"If on the day of judgment God passes the evil people into heaven, and the good people into hell, then we would not have a right to question, because this is the way of God, and He is above all of our comprehension." Imam Al Ghazzali, "one of our best theologians" (quoted by Abdullah Kunde in a recent debate, beginning around 9:18 in the last section, questions and answers. See below.)
Here is an excellent debate between Muslim Abdullah Kunde and Christian Samuel Green: It gets to the heart of the issues of the differences between Islam and Christianity. Islam believes the Qur’an is “the savior”, not a person. Islam teaches that what man needs most is guidance and laws and dos and don’ts in order to control people and make a moral and clean and right society, with the right worship of Allah. Really, in consistent Islam, it not just the Qur’an that is “savior” of society, but it is Islamic law, which derives from the Qur’an and the Hadith and others sources. (see below) The most important thing that drives Islam's goals of conquering the world for Allah is instituting external laws to improve society, in their view, not freedom from sin and guilt and salvation from the wrath of God. In order to conquer the world for Allah, the sensual rewards in paradise were added for fighting and dying in Jihad (struggle)/Qatal (fighting) against the unbelievers. Those sensual rewards are what motivated the Muslims to fight and seek to conquer the world.
Yet, Abdullah Kunde confessed that no Islamic government consistently follows Islamic law; not Saudi Arabia (Sunni version), and not Iran (Shiite version). (The two supreme examples of governments that would claim they are following the Sharia law and creating a just and good society.)
If the Muslims have no example of this "utopia" here on earth; then why should we trust that they would be able to accomplish this in the west? Of course they cannot. People are too wicked and sinful and lots of sin goes on in the Muslim world secretly. External laws cannot change the heart. But the good news is that Christ can change the heart. (Ezekiel 36:26; John 3:1-21; 2 Cor. 5:17; Galatians 5:22-23)
Christianity teaches that man cannot clean himself up and that what humans need most is salvation from their sins. God Himself comes and saves by the incarnation of Christ and His atonement on the cross and Jesus’ resurrection proves that His atonement was true and that He truly was and is the eternal Son of God who became flesh and lived and taught and allowed sinful men to crucify Him and He turned away the wrath of God by His powerful atonement and sacrifice; and He satisfied the justice and holiness of God by becoming the sin offering and guilt offering. "Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29; see also I John 2:2; Revelation 5:9 and 7:9; Isaiah 53)
Abdullah Kunde is one of the better Muslim debaters, in my opinion, because he is calm and respectful and doesn’t play any tricky word games (like Ahmad Deedat and Zakir Naik) or get angry or make too many ad hominem or emotional arguments or “guilt by association” type of arguments. He seems really sincere, but, of course, he is sincerely wrong.
Debate: Savior of the World, Jesus or the Qur'an?
Sam Shamoun provides some excellent responses to Abdullah Kunde’s arguments:
I wish that I had learned the Hadith well when I first started witnessing to Muslims, 27 years ago. At that time, there was no internet, and the 9 volume book set of Sahih Al Bukahri was expensive and hard to come by, let alone trying to purchase also the other sets of Hadith. Thanks to the internet, Christians can now research and see the Hadith complete collections of Sahih Al Bukhari, Sahih Al Muslim, and Malik Muwatta; and partial collections of Sunan Abu Dawood also. The media focuses only on the Qur’an, but there are many things in Islamic theology and jurisprudence (Legal basis for Sharia law includes not only the Qur’an, but the Hadith, Tafsirs (commentaries), Tarikh (Islamic History) and Sirat (biography of the prophet of Islam, Muhamamd.)
Sam Shamoun - Response to Kunde - Part 1
Shamoun Response to Kunde – Part 2
Shamoun Response to Kunde - Part 3.
“Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties; for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise. They fight in Allah's Cause, so they kill (others) and are killed. It is a promise in truth which is binding on Him in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and the Qur'an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? Then rejoice in the bargain which you have concluded. That is the supreme success.” Qur’an Surah 9:111 Hilali-Khan
Most of the other versions of the Qur’an in English also say that this promise is “binding” on Allah. This is very interesting. This is probably why is the common Islamic belief that no one can know if one will go to paradise except for dying in Jihad. That is the only guarantee of “salvation” in Islam.
Shamoun concludes: (in his response in part 1)
“However, if Allah isn't under any necessary obligation to save anyone and doesn't have to commit to keeping his promise or fulfilling his obligation to his servants then this means that Allah is a lying, deceitful, capricious deity who cannot be taken at his word. Such a god cannot be trusted and is unworthy of being worshiped.”
Indeed, it seems one of the fundamental differences between the God of the Bible and the god of Islam is that the God of the Bible wills and acts according to His good and holy nature; whereas the god of Islam’s main principle is His will power to do whatever He wants, and His will is over any kind of obligation to act according to a good and holy nature. That is, Allah can go back on His promise and not be faithful, if He wants to. The Holiness of God is emphasized more in the Bible, whereas in the Qur'an, the emphasis is on the will power of Allah. Although Abdullah Kunde admitted that Allah does not sin and does not lie; Muslims don't spend much time explaining how that can be in the light of Qur'an 3:54 - that Allah is the very best of deceivers/ schemers and that one still must put the power of Allah's will above any promise to be faithful and above His character of holiness and goodness.
The debate shows that Muslims clearly misunderstand the Trinity and the distinction between one substance and three persons, and other things like the voluntary sacrifice of Christ, the promise of God for eternal life, the guilt of all humans because of sin in Adam.
