Today I will be writing about the word “Allah” and why I never used that word, and why I think Christians in Muslim countries should be cautious about using the word “Allah”.
As many of you already know I am currently living in Indonesia and in Indonesia the word “Allah” is used for GOD. However “Allah” is not an Indonesian word, Allah is an Arabic word that has been incorporated into the Indonesian language because of the prevalence of Islam in this nation. The same as words like Anggur & Kismis, Selamat & Kabar, and even the names of the days of the week in the Indonesian language are actually Arabic words that have been incorporated into the Indonesia language. And although most of these words present no issue, the word “Allah” is a little different than the rest of the Arabic words.
I originally took an interest in this topic after moving to Indonesia from America and noticing the Indonesian Bible used the word “Allah” to describe GOD. This troubled me because I knew that the word “Allah” wasn’t just an Arabic Word for GOD as some people think, but the word Allah had a deeper history. I have even prayed with former Muslims and seen the evil spirits behind the name Allah come out of people’s bodies.
Have you ever noticed that Muslims never translate the WORD Allah into “GOD”? If you at the Quran in English, French, Indonesian, Arabic, Russian, Chinese or any other language, almost every word is translated properly except the word Allah. If the word “Allah” only meant “GOD” or “The Divine Most High GOD” then why not just translate it to GOD or The Divine Creator? Of course, because the word “Allah” is not only a word, it’s the actual name of a Deity. And that Deity is evoked by the mention of his name.
With a little research what you will find is that Arabic has been around for more than 2,500 years, however, Islam has been around for 1,400 years. Making it clear that the word “Allah” predates the religion of Islam. Allah is actually one of several ancient pagan Deities that was worshiped by pre-Islamic Arabs. Allah was known before Islam as “The God of The Moon & The Stars” which is why all over Indonesia and many Islamic nations you can still find the Moon & Stars symbolism on top of many mosques. Allah was a pagan deity that had “Three Divine Daughters” named “Al-lat, Al-uzza, and Manat” and they were all worshiped before those who created Islam turned their beliefs into a Monotheistic Religion.
Pre Islamic Arabs worshiped many different deities the same way polytheistic religions do today. They had a different God for this and a different God for that. For example: A God of the sea, A God of the Wind, A God of Nature and more. Allah was just one of their many deities, and HE was the god of the Moon & stars as is still prevalent in islamic symbolism. Many use this symbolism without even knowing the truth about its origins. However, in different parts of the word some more knowledgeable Muslims reject this symbolism because of the truth of its origin.
There are some Muslims who like to argue that the word Allah” is similar to the words “Elohi, Eloi, Eli or Alaha” have roots in Aramaic and Hebrew but this is also false and is based on a pretense that is heavily debated and not agreed upon by many scholars and linguists. There is no conclusion there.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 8:5-6
“For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”
This teaches us that in the heavens there are many different gods that people can call on and these gods when invoked by their names can give people an emotional experience. However as Christians, we serve the ONLY TRUE GOD who created all things and is above all, and the ONLY way to THE GOD ABOVE ALL is through JESUS CHRIST his only begotten Son.
Satan has many workers in the spiritual realm deceiving people with an emotional and religious experience. And when people call on the names of the evil spirits and devils that do the will of Satan they can evoke the dark power of those deities. And allah “the god of the moon “is just one of the many deities that different religions are calling on today.
Our GOD isn’t just the god of the Moon. Our God created the Moon, the Sun, The Earth, The Heavens and All that is in them. Our GOD is the GOD of ALL creation, and the only way to reach our GOD is through Jesus Christ his son who paid for our debts in his own blood so we could be saved and reconciled to GOD. Put your faith in JESUS alone who is the only way to the true living GOD.
That’s all for today guys.
God bless you all who are in Christ Jesus.