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God means different things to different believers

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Submitted by HJ (Malaysia), Jul 7, 2005 at 11:42

It all depends on what you are referring to by "God" or "Allah":

God = divinity: Muslims, Jews, Christians are all theists as opposed to atheists, monists

God = one divinity: Muslims, Jews, Christians are all monotheists, as opposed to pantheists, atheists, or monists

God = Holy Trinity: Muslims, Jews, Christians believe differently; even among "Christians", there are deists, unitarians, binitarians, trinitarians.

Allah = divinity: Muslims, Jews, Christians are all theists

Allah = Holy Trinity (as believed by Christians whose language is Arabic): Muslims, Jews, Christians believe differently

Allah = personal name of Muslim God, Muhammad's God: Muslims, Jews, Christians believe differently

Allah = Yahweh: Muslims, Jews, Christians believe differently; Muslims don't believe in Yahweh, but Allah (Muhammad's God, even though reference is made to Old Testament); Jews believe in the Yahweh of the OT; Christians believe in the Yahweh of the OT and New Testament and Jesus.

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