This brief series followed my post “Muslims, Christians, and the One True God” in which I make note of the Vatican II documents Lumen Gentium and Nostra Aetate which both state that Muslims along with Christians adore the one true God.
What’s in a Name?
What’s in a Name? Pt. 2: Yahweh
What’s in a Name? Pt. 3: Allah
What’s in a Name? Pt. 4: Is Yahweh Allah?
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Allah is the Arabic word for God, as you point out in one of your posts, and it is important to put it that way: “Is Yahweh God (even if one translates the question into Arabic)?” I doubt many Christians or Jews would answer “no”!
The issues between Christians, Jews and Muslims have to do with how we think about God, but even less about that than about what God may or may not have done and may or may not desire from us.
Thanks for sharing these posts!
James: Very true, but as I said in the posts, if we use Allah in a generic sense then there’s no problem, but as a personal name which entails all the differences in how we think about God and what God does/desires from us then we need to make the distinction.
“but as a personal name which entails all the differences in how we think about God and what God does/desires from us then we need to make the distinction.”
I wonder though if this line of thinking doesn’t then mean that everyone, every Christian worships a different God even if they use the same name since everyone thinks about God differently and everyone has different ideas of what God does/desires from us. There are some very committed Christians who’s conception of God is probably closer to the Muslim God than it is to the God revealed in Jesus.
Bryan: I’d be hard pressed to call such folk “Christians” then. I think “idolators” might be more appropriate. That is what idolatry is after all, worshipping something other than the God revealed in Christ.
But I’m not so sure that every Christian has such different ideas about God and what he wants from us, and certainly I wouldn’t think the differences that do exist to be as radical as those between Christianity and Islam.