They call the doctrine of the Trinity “illogical and a contradiction” because they fail to see the Oneness of God in His nature/substance/essence and the Three-ness of God in His persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They hear our explanations with their physical ears, but they cannot hear the truth spiritually. ( John 8:43)
Muslims struggle with understanding the redemption that God provided in Christ. They call the sacrifice of Christ for our sins an injustice. They think that we believe that God (the Father) forced Jesus to pay for our sins; whereas the truth is that Jesus, the eternal Son, freely and voluntarily laid down His life for us. (John 10:18)
Why do Muslims think that a promise from God that He makes to us; makes Him somehow lower than man and less powerful, if God Himself is faithful and honest and cannot lie? That would be an interesting discussion and debate to have; about the nature of God, the character of faithfulness, truthfulness, the issue of lying, and the trustworthiness of God’s word and promise.
The Muslims seem to think that God cannot be obligated to fulfill His word of promise to us; for that would make Allah somehow lower, or less powerful. What if God is by nature faithful and cannot lie? (see Titus 1:2 and Hebrews 6:13-20; I Corinthians 1:9; I Thessalonians 5:24; Lamentations 3:23-24) The Hebrews 6 passage tells us that God could not swear by anything higher than Himself. His character and nature is above any kind of capricious will that Allah has in Islam. God swears by Himself, because His character and nature is perfect and faithful and true.
But the God of Islam had to add a law to Himself to order Himself not to do any injustice or oppression:
“Abu Dharr reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, said: My servants, I have made oppression unlawful for Me and unlawful for you, so do not commit oppression against one another.” Sahih Al Muslim Book 032, Number 6246
Allah had to command Himself, just like he commands humans to not do any oppression or injustice. Interesting. His capricious will is more foundational to his character, than a holy and good nature.
The Al Ghazzali statement about judgment day that Abdullah Kunde quoted was very interesting indeed! Al Ghazzali see a Muslim web-site dedicated to him (1058 – 1111 AD, born in north east Iran, in the city of Tus in the Khorrasan province.) is still considered one of the most famous and respected Muslim theologians of Islamic history. He is like Augustine for Christians, Luther and Calvin for Reformed Christians. http://www.ghazali.org/
Abdullah Kunde quoted it at the end on the last video section of questions from the audience:
"If on the day of judgment God passes the evil people into heaven, and the good people into hell, then we would not have a right to question, because this is the way of God, and He is above all of our comprehension." Imam Al Ghazzali, "one of our best theologians"
I am still trying to track that quote down. I hope to find it someday. I have heard many Muslims say this in the past 27 years, and since Abdullah Kunde affirms it, I have no doubt that Al Ghazzali wrote something like that, and that this is very deep in the psyche of Muslims as to how they see Allah.
If all Muslims agree with that statement that it is Islamic theology and not much disagreement; then that is enough for anyone not to want to become a Muslim, for it reveals the arbitrary and capricious nature of Allah and that His capricious will is above His nature/character and any promise or word to be faithful to that promise that He would give to believers.
But the God of the Bible cannot lie and is faithful to His promises. God's will never contradicts His nature. The true God is both pure and holy and good and Sovereign. In the Bible and Christianity, the true God, His will proceeds from His nature and does not contradict it. We can rely and trust on a perfect holy and good and faithful and loving God. That is good news!
God cannot lie.
God cannot sin, and is not tempted by sin.
I guess that is why Muslims do not really have real peace in their hearts, for they know that Allah can "outwit" / deceive / trick them on the final day. “Allah is the best of deceivers/schemers/tricksters" (Quran 3:54; 8:30; 10:21)
Yet, Jesus promises true peace (John 14:27, Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 5:1-11) and eternal life to those who repent of their sin and trust in Him. (John 3:16; 3:36; 5:24; 20:30-31; Acts 2:38; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10, many other verses).
Dr. White makes an excellent point in addition to Sam Shamoun’s response number 2 to Abdullah Kunde:
“If you are going to say the Federal Headship of Adam or the imputation of sins to Jesus in His sacrifice are "illogical," then say the same thing about the corresponding beliefs in Islam.”
Why Sharia (Islamic law) should never be allowed in the west:
Abdullah Kunde also revealed why the west should never allow Sharia law to be introduced - he admitted that it is a rule that Christians cannot build new churches. (based on the Pact of Umar or Omar)see here about The Pact of Umar, second Khalif of Islam; died in 644 AD The Pact of Umar, is also the basis for not allowing any evangelization in the Muslim world. see another article here on the pact of Umar and other "dhimmi" verses from the Qur'an and Hadith This along with the second class status of being “dhimmis”, and having to pay the Jizeye tribute tax of submission to the Islamic state (see Surah 9:29), eventually led to the complete disappearance of Christians and Jews in some places in the middle east and North Africa. Over the centuries Christians have fled and immigrated to get away from the unjust and harsh treatment of the Islamic Ummah. The small minority communities that have survived to today are constantly under attack, killed, and churches are being burned. (Iraq, Egypt) This also happens a lot where the Islamic community wants to enforce its will on the Christian populations, Sudan, Nigeria, Indonesia). The largest surviving community of descendants of these Christians in the Middle east are the Coptic church in Egypt, who are constantly persecuted.
What an unjust religion! This exposes the ultimate Islamic agenda in the west. There is no real freedom of thought, or of religion in Islam. “If any one leaves the Islamic faith, kill him.” This is what the Hadith says. see Sahih Al Bukhari 9:84:57 They should not be allowed to have Sharia compliant options in the west, as this leads to a slow takeover of western culture. If Muslims are given the freedom and chance again, they will seek to force westerners to Islam the way they did in early history of Islam in the Middle East and North Africa and Persia, and then not allow evangelism or conversions of Muslims to become Christians, and not allow any new churches to be built.