A Christian’s “Allah”?

Have Christians ever referred to God as “Allah”?  The answer is “Yes”.  In the past, bible translators have translated the Christian God as Allah (see interview with Wayne Johnson).

In Hebrew, God is rendered as El, Aloha (northern Semitic languages)
In Arabic, God is rendered as Al, Allah (southern Semitic languages)

Interesting.  Our society in the western world have been shaped by the word “God”.  But in other non-Muslim nations, they have been using “Allah” to refer to our Christian God for hundreds of years before it got banned by Muslim governments in order to root-out non-Muslim religions.

Would it be too difficult for us Christians in the west to return to using “Allah” in reference to our Christian God?

[ Hat tip to Wayne Leman at Better Bibles Blog. ]


Author: Kevin S.

A follower of Jesus, a husband and a father. Hobbies include biking, keeping fish if they don't die on me, blogging when I can, theologizing and ministry, and pondering about world affairs.

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