Should Christians call God "Allah"?

Bishop Martinus believes so. As reported by Fox News, the 71 year old Bishop believes that this would promote better relations with Muslims. The bishop told a Netherlands radio program that he believes that God doesn't mind what he is called. He believes that people are needlessly divided over the different names used to refer to God. Is "Allah" just another name for God? Should Christians call God "Allah?" As the great philosopher "Homey the Clown" once said, "I don't think so, Homey don't play that." 

While it is the case that the Arabic word for God is translated Allah, I believe it is deceiving at worst and misleading at best for Christians to use the word Allah to identify the God of the Bible. In conversations with people from the Islamic community, I have used Arabic terms and words to help scale the barriers of communication such as Isa for Jesus, Yahya for John, and even Allah for God. In each of these cases I use these terms when referring to their own teaching or beliefs. However, this in no way demonstrates or justify's the Bishops assertion that Christians should use these Arabic terms to refer to their own beliefs. As an example, imagine the confusion in my going on national television and announcing that I am a devoted Jehovah's Witness and have been since I was 13 years old. While it is true that I have been a witness of Jehovah's since my conversion at 13, it is misleading and possibly even deceptive to make this claim since the term "Jehovah's Witness" has come to identify a particular group with distinctly different beliefs, practices and teachings from myself. By the same token, it is misleading for Christians to use the term Allah to refer to the God of the Bible because Islam while claiming to have the same origin of their belief in a monotheistic God, have distinctively different beliefs about Christ, the Bible, and God. Well that's my thoughts.

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