Private Talks with God lead Priest to go Muslim but Remain Christian

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Part of the story says, “She can’t explain why that led her to become a Muslim, but says “when God gives you an invitation, you don’t turn it down.” She read up on Islam and made her profession of faith – the shahada – in March 2006, testifying there is only one god, Allah, and that Mohammad is his messenger. The Muslim requirement of praying five times daily has given her the deep connection to God she yearned for, she says. When she prays on other occasions, her prayers are neither uniquely Islamic nor Christian but private talks with Allah or God, names she uses interchangeably. “It’s the same person, praying to the same God,” she contends.”

This story should remind us that syncretism does exist in our society. We must at all times be on guard against views which lead to a total loss of the Gospel message. One of these would be to confuse Allah (the god of the Muslim faith) with the God of Christianity.  

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2 responses to “Private Talks with God lead Priest to go Muslim but Remain Christian

  1. Rob

    The Arabic word “Allah” predates Islam and it’s how you say “God” in Arabic.

    I’m not saying we should teach people that the God of Islam is the same as the God of Christianity, However, which ARABIC word should an Arabic speaker use for God?

    As I understand it, Arabic speaking Christians also refer to God as “Allah” – and it’s not because they are syncratists or that they don’t have an accurate view of who God the Father is.

    Do you speak Arabic? Do you have a suggestion for another Arabic word that would be better to use?

  2. Rob,

    Thanks for the thought provoking comment. You bring up an excellent point. In fact it is so good, that I think I will dedicate a post to it in the near future. I am currently traveling out of town and do not have much time. I do appreciate your interaction on a crucial question. In short, I am not a linguist but a theologian and my problem with equating the God of Islam with the God of Christianity is that I believe we enter into syncretism. So I do not have a suggestion for another Arabic word, but I do have concerns about equating Islam with Christianity. I will elaborate more in a future post which I hope you will read and interact with. Thanks again.

    Thomas White

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