69 million page views

No, Thank you ... better to appear to be sanctimonious than to possibly be blasphemous

Reader comment on item: Is Allah God? - Continued
in response to reader comment: Would you deign to reconsider your sanctimonious attitudes towards Arabic speaking Christians?

Submitted by Oliver (United States), Mar 11, 2008 at 00:44

Jesus, Iesus, Yeshua, Yashua, Yesu, Yasu, Jesu – the use of any of these names (and a few others) in the context of ‘calling on the Name of God the Son' are perfectly acceptable because none of them, as far as I know, have been ‘associated with other gods'.

You say that ‘God the Father' is referred to as Allah – that's very nice – may I please ask why? Is there no word for ‘Father' in Arabic? Please, I'm trying to understand the ‘need' to use the name Allah in reference to the Christian God. Is it ‘just because I want to'?

How does the Arabic bible translate this verse?

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

We already know that John 1:1 reads:

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with Allah and the Word was Allah.

So, John 1:14 must read:

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from Allah, full of grace and truth.

I hate it – I truly dislike it – my heart cringes at the very sight of it – I simply want to be ‘on record' in opposition to the practice – but, OK – if it ‘makes your day' – ugh, I just can't condone it. Sorry.


Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2024 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)