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Submitted by Pamela Peterson (United States), Jun 29, 2005 at 10:54

I believe that you are absolutely incorrect in your conclusion that Allah and the GOD of the Holy Bible are the same. You use linguistic methods, primarily, to support your premise: definitions, the use of terms, cross references, and so forth.

However, the definition of God, as you use it, is NOT how GOD is identified. Rather, HE is identified by HIS attributes. Allah does not have these attributes. For example, God (I AM) is a triune God, established in Genesis 1:26 where HE says, "Let US make man in OUR image..." The word used for GOD, ELOHIM, is plural. In that triune, JESUS is GOD the Son. Allah does not have a son. Allah is not a triune god.

The God in the Holy Bible is sovereign; that is, HE knows the end from the beginning. Everything has a purpose. All things work to the good for HIS people. However, Allah is fatalistic. His followers have to manipulate events to help him accomplish his goals. The true God needs no help. HE is GOD.

JESUS, who is GOD, gave women great freedom. Paul told JESUS's followers that, in CHRIST, there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female...a revolutionary concept in that time. JESUS released HIS people from their bondage.The true GOD forces no one to convert. HE gently draws them to HIMSELF. HE knows HIS people, and they know Him. HIS truth has "set them free." HIS people know they are saved, by grace, from eternal death to life eternal. The Islamist followers of Allah, on the other hand are not free; rather, they must blindly obey numerous laws and rituals, including jihad. They are required to force the unwilling to convert and must, by works, strive for salvation. They never know if they are saved unless they die as martyrs. They have to help Allah convert infidels. How sad.

Allah and GOD of the Holy Bible are not the same. You are teaching a lie and will be held accountable some day, by the true GOD, for every idle word you speak. This, too, is one of HIS attributes: HE always performs what HE says HE will perform, and HE deals with those who deny HIM and who pervert truth. HE deals with false teachers in a most serious manner. HE does the chastising; HIS people do not. But, in Islam, the people believe they are responsible for punishing false teachers. Obviously, Allah (a false god) and God are not the same.

I have discussed only a few of GOD's attributes. However, they are sufficient to prove that GOD and Allah are not the same.
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