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Is Allah The Father Of Jesus Christ?

Posted by Job on August 4, 2008

Is Allah the Father of Jesus?

by SharperIron at 12:00 am August 4, 2008. 174 views. Filed under: Islam 

by Dr. Stephen M. Davis

Frequently when speaking on the subject of Islam, I’ve encountered opposition to the idea that Arab believers use the word “Allah” in referring to God. Most of the objections stem from a misunderstanding of the Arabic language and of the historical and cultural use and development of the word “Allah.” It is understandable that to untrained Western ears and in the midst of current world crises that the word “Allah” be almost exclusively associated with radical Islam. However, it is unacceptable for American Christians to insist that Arab Christians not use “Allah” and find another word for deity. How then should we respond to the question, “Is Allah the Father of Jesus?”

From my travels to the Middle East, I have seen and heard “Allah” used by Christians in their prayers, singing, and in reading Scripture. Whatever the origin of the word, it means “God” or “god” just like the English word. It is true that “Allah” does not specifically refer to the Christian God. Neither does our English word. Do we require more precision for Arab believers than we do for ourselves? Of course, as Christians we also use Jesus, Jehovah, Lord, etc. Arab believers do the same, but in no way does that negate the use of Allah. For example, John 1:1 in an Arabic translation reads “And the word was with Allah and the word was Allah.”

A recent suggestion that Arab believers use the phrase “God of Israel” does little to clarify the issue. Apart from reading “God of Israel” in the Bible, I do not think Arab Christians would regularly or publicly use this fuller name for God, especially in light of the current political situation. Yet even if someone says, “God of Israel” where “God” translates “Elohim,” it would still be “Allah of Israel.” It has been objected that since Muslims deny that Allah has a son that Arab Christians cannot proclaim that “Jesus of Nazareth is the son of Allah.” I have seen this argument bolstered by the declaration that the “god” of liberals is not the “God” of the Scriptures. Yet the fact that the god of the liberals is not the God of the Scriptures does not mean we no longer use the word “God.” Moreover, I must ask if saying “Jesus of Nazareth is the son of Allah” in Arabic is any more objectionable than saying “Jesus of Nazareth is the son of God” in English?” when many religionists use the word “God” to identify someone far removed from a scriptural description.

When a Bible-believing Christian says, “I believe in God” and a liberal says, “I believe in God,” there is historical and linguistic commonality with theological differentiation. Only deeper investigation reveals what someone means by using the general word “God” whether in Arabic or in English. It has been noted that in speaking of Allah, Muslims and Christians speak of the same subject but differ in the predicates they say about him. When Arab Christians say that Jesus is the Son of Allah, they are saying what no Muslim can say. But they can and do say it because Allah is the normal translation of the Hebrew “Elohim” and the Greek “Theos.”

It is wishful thinking to imagine that Arab Christians should find another word rather than Allah any more than Bible-believing Christians should stop using the word “God” since liberals use it to mean something else. Certainly there are words that are needed to fuller qualify the identity of “Allah.” Perhaps we should frame the issue differently and ask the question “Is the Father of Jesus the God of Mohammed?” rather than argue about what word to use. Muslims will not call Allah “Father,” but Arab Christians do (there’s a book written by a Muslim woman who converted to Christianity titled I Dared to Call Him Father). Additionally, we may be able to distinguish between “God” and “god” in English, but for spoken purposes there is no distinction in English, and in Arabic there is no capitalization.

We should not ignore the fact that historically Arab Christians used “Allah” long before Islam was founded as a religion. Islam hijacked the word, which represents two contracted Arabic words “il” and “ilah” (the god). Some have called for Arab Christians to clarify what is confusing for mono-linguistic English speakers who know of “Allah” only from a biased Western context. Why? It is not confusing to Arabic believers. When they say “Allah,” they know who they are referencing.

Obviously, in witnessing to Muslims in an English-speaking context, one might prefer using “God” to “Allah.” Regardless of what word might be used, the identify of God or Allah as the Father of Isa must be made clear, and that task presents a major stumbling block for the Muslim believer. What we must not do is attempt to impose on Arab Christians a burden we ourselves have not borne—to ask them to deny their history, their language, and their culture in order to appease the troubled minds of American Christians who recoil at the sound of “Allah.” Let Arab Christians declare “Allahu Akbar,” and we will respond in kind—“God is great!” In answer to our title question, we should respond in the affirmative. For Arab-language Christians, Allah is most certainly the Father of Jesus.

Dr. Stephen M. Davis is associate pastor and director of missions at Calvary Baptist Church (Lansdale, PA). He holds a B.A from Bob Jones University, an M.A. in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando, FL), an M.Div. from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary (Lansdale, PA), and a D.Min. in Missiology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL). Steve has been a church planter in Philadelphia, France, and Romania.

