Thursday, May 12, 2016

Is ‘Allah’ God?

One of the questions Christians in the West frequently ask is whether the Arabic word “Allah” should be used to refer to the God of the Bible. This question particularly concerns those involved in Bible translation and theological education, but it is also vital for the church as it seeks to proclaim the gospel in Muslim regions.

The most popular response goes something like this: “The Allah of Islam is not the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” While this statement is true on the face of it, the linguistic question surrounding the legitimacy of “Allah” in Arabic Bible translation and theological writing often gets entangled with the broader discussion concerning God’s identity in Islam versus Christianity. Read More

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