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Is It Appropriate for Arab Christians To Call God “Allah”?
WRF Member Thomas Schirrmacher
In a attached article, we inspect a direct [issued by some Christian groups in Germany and a USA] that Arab Christians should not residence God as Allah in prayer, and that we should never describe a Arabic tenure “Allah” as “Gott” in German (or “God” in English). I benefaction a following arguments opposite this opinion and in in support of a perspective that “Allah” is a best and many healthy nomination for a Biblical God:
1. “Allah” corresponds to a Old Testament designations for God, “El” and “Elohim.” That is a unanimous opinion of Islamic studies and Old Testament Biblical scholars.
2. The designations “Elohim,” “El,” and “Theos” used by Jews and Christians in a Old and New Testaments were common to their non-believer environment. Jews and Christians used these terms for a loyal God as good as for fake Gods. The Bible exclusively uses designations for God that were also used for other deities.
3. Arabic churches and Christians have always called God “Allah ‘ in confessions, in prayer, and in literature. Arab Christians and Jews called a Biblical God “Allah” prolonged before Mohammed appeared. What else could they have done? At a Council of Nicea, 6 Arab bishops participated and, during a Council of Chalcedon, there were twenty. They, of course, called God by a Arabic and common Semitic identifier, “Allah.”
4. “Allah” is not a name though rather a general term. Since a Arabic Koran is taken by Muslims to predominantly be untranslatable and given non-Arab Muslims have to contend their prayers in Arabic, Muslims also automatically tend to use a Arab word “Allah” for God in languages other than Arabic. In Germany, Muslims also use a German word “Gott” in further to a informed unfamiliar word “Allah.”
5. Given a Arabic feeling for language, “Allah” is not a name of God, as it appears to be when transliterated into Western languages, though rather it is accepted in a strange definition to be ‘the God’ (“al-ilah,” engaged to “Allah”). In Hebrew, “El” and “Elohim” are general terms, in a clarity of a function or a bureau of “God,” while “Yahweh” is a name of God. Jesus Christ as good has a personal name, “Jesus,” and a nomination of his office, “the Christ.”
6. In Arabic there is no choice to “Allah” as a name of God, since “Allah,” prolonged before Mohammed, was utterly simply a Arabic nomination for a Creator God.
7. The German word “Gott” was reduction suitable and from pre-Christian times some-more sinister than “Allah.” That is to say, that while “Allah” corresponds to a Old Testament’s “El” and does not impute to a specific idol, a Germanic peoples did not have a nomination for an all-embracing Creator God. “Gott” is namely subsequent from “ghu,” that has a definition “to interest to” or “call upon.” As an “appealed to being,” then, a word indeed means “a being called on by sorcery words.”
8. The doubt of either one believes in a same God is not so elementary as it competence primarily sound. This is due to a fact that people can trust in a same God though can have totally opposite views of him. Who would wish to repudiate that Jews trust in a same God as Christians, and nonetheless they have a wrong design of God that obstructs their approach to shelter in Jesus Christ? Jehovah‘s Witnesses and Mormons trust in a same God as Christians and nonetheless keep a totally wrong perspective of God. And in cases where several genealogical religions believed in a existence of a Creator God, who in many cases was not worshiped, missionaries, following Paul’s debate during a Areopagus, were scold not to disagree that this God did not exist.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS, SEE THE FULL ATTACHED ARTICLE.