15 Responses to “Is Allah The Father Of Jesus Christ?”

  1. nan said

    When Christians except the fact that other languages pronounce all words differently than we do then they will stop having a fit over the mane Allah. It is the name in the Arab language for our heavenly father. Some Christians don’t want Muslims to ever except Jesus they just want to say they are terrorists and let’s kill them all, which isn’t loving at all

  2. Nan

    You comment is one made from a mind not like Christ. No one born again would dare write:

    When Christians except the fact that other languages pronounce all words differently than we do then they will stop having a fit over the name Allah

    Allah is indeed their god, but he is not same god as the Christian and Jew. Allah in Arabic does mean god, but it refers to the anicent moon god. You will find this symbol on their temples because this is who they are, though they deny it, their religion was founded on moon worship. This false god was around with many others during the time of Abraham, and was worshipped by the Sabeans, along with hundreds of others

    We find them mentioned during the time of Job. They fell upon his land and destroyed it.

    God called Abraham out of Ur because he and Terah were bowing to these gods. But Gods will was for Abraham to know the one true God.
    Mohammed combined parts of a rude form of christianity with many of the anicent pagans gods and their teachings, to produce Islam, and what they now call allah, (one god). This was after an angel appeared to him. The bible clearly warns us about any angel or man coming preaching any gospel except that of Jesus; let him be cursed.

    Mohammed did away with all the other gods and still missed the mark believeing Jesus to be mirely a prophet. Islam repeatly borrows from the bible, yet muslims often become angry because the bible does not quote from the koran. Well I wonder why?

    God clearly tells us His name. The enemy would have us to believe we can call Him whatever and it will be okay with God, but He will not be called by another name because He is holy and just, we must respect Him less we blasphemy His name. God said we are not to do this amongst the heathens. So it is God who set the standard for how we are to treat His word and name.
    It is only in the name of Jesus that we approach Him. I have met Arabic men who don’t call the Christian God Allah. They say Jesus.

  3. Job said

    Reverend Patrick Williams:

    A most excellent response!

  4. Fran said

    Why call Yeshua, Yahoshua, Jesus? If you read Acts26:13,14,15, you can clearly see that Jesus is not the name of the Son of God.

    In Psalms 68:4, It gives the name of God. The KJB reads Jah, that is incorrect, It should read Yah.

    None of us would like for others to change our names. My name is Fran, and I wouldn’t care what language you spoke, the name is Fran.

    Yahosua means Yah’s salvation, What does Jesus mean?

  5. His name is Yeshua.

    Lets see how we can explain this.

    In greek- Iesous
    Heb- Jeshua, Jehoshua,Johua, Jehovah is salvation
    Hebrew- mashiah,
    Greek-Christos

    There is no allah mentioned at all. I think the Hebrew people know their own lanauage better then you or I.

    Then there is Immanuel which literally means “God with us” as Matthew translates it.

    The subject is Allah and you are gasping for straws. You’re either a believer or not. You either serve the one true God, or you bow to the many false gods believing you doing the right thing.

  6. Fran said

    I know what the subject is and I know the name is Yeshua. You state yourself the name is Yeshua. Maybe my question went right over your head.

    I merely stated that in Acts 26:14,15, that Saul(Paul)clearly states that Yeshua spoke to him in Hebrew tongue. The KJ reads, “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.” Yes, the Hebrews do know there language better than you or I. It doesn’t take much to see that the name has been changed in this verse as it has been throuhout the bible. Yeshua did not call himself Jesus, why should I. Yeshua’s name states His mission, purpose. The name is more important than people want to believe.

    Acts4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. You or any other Christian cannot change His name. Jesus is another name given under heaven by men. Jesus is a created name from the Greek Iesus which comes from a Greek Goddess.

    Now you may call Him Jesus if you please, but you’ll never be able to say you never knew. I’m not trying to convince you of anything. You have your own belife system and I am not the one that you have to give an account to. We can learn now or we can learn later. It’s a choice. We can continue to believe a lie or we can search for truth. God’s Truths.

    On the subject you stated as far as me being a believer or not, or me bowing to many false gods, maybe you should take inventory on self as to whom you are serving. What name are you believing on.

    I don’t need to grasp for straws. The Holy Spirit will lead me into all Truths.

  7. Fran, translation is not a sin.

    Perhaps the following will help: Question: “If His name was Yeshua, why do we call Him Jesus?”

    Lexicon Results for Iēsous (Strong’s G2424)

    And as the SharperIron article at the top of this page notes, just because Arab Christians use the same term as Muslims, it does not mean both are speaking of the same. And Arab Christians were using it before Muslims were. Just as we say God, it does not mean we are speaking of the Muslim false god.

