This topic came up on another thread and the Muslim engaged in the discussion avoided this direct question. I am wondering if any other Muslims would like to answer it:
Qur’an 74:31 NQ And We have set none but angels as guardians of the Fire, and We have fixed their number (19) only as a trial for the disbelievers, in order that the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) may arrive at a certainty [that this Qur’ân is the truth as it agrees with their Books i.e. their number (19) is written in the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] and the believers may increase in Faith (as this Qur’ân is the truth) and that no doubts may be left for the people of the Scripture and the believers, and that those in whose hearts is a disease (of hypocrisy) and the disbelievers may say: “What Allâh intends by this (curious) example ?” Thus Allâh leads astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And none can know the hosts of your Lord but He. And this (Hell) is nothing else than a (warning) reminder to mankind.
I know that many muslims claim that a major theme of Islam and a major attribute of Allah’s is mercy.
Please tell me how is that merciful?
A person doesn’t believe Muhammad, so god himself leads the person astray for the rest of his life, thereby causing that person to go to hell. What chance does the person have? Where is the mercy? If god is lying to you, how would you detect it?