One of the most common claim that Christians shout at is that their God loves everybody, including us Muslims. They most likely say this to try and make us feel good and happy, however so I don’t like the thought of that, that God loves everybody. Does your God love Satan?! Does your God love the unbelievers? Does your God love the rapists?! Does your God love the wrongdoers ?! Does your God love the murderers?! Does your God love the oppressive?! Does your God love the drug dealers?! …..etc.
They also criticize Allah for not loving everyone. They criticize Allah because he does not love the unbelievers (3:32) for example. Now I am not going to explain or defend this, but let us focus in this doctrine.
They get this doctrine of love due to their understanding of John 3:16 which reads:
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
So the overwhelming majority of Christians believe this verse means that God loves everybody, the good, and the bad. And because of this you will also see a lot of Christians always saying they love you, and they love everybody, that they just hate the sin.
Now this concept may sound all nice colorful but there is a big problem with it. Because in Christianity there is the concept of heaven and hell, the evil people will go to hell and burn in the flaming acid lake, while the believers will go to heaven with God. And here lies the problem and contradiction, because how can an all-loving God condemn a person to suffer and be tortured in the burning lake for all times?! It makes no sense whatsoever and it is a clear crystal contradiction!
Does it make sense that God loves you yet he will send you to receive a very painful torment for the rest of your doomed life? Of course it doesn’t, therefore this concept of an all-loving God with the concept of a human being thrown into the hell shows that Christian theology is inconsistent and contradictory, because an all-loving God would NOT condemn a person to a painful punishment for his whole life.
Now since Christians know that this is a problem they will counter by using the parenting example. They will say “well parents love their kid’s right? Yet parents still discipline their children when they are bad don’t they? Does this mean the parent doesn’t love his or her child?”
This analogy and example used by the Christians is very weak, and deceptive, because number one when a parent disciplines his or her child does the parent discipline the child for eternity?! Does the parent lock their children up for eternity?! Of course not. Secondly when the parents discipline their child, do the parents physically and mentally hurt their child for eternity?! Of course not!
So therefore the analogy fails badly, because when God punishes you with hell it is forever, when parents punish their children it is only for a day or two, or a week, or a month at most, it is NOT for eternity! Parents eventually forgive their child, yet God will not forgive you in the hereafter if you’re not a believer and will keep you to suffer in hell forever, hence the analogy fails very badly! And last but not least no loving parents in their right mind would cause so much physical and mental pain to their children as the hell-fire would!
So Christians really do have a big problem with this belief, they have 2 choices to do something about it, either they admit the doctrine of love is contradictory and inconsistent and wrong. Or they admit that their interpretation of John 3:16 is wrong and that God actually does not love everybody, which will then mean Christians have been FALSE PREACHING to the masses for all this time with this false doctrine, and it will mean that their entire perception of God has changed, and that they no longer can have any valid argument against Islam which does not preach that God loves all. Either way the Christian is at a loss.
However so once again this claim that God loves us all as Christians commonly assert is yet another myth they have invented. Christians who have some knowledge of the Bible will know that their God does not love everyone, and saying he does is a lie and an invention in his name.
Anyways, the main point I want to make is that if Christians want to use this argument against the Quranic perception of God, then they are going to shoot themselves in the foot. This is because the Biblical perception of God shows that God hates people as well. I don’t expect Christians to accuse me of committing the fallacy of tu quoque for I am not trying to defend the Quranic perception of God by simply pointing out that it exists in the Bible as well. For I don’t see anything rationally objectionable against the idea of God hating someone in the first place.
Let us look at some verses of the Bible regarding God hating people…
1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
Notice the verse says that God HATES workers of inequity, it does not say that God hates the sin or the crime, it explicitly says that God hates the WORKERS of inequity, this basically means God hates the men who commit sins and so on. This is enough to debunk this entire myth, but we shall post another verse to completely crush the myth:
23 You must not live according to the customs of the nations I am going to drive out before you. Because they did all these things, I abhorred them.
30 I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies on the lifeless forms of your idols, and I will abhor you.
Some Christians desperately reply back that God is intending to say that He hates the sin and not the sinners. This is clearly playing with the plain reading of the texts. However, there are clear verses that silence this argument…
Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
Here God is saying that He hated Esau. Esau is a person. Not an action. Esau is not a sin, but a sinner. So God clearly stated that He hated a sinner.
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
So here we see that God hates false witnesses and people that cause discord between brethren. These appear to be sinners and not sins.
5 The LORD examines the righteous,
but the wicked and those who love violence
his soul hates.
Once again, the God of the Bible does not love everyone.
At the end of the day this all proves that Christians hardly know anything about their Bible, and all they know is what their church has told them, I call on Christians to read their Bible on their own, without a priest or some bishop over them who will simply distort what the Bible says and make things up. Some may object to me saying that Christians hardly know their Bible, well is that claim false? Nearly every single Christian goes around saying God loves all, yet the Bible explicitly says the opposite, this proves that they don’t really know their Bible nor have they bothered to read it.
In fact I call on Christians who have hardly read their Bible to read the Quran instead since it will be much better for them. But the choice is up to you.
The purpose of this article was not to criticize the God of the Bible for hating the wicked people, For I don’t see anything rationally objectionable against the idea of God hating someone in the first place, as I said before. but it is only to show that if Christians want to attack the Quranic perception of God because of this then they are shooting themselves in the foot by attacking the same concept of God found in the Bible.
And God Knows Best…