  8. nan said

    Allah is not a moon God, He is and I repeat the name of God in the Arabic language, which they speak. You can believe what u will I am not going to argue the point with u, but I know ur going to have the last word anyway so go ahead and reply. Jesus is not God’s name it is his son’s name in OUR ENGLISH language,

  9. AndyB said

    I have to agree with Nan, and actually go a little bit further and say that “Yeshua” or even YHWH isn’t God’s true name. Hebrew itself is a product of the confusion of our human languages after our rebellion at The Tower of Babel. I would assume these imperfect languages will also be done away with when the redeemed are perfected in Heaven and all tribes/tongues will worship Him together. Will we worship together in a “fallen” language? Will there be any need for a spoken language at all in God’s presence? Just some food for thought.

  10. Kyle said

    Your both right and both wrong. In “ISLAM” the word Allah is a false God that does NOT exist just like Zeus and Buddha. However, Christians in Arabic countries use the generic word Allah when referring to God.

    Kyle

  11. Nan and Andy:

    Your comments reflect someone who is not a true servant willing to die for his belief in our Lord. By faith, we serve. It is all or nothing. It is about standing firm in faith and not giving in to all the worldly knowledge that brings strange beliefs and questions concerning God and His authroity.

    God Has a Son. Born of a virgin.
    Islam denies this. Saying “Allah is not a Father and has no son.”
    So an Arabic meaning of god would not be the same as the Christian God, who was born of a virin.
    Thus it is not the religion of the biblical prophets, apostles or Jesus.
    Whether a generic term or not, it is not the same because of the underlying meaning when they use the word god. We mean God the Father when we say God. The one who had a son name Jesus. They however mean Allah who has no son, and this was introduced to them by Mohammed. Two different roads, with two different endings. Now we know Jesus said to travel the narrow road and few there be that travel it. You appear to be on the broad road where there is destruction waiting at the end.
    This road is narrow because it is solely focused on Jesus and there is no room for another.

    Islam’s origins have been traced back by scholars to the ancient fertility religion of the worship of the moon god which was always the dominant religion of Arabia.

    1. The moon god was worshipped by praying toward Mecca several times a day.
    2. Making an annual pilgrimage to the Kabah which was a temple of the moon god, running around the Kabah seven times, caressing an idol of a black stone set in the wall of the Kabah, running between two hills.
    These were pagan rites practised by the Arabs long before Muhammad was born.

    If the Abraic meaning for God means we too are serving that same god, then why are we not making this trip to Mecca. Are you saying we are serving the same god?
    If not, then the meaning of the word god is totally different.

    The Crescent Moon

    What religion today practices the pagan rites of the moon god? Islam! This explains why the crescent moon is the symbol of Islam. It is placed on top of mosques and minarets and displayed on hats, flags, rugs, amulets and even jewellery. Every time you see the Muslim symbol of a crescent moon, you are seeing the ancient symbol of the moon god.

    I don’t see this amongst the Christians. So their meaning- be it generic or not, isn’t the same. Their meaning means a different god worshipped opposite our Fathers instructions.
    Christ didn’t do any of these things nor did he leave instructions for us to do them. And if you are a Christian and the bible is your road map, why would you, or could you believe they are the same? Calling Allah god does not mean your God. The Holy Spirit in you would have convicted you of the truth if you were a Christian serving God with a pure heart. I’m not judging you, but speaking from experience, because this is what the bible says He will do. If you’re serving him through the knowledge of books and what you have read, then you are serving Him with your flesh (mind & soul).

  12. Fran said

    IC,
    Thanks for being on the same page.

  13. John Kaniecki said

    Kyle,

    Hi hope you are well.

    Please read Ephesians six. We fight against spiritual wickedness in high places. Why can’t Zeus exist as well as Allah? Satan is real as his demons. Why can’t one demon be Zeus?

    Psalm 82:6-7 “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.”

    Of course whatever beings exist out there they are vastly inferior to God. Yet why deny their existance?

    I am not personally convinced of these thoughts but I think they are worthy for your consideration. What is the alternative though. I am certain the Koran is a book not from God. Was it all Mohammad’s imagination? I tend to think in some ways it was inspired by the satanic. Why not from a ‘god’ who refers to himself as Allah. Pehaps it was inspired by satan himself. As I said I am not certain but please don’t dismiss these beings as nothing.

    Where did these myths come from originally? There has to be something that generated them.

    Love,

    John

  14. Kyle said

    To everyone,

    Re-read my post slowly. Never did I say the Islamic god Allah was the true God of the bible. However, Arabic translated Bible use the word Allah for the word God. It is a word translation. No where am I implying that Allah of Islam is God.

    Kyle

  15. garden said

    Dear Reverend,

    I think you would find some enlightenment through these video links.

    You might wanna be interested to hear this debate between Ahmed Deedat and Pastor Stanley Sjoberg, “Is Jesus God?”.

    Link:

    and also this lecture video on “Christ In Islam”, also from Ahmed Deedat.

    Link:

    Hope it would enlighten you and other fellow Christians.

    Peace be to you.

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