A Thought For Your Christian Journey:
Are YHWY and
Allah the same God?
The following letter was published in the Tribune-Star in Terre Haute, Indiana.
My answer follows this letter.
November 26, 2009 09:31 pm
Reader's Forum: Nov. 27, 2009
Christians, Muslims have differences, but much in common
I normally do not write letters to the editor, but this time I feel
my words have some healing to offer. I have followed the dialogue
about the Bible Baptist signage and the 13-year-old girl’s critique.
Here is my contribution to the dialogue.
I taught in a Jesuit Catholic High School
in Cairo, Egypt. Half the student body was
Christian and half was Muslim, intentionally constituted 50/50 for
dialogue among students and their parents. I also lived for three
years in the Sahara Region of Africa while serving in the Peace
Corps. Both experiences allowed friendships to develop between me
and my Muslim co-workers and neighbors. As you can imagine, after we
got to know each other well, any hours of religious discussions took
place well into the night. I would enjoy recounting those
discussions but this space doesn’t permit it. Let me just provide
the insight that resulted.
The question that the Bible Baptist pastor posed is valid for
Christians trying to understand Islam in a sincere interfaith
dialogue. However, the venue was not well chosen because the
apparent response that the sign suggested is that Jesus did
something immense (He died, rose and lives … a valid Christian
creedal statement.), but Allah did nothing like that.
Let me offer some insight: Jews, Christians and Muslims acknowledge
the same ONE GOD. The Jewish tradition acknowledges “The One” by not
speaking the sacred tetragram (YHWH) or by using ADONAI (The Lord)
as well as other names. The Christian tradition acknowledges “The
One” by the same Jewish usages or through the Gospel designation
ABBA (Loving Father). Muslims acknowledge “The One” by the Arabic
name Allah (The Holy One, the Compassionate, The Merciful … three of
99 beautiful names of God). Adonai, Abba, Allah are simply different
names out of different cultures and religious traditions for the ONE
Now the pastor’s question: “What did Allah do?” I will answer his
question out of our Christian tradition. ALLAH (Adonai, Abba) chose
to become human, take on human flesh (incarnate) and we know him as
Jesus who died and rose again to life and now lives. Obviously this
part of our Christian creed in not the faith of our Jewish friends
or our Muslim friends. But from our Christian perspective, “What did
Allah do?” He did an immensely wonderful and loving thing. He became
one of us (the Christmas Mystery which we are about to celebrate).
He became human to reveal himself to us.
As the Sunday editorial of the Tribune-Star suggests, can we try to
understand each other through sensitive, friendly dialogue? We do
have differences, but we share so much in common. — Fr. Ron Ashmore, Terre Haute
YHWY and Allah
Are Not The Same God!
By Pastor Walter D. Huyck
In response to Ron Ashmore’s letter that states
that YHWY, Adonai, and Allah are one and the same.
I suggest that Ron go back to the history books, and the
Bible and do what God has suggested for over two thousand years,
“Study to shew thyself
approved unto God . . .” (2 Tim 2.15).
The God of the Jews and Christianity is not the same God as
the Muslim god Allah, there is no comparison between the two.
Dr. David Jeremiah in his book “What In The
World Is Going On” notes “There were more than 360 deities in the
Arabic pantheon, and Muhammad chose the name of one of them, Allah,
to be the true god.”
For thousands of years before Muhammad Jehovah God (YHWY) had
declared Himself to be the one and only true God.
God declared, “Hear, O
Israel: The LORD our God
is one LORD:”
(Deut 6.4). From the
beginning of His revelation Jehovah has singled himself out from the
world’s poly theism and declared mono theism.
The difference between the two is that poly theism declares
that every god is either the same god or an equal god, while mono
theism declares there is only one God and every other god is no god
How does one discern the truth?
Christianity and the Jewish faith have the undeniable marks
of the supernatural as their witness.
The most remarkable for Christians being the undeniable
physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ as supported by over
500 eye witnesses and many other proofs.
For the Jewish faith the supernatural evidence of their
continuity as a people and reuniting as a nation in partial
fulfillment of the promises and prophecies recorded in the Bible.
The evidences supporting that Jehovah (YHWY) is exactly what
He claimed to be are more numerous than could be recounted in this
short discourse, yet they are open for diligent examination in the
Bible, God’s Holy Word.
Jehovah (YHWY) himself declares every other
God, Allah included, as not God at all.
For Isaiah wrote,
“Thus saith the LORD
the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of
am the first, and I
am the last; and
beside me there is
no God.” (Isaiah 44.6)
Christians who read and study the Bible could never
acknowledge Ron’s position that YHWY and Allah are the same God,
they are not!
Published Nov 28, 2009
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