and the other, of his foes. Now the man of his own religion appealed to him against his foe, and Moses struck him with his fist and made an end of him. He said: "This is a work of Evil (Satan): for he is an enemy that manifestly misleads!"
So, incredibly, the Qur'an gives the same character of 'misleading' to Satan which it gives to Allah throughout the whole Qur'an! No one whose moral sense has not been deceived by Satan could possibly believe in such a God as these Suras reveal. That any Moslem can have any sense of sin at all, when the Qur'an makes both good and evil impossible as the pre-determined will of Allah, just shows that Satan cannot wholly destroy conscience despite his utmost efforts to do so. Yet this doctrine is the only logical conclusion from the supposition that free will in the creature is incompatible with the sovereignty of God. The true doctrine of Divine sovereignty is that God is sovereign in His permissive will as well as in His directive, purposive will, and free will is necessarily involved in the creation of moral beings.
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