Why Islam’s God is morally inadequate.


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.”

6 responses to “Why Islam’s God is morally inadequate.

  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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