Is God Deceptive?
Non-Muslims always bring up the topic of Allah swt being the “best of deceivers”. In response I say that God of the Bible also deceivers:
Jeremiah 4:10 Then I said, “Ah, Sovereign LORD, how completely you have DECEIVED (nasha) this people and Jerusalem by saying, ‘You will have peace,’ when the sword is at our throats.”
1 Kings 22:20-22 20 And the LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’ “One suggested this, and another that. 21 Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’ 22 ” ‘By what means?’ the LORD asked. ” ‘I will go out and be a LYING SPIRIT in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. ” ‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the LORD. ‘GO AND DO IT.’ 23″Now therefore, behold, the LORD has put a DECEIVING spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; and the LORD has proclaimed disaster against you.”
The response I got from one Christian is : ”
Continuing … verse 12 “and so that all will be CONDEMNED who have not believed the truth but have
delighted in wickedness.”
Its the punishment for lying and believing in lies. When people start believing in lies and spreading them, then God puts them in a state of delusion which hardens their hearts (according to the commentary by Dr. Grant C. Rischison). And this explanation is also exactly same in Quran where Allah says He will harden the hearts of sinners and disbelievers. This is the cause of the sin. God has made the truth and falsehood very clear and now man has the choice to accept or reject:
“Say, ‘The truth is from your Lord’: Let him who will believe, and let him who will, reject (it): for the
wrong-doers We have prepared a Fire whose (smoke and flames), like the walls and roof of a tent, will hem them in” (Quran 18:29)
“Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.”
“Ultimately, God will give non-believers what they want.” – Dr. Grant.
People can lie and tell truth. God allows both. People who choose to lie, will see the consequences. They are condemned says the Bible. How? He will plan the best way to punish the deceivers. 2 Timothy 3:13 say “while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived”. Deceivers will see consequences by being deceived themselves. Their deception will hit back at them. Who hits back? God, of course. In other words, they will be punished.
And this brings me to the point in the Quran 3:54 where it says of the disbelievers: “And they schemed, but Allah planned. And Allah is the best of planners.”
Just as false prophets schemed with lies, so did the disbelievers in the Quran and Allah allowed that when He could have easily stopped. But this was choice given to them. And Allah makes the best plans (consequences/punishment) for those who lie and deceive. So you see what the Bible says about God giving choices and consequences are no different to the ones given in the Quran. Allah is the best to teach the liars and deceivers a lesson. Everything is accomplished by the Will of God and He does it according to His Plans and He is indeed the Best to plan.