Religious tensions are on the rise in Malaysia after a church was bombed early Monday morning. Police say that men on motorcycles threw Molotov cocktails into the church as they drove past. No one was injured. Authorities believe the attack is linked to the controversy over the use of ‚ÄúAllah,‚ÄĚ the Muslim word for God.
On Sunday, officials at the Penang church found a banner hung on the church fence stating, ‚ÄúJesus is the son of Allah.‚ÄĚ Church leaders believe the banner was hung by individuals trying to provoke further tension over the use of the word Allah, a controversial topic in Malaysia....
Chris, I have to agree with you about, the confusion about Mary, q.v., Do You Know Mary? So, it is good that you bring it up.
Penny, whatever Allah is, it is an Arabic word, and not a Malay or Chinese one. So, using it, is something the Romish Church has always been doing blending in foreign religions with it's own already corrupted religion, Popular Folk Catholics. On top of that there's a strange belief of the Magisterium that Romish Church and Islam will get together! Understanding Islam and Roman Catholicism(PDF).
For Christians to use the word "allah," I see the only practical benefit as a missionary tool to Muhammadans. The Malay government, already sees that danger to their Satanic worship.
the Islamic gov is requiring Christians to not call their God, God, essentially. If you were speaking of God, wouldn't you say things like "Jesus is the Son of God" in your own language? Sounds perfectly reasonable to me. What do you think?
I'd like to comment on your question to Jim. Consider Roman Catholics using the phrase "Mother of God". Yes, Mary was the blessed earthly mother of Jesus in the flesh, and Jesus is in fact God, but the statement is very misleading and causes great, often fatal, confusion. I see using the word "Allah" as similar because even though it's simply Arabic for "God"...it's Arabic, and the mere use of the word these days causes confusion and leads anyone who hears it to consider the God of the Koran and the last Mahdi who will teach Christ how to pray once he is whisked away to Mecca. Like the word "Christian" can mean a lot of things and cause confusion these days, the word "Allah", for the nation of Islam has always meant one thing. Yes, God, but not the Christian God. Meaning aside, I just think the word itself, well, you get the idea.