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The Muslim conception of God
« on: July 10, 2015, 01:21:21 am »
Toty,
     Since we are interacting on the section of the forum that is reserved for discussion focused on ‘the nature of God’ I thought it might be interesting to dialogue about that very thing.  I recently watched a lecture by William Lane Craig entitled ‘The Concept of God in Islam and Christianity’ (http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2015/05/william-lane-craig-concept-of-god-in.html).  In this talk Dr Craig makes three main points about the Muslim conception of God. 
     First, Muhammad had a profound misunderstanding of what the Christian doctrine of the Trinity entails; in fact, the version of the Trinity that he rejected would have been rejected by any Christian.  Muhammad apparently thought that the Trinity was comprised of God the Father, Mary ‘the mother of God’, and Jesus ‘the Son of God’ (5:116).  This is simply fallacious, and so Dr Craig explains why Muhammad might have thought this, defines the Christian conception of the Trinity, and explains why the Trinity, when properly conceived is not problematic.       
     Second, Craig argues that since God is the greatest possible being of which we can conceive, God must be perfectly loving.  Love is a moral perfection, and if God is perfect then God must be perfectly loving.  Passages in the Bible like IJn4:10 (‘this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us…) and Rom5:8 (‘while we were still sinners Christ died for us’) demonstrate God’s unconditional love for human beings.  This is in stark contrast to passages in the Qur’an such as (3:32, 2:276, etc…) where it is stated over and over again that God does not love the unbelievers, the impious, the sinners, the evil doers, the proud, etc…  The Islamic conception of God is therefore a morally deficient understanding of who God is. 
     Third, Dr Craig points out that the moral shortcomings of Allah (as described above) are starkly revealed in the 9th Surah.  In the early years of Islam when Muhammad and his followers were in the minority, Muhammad was quite content to live at peace with those who disagreed with him (mostly Jews and Christians); however, once he gained the upper hand he wasn’t quite as tolerant.  The 9th Surah was written during the time when the military tide was flowing in Muhammad’s favor and contains chilling exhortations to ‘kill the unbeliever wherever you may find him’.  Islam grew by leaps and bounds in the decades immediately following Muhammad’s death, but it wasn’t through peaceful missionary work; rather, it was through military conquest.  That doesn’t seem to be quite the way a perfectly loving God would operate does it?