Are YHWH and Allah the Same God?

What should people do with questions of the relation of the God of the Bible and the God of the Qur’an?  Are YHWH and Allah the same God?  This is a hard question to answer.  If one read the Christian Bible in Arabic, they would find God as Allah.  The words are not important.  The question is with regard to the concepts.  Some uncritically equate them and others label Allah as a demon.

On a practical level, most missionaries and evangelists working with Muslims would talk as if they were the same, giving the Christians and Muslims an important point of contact.  Some theologians and apologists, however, strongly disagree.  They would suggest that YHWH and Allah, despite both being the God of Abraham, both being the God of Israel, and both being the God of Jesus, have almost nothing in common.  It is true that if you compare the biblical and Qur’anic descriptions of God, they are not exactly the same.  The God of the Qur’an demonstrates his personality less, the God of the Bible is more loving.  However, one could demonstrate differences (not contradictions) between descriptions of God in the Old and New Testaments.  One could argue that they are definitely different Gods because the God of the Bible is a Trinity.  However, it is difficult to see a Trinity in the Old Testament.  Would we say that Christians and Jews worship different Gods?  Yes, there are differences between how Christians and Muslims describe God.  But there are also some differences between how Roman Catholics, Calvinists, Arminians, Open Theists and Pentecostals describe the attributes of God.  Would we say that each of these traditions/movements worship