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Submitted by Taj (United States), Oct 12, 2007 at 23:02

Jen

My overall point is that your comparison of Allah in Islam and in Christianity suffers from over generalization.

For example your use of Adonai seems over-generalized, and would be rejected by Jews who originated the use of the term. In lieu of your belief in the Trinity, this is obvious? Is Jesus Adonai? Or is it the Holy Spirit? Here, Jews who are the "experts" in its use would easily contend that you mis-use the term if applying to them. Additionally, since your belief does not prohibit you to pronounce the name of God in the way that Jews are prohibited, there would actually be no reason for you to use the term.

So then if you misapply the terminology of your own religion, your attempt at comparison/contrast with another seems futile.

Moving on, I would disagree that all religions are based on the good works of humans. For example the ancient greek/roman religions had more to do with the soap opera lives of the pantheon of gods than with humans. Satanism is not about good works either.

The "being" i was referring to was God. That we may view him differently does not then logically imply that He is actually different. Here the argument is merely stuck at a difference of language. If you were an arab speaker, you would refer to God as "Allah".

The literal translation of Allah is "God", thus the literal question, "Is God God?" is then rendered absurd...

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