Is Allah just Arabic for the God of the Bible? - 02/20/2009

Dear Ben,

It is such a joy to read all the articles etc on your site. I contend for the faith in chatrooms and it is usually with a Muslim onslaught. I have learnt so much from you and CARM in how to contend for the faith. Thank you for the wonderful work that you do.

I remember reading an article somewhere, and I thought it was on Contender, that clearly showed that the Allah of the Koran and Islam is NOT an extension of Yhwh of the Bible and the Father as we know Him in the New Testament, just using an Arabic name.

Can you help with this in any way or point me in the right direction to finding an answer that I can use that will clearly show that Allah IS NOT God by another name? I did not print a copy of the article when I read it and now I cannot seem to find it.

Once again may our God bless you richly in the work you do of contending for the faith and raising the banner of Jesus high for all to see! I have passed your details onto many believers here in South Africa who have all been as blessed as I am by your site.

With greetings and love in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Andre





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Hi Andre.  Thanks for writing, and thank you so much for the encouraging words.  You have no idea how much that means to us.  We're glad to hear you've been contending for your faith.  Allah IS an Arabic word meaning "God", and so a lot depends on who is doing the talking.  For instance, Arab Christians refer to the God of the Bible when using the word Allah.  However, Muslims refer to a god that is far away from the God of the Bible.  The Allah worshiped by Muslims is a false god.  You can read some of the differences here: http://www.contenderministries.org/islam.php#comparisonchart .  The God of the Bible - the Allah of Arab Christians - is triune (one God in three persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit).  The Allah of Islam is not triune.  Muslims believe Allah is one person, Jesus is a separate person and not divine, and the Holy Spirit is actually an angel.  Some people will use the "it's just an Arabic word for God" line, but when you define the Allah of Islam versus the Allah of Arab Christians, it's clear that they are not one in the same.  I hope this helps.  May God richly bless you as you contend for the faith in South Africa!

In Christ,

Ben Rast
Contender Ministries