What does the Quran say about Allah’s love? Allah does not love those who exceed the limits. Allah does not love any ungrateful sinner. Allah does not love the unbelievers. Allah does not love the unjust. Allah does not love him who is proud, boastful. Allah does not love the extravagant. Allah does not love the treacherous. Allah does not love the mischief-makers. Allah does not love any arrogant boaster. The God of Islam only seems to love good Muslims. Allah has no love for rebellious sinners or unbelievers so would a God who doesn’t love sinners enter into the world to die for sinners? Of course not. The God of the Quran wouldn’t do that because he just doesn’t care about people that much. This is the real reason Muslims can’t grasp the incarnation and sacrificial death of Jesus.
I should also point out that Allah’s justice is limited and flawed. According to Islam, if Allah wants to forgive you he can just sweep your sins under the rug pretending they never happen. That may be merciful but it’s not just. Islam teaches that at the end of time there will be unpunished sin that means that Allah’s justice isn’t perfect. He’s going to let some sin slide. Now how does this compare with the one true God?
Well, the God of the Bible is perfect in his attributes. God’s love and mercy are perfect. God loves sinners so much that he entered into creation in order to pay the price for our sins.
Romans 5:6 to 8 says that while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates his own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Notice also that at the end of time, all sin is punished in Christianity. Either you pay for your own sin or you’re forgiven in which case Jesus himself takes the penalty. Since the God of the Bible punishes all sins, his justice is perfect.
Now I know that this is difficult for Muslims to grasp. They can’t comprehend a God who would love people so much that he would lay aside his glory, enter into his creation and pay the price for our sins. But let me ask you this my Muslim friends: Suppose you were king of the world dressed in royal robes. One day your servants are carrying you around. When you look over and see that your child is drowning in a pool of mud. Wouldn’t you throw your robes aside and dive right into that mud to save the child you love? Would it matter to you that you’re king of the world? No. All that would matter is your child if that’s how great your love is. How much greater do you think God’s love is? Enough to enter creation and die for us. That’s the God I’m proclaiming to you.