When someone lies to you, how do you feel? Do you feel betrayed? Will you trust that person again?
Is Allah a deceiver to His people? The Quran states, “And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers” (Qs 3:54). According to this statement, Allah deceives people and He is the best Schemer. If this is true, can His promises be trusted?
Allah Deceived People During Isa Al-Masih’s Crucifixion
Muslims believe that Isa Al-Masih was not crucified, but it was someone who looked like Him.
The Jalalayn interpretation explains Surah 3:54. “(The disbelievers schemed) means . . . the Israelites towards Isa Al-Masih because they appointed someone who would kill Him secretly (and God schemed against them) by changing someone else’s face into Isa Al-Masih’s face so that they killed that person while Isa Al-Masih ascended to heaven (and God is the best of schemers.)”
If Allah deceived people in this case, is Allah a deceiver in other instances? If so, can he really be trusted?
Satan is a Deceiver According to the Injil
According to the Injil, Allah can’t deceive because He is Holy. Only Satan is the master schemer who deceives people. But, Allah protects people from evil when they believe in Him and Isa Al-Masih. (Injil, 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10, 3:3-5).
Prophecy About Isa Al-Masih’s Crucifixion
Isa Al-Masih prophesied about His crucifixion. “. . . They will condemn him [Isa] to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be . . . crucified . . .” (Matthew 20:18-19). The prophecy was fulfilled when the Roman soldiers “. . . crucified him [Isa] . . .” (Matthew 27:35).
Muslims may ask what are evidences of Isa Al-Masih’s crucifixion?
Historical Facts About Isa Al-Masih’s Crucifixion
Let’s see what non-Christian historians testified about Isa’s crucifixion.
Josephus (37-100 A.D.), a Jewish historian, wrote, “On these days, lived . . . Jesus [Isa Al-Masih] . . . Pontius Pilate commanded Him to be crucified until He died . . .”
A Roman historian, Tacitus (56-117 A.D.), recorded, “. . . Christ [Isa Al-Masih] . . . suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of Pontius Pilate . . .”
A Syrian philosopher, Mara Bar-Serapion (73-200 A.D.), reported, “What good that the Jews had by giving a death sentence to their wise King [Isa Al-Masih].”
These historians consistently agreed that Isa was crucified. If you have questions or objections, please email us here.
Faith in the True Messiah
Isa Al-Masih was truthful about His death, He never was deceitful. We can trust His promises. “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish . . .” (Injil, John 10:28).
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Questions for Contemplation
- Do you believe Allah deceives people? Why?
- According to this article, who is the master of deceiver? Why does he do it?
- Satan deceives people but Isa-Masih promises eternal life. What is the significance of Isa Al-Masih’s crucifixion?
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