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Absurd But True: Jesus Worshipped Allah

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Submitted by Hamilton (United States), Sep 30, 2006 at 20:28

My dear "dhimmi no more" contrary to what you might believe, what you've written is a non-sequitur at best and at worst undermines your position.

In the first place, notwithstanding whatever criticisms we might have of the present Wahhabist interpretation of the Koran (and the morally repugnant behavior of those who adhere to that interpetation), Jesus is not the God of the Old Testament: "Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One." No ambiguity in that. (And you'll note that Elohim, though it has what appears to be a plural ending in fact is always singular when referring to God in the OT as is indicated by the singular form of the verb that always accompanies those uses.)

But notwithstanding Christian misinterpretations of the Old Testament (and the fact that the disciples were in a position to write (make up?) the NT as a self-fulfilling prophecy since they had access to all the prophecies already contained within the OT), your argument based on your understanding of Arabic is flawed.

You argument based on the meaning of the term "Ilahi" is flawed, since even if there were a material difference between the terms "God" and "my God" in this context, you still must explain to whom Jesus was praying. Whoever It is that Jesus (a Jew) was praying to, Muslims are praying to the exact same entity. (At the second coming, do you suppose Jesus will kneel before a cross at St. Peters, or would he don a yammakuh and praise Elohim at the Western Wall with his fellow Jews?)

But more the point, your mistaken about the meaning of Ilahi. The term Allah is a contraction of the words words "al" (the) and "ilāh" (deity, masculine form). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allah

What's really troubling you is that Muslims (and Jews, Zoroastrians, Bahai, Druze, etc.) are not trinitarians. And on this basis you suppose that they cannot be worshipping the same God. Of course, from the non-trinitarian perspective, trinitarians commit the sin of idolatry daily by worshipping of a man. But as a unitarian, I believe your faith in Jesus will save you from your true original sin of thinking that a man is God. On the other hand, notwithstanding my thoughts on the errors implicit in trinitarianism, I still do believe that you are really and truly worshipping the same one true God as all other monotheistic faiths.

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