Which god?

A court in Malaysia recently overturned a government ban on the use of the word “Allah” to denote the Christian God. As a result, several Christian churches have been firebombed. Pray for Christian brothers and sisters in Malaysia. They need it now.

Perhaps you are aware that western theologians and missiologists have long debated whether or not the Christian God and the Muslim “Allah” are the same God. It is a contentious debate with profound missiological implications. Have you considered, however, how that question has been answered on the Muslim side? According to the New York Times , the strife in Malaysia owes to the deeply held conviction among Muslims that the two are not the same.

“Though that usage is common in many countries, where Arabic- and Malay-language Bibles describe Jesus as the ‘son of Allah,’ many Muslims here insist that the word belongs exclusively to them and say that its use by other faiths could confuse Muslim worshipers.”

In other words, these Muslims want to make sure that the God of the Bible and the god of Islam are distinguished. Read about it here, and pray for the believers in Malaysia.

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