did you know that there are 15-25 million Christians
who pray in the name of "Allah"?
In Egypt, about 8-million Christians read the Bible and pray in their native language, Arabic. In the Americas, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador there about 12 million (mostly Christian) Arabs who also read the Bible in Arabic. In Arabic, God is “Allah,” in French “Dieu,” in Spanish, “Dios.”
ought we allow terrorists to hijack | the name of God in any language
Ought we endow their criminal acts with the power of God? Jews, Christians, Muslims, what if we were to so highly regard the holy prayers of one another, that we could rise above the unholy terrorist narrative-of-fear to unite our fractured world?
To view one another with the distrust and disgust that terrorists foment is to kneel at their unholy altar.
God is greater. In Arabic, this maligned phrase, we cannot not relinquish. God is still greater.
“now the whole world had one language and a common speech,"
says the ancient story from the Book of Genesis (11:1-9). And, in their pride, they aspired to be God and built a tower by which they sought to reach heaven, saying “we will make a name for ourselves.” But God was displeased by the arrogance of man, and so “the Lord confused the language of the whole world.” All it took was for God to shift one vowel to the left or right. Now the Hebrew word for God Eloah became Alaha in Aramaic-Greek, and Allah to those who spoke Arabic. Same word. Different Language.
The Torah-Word “El” was originally the designation for deity; I say deity and not “God” as the word “God” is itself a Germanic rendering (from 1611) of El, Eloah, and Elohim. The word “God” never appears in the original languages of the Bible or the Torah. So, to think that others should pray to “God” does not take into account that this title for the Almighty is in itself a translation.
“El” is the name shared in prayer by all the Semitic languages; Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic.
El-o-heem means, “the best, the greatest”
In the language of Moses, Eloah (El-o'-ah), or in the (Aramaic-Greek) words of Jesus, El-a-ha (Alaha), or in the Arabic of the Prophet, El-la (Allah) – we all pray, “El” to the best, the greatest God in all the world.
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