A Roman Catholic Bishop in the Netherlands has proposed people of all faiths refer to God as Allah to foster understanding, stoking an already heated debate on religious tolerance in a country with one million Muslims.You know, I'm getting a little tired of kowtowing to Muslims. Maybe Bishop Muskens is right and God doesn't care what we call him. Actually, I can't imagine that it would be an issue. OTOH, I am confident that God doesn't want us cowtowing to the Muslims. What was it he said, something about not bowing down to false idols.
Bishop Tiny Muskens, from the southern diocese of Breda, told Dutch television on Monday that God did not mind what he was named and that in Indonesia, where Muskens spent eight years, priests used the word "Allah" while celebrating Mass.
"Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? ... What does God care what we call him? It is our problem." (source)
If you want to refer to God as Allah or Snoopy or whatever because you think that is a cool name and you mean it as a part of your worship, fine. But if you are doing it to satisfy a bunch of homicidal idiots who want to kill you for worshiping a different god no matter what you call him, you are wrong.
Let's see, there was something else......Blessed are those who are persecuted in the name of the Lord...
Cause, remember, they aren't offended by what we call God, they are offended because we worship a different god in a different way than they do. If there is some Muslim out there who is going to kill me because I am a Roman Catholic and I took Communion yesterday (it was a Holy Day of Obligation), I'm ready and prepared to help on the way to those 72 whatevers.
But, maybe Bishop Muskens is right. Maybe if everyone starts calling the Christian God by the name "Allah", we'll see Christian churches springing up all over the Middle East, free of persecution.
ps. thanks for the edits, freakchylde and mercymild