Those who are [led] astray
While I have added my own thoughts, the credit for this argument belongs to others, yet it is one that bears thinking about by non-Muslims and Muslims alike.
The opening prayer of the Quran (1.6-7), the Fatiha or Opening, is as follows:
Guide us to the Straight Way
The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace , not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger (such as the Jews), nor of those who went astray (such as the Christians)
This is taken from http://www.noblequran.com/translation/
The Islamic perspective on the “people of the Book” is certainly not a friendly one if I read this correctly. Yet, how do we know that Allah is not deceiving the Muslims, and deceived Mohammed?
We know Mohammed was fooled by Satan into delivering false revelations; the story of the Satanic Verses is an unpopular and embarrassing subject for many Muslims even today.
The Quran does inform us that “Allah is the best of deceivers”. So can we take Allah at his word?
Let’s try this on for size:
1. Allah deceives people into thinking that Jesus was crucified, as per this verse and others:
Surah 4:157 “That they said (in boast), ‘We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of Allah’ – but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not.”(Yusuf Ali translation)
2. Allah thus promotes a foundational act of the religion he condemns.
3. Allah teaches Muslims to harshly judge the Christians who believe in Jesus for believing in the deception that Allah himself perpetrated.
Surely Allah works in mysterious ways.
From this we conclude that Allah is a deceiver. This is directly stated in the Quran.
To conclude. What other deceptive acts has this deceiving Allah committed, and who else has he deceived?