I Say God or I say Allah, Tomayto, Tomahto?
Are you ready for this one?
A Dutch Catholic Bishop in the Netherlands suggests referring to God as "Allah", saying "Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will call God 'Allah'?" Bishop Martinus Petrus Maria Muskens asked in an interview on Dutch TV this week. "God doesn't care what we call him."
Needless to say, this has Catholics and Muslims upset, but the "good" Bishop has ruffled some feathers before when he suggested condoms as a cure for AIDS.
(not a bad idea, ...but in conflict with church doctrine on several levels)
Liberals should LOVE this God is Allah thing though... ahhhhhh, if we could all just call our God by anyname we choose or even make up a new name for God to represent no God at all and words mean nothing, and we all just got along with each other in peace... ahhhhh.
There is one tiny little flaw in the Bishop's idea. The Islamofascists would be the first to kill him...
in the name of Allah of course.
UPDATE: 08/20/07 This pretty much says it all... Is Allah the God of the Bible? and Here is an excellent piece on this subject.... and another which refutes claims that Allah and God are the same...this from an Arab Christian blog... and this from truthwatch or this from an archaeological perspective on Muslim claims that God is Allah.
Sorry folks, Allah cannot be the father of Jesus, since "it" is neither male nor female and it has no children. But if it (Allah) did have children, they wouldn't be Jewish... that's for sure...yikes can you imagine the scandal? It would take the wind out of the entire Islamic movement for the extermination of Israel. Is the Islamic goal to exterminate the Jews just a big cover-up to hide this?
Headlines: ALLAH'S LOVE CHILD IS A JEW ?
Now I don't claim to be an expert on Christianity or religion, but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express once... and as far as I can tell,
Allah by its' own singular definition of itself cannot also be The God of the Holy Bible known in three persons as The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit... as well the definitions of Allah are in direct conflict with Christian belief that Jesus Christ (a Jew) is indeed the son of God and arose from the dead as one of only two possible paths to salvation and Gods grace. (hint: neither path involves blowing yourself up or eliminating God's "chosen people")
"God" from the Holy Bible and Allah from the Qur'an are more opposite and in direct conflict than the same, if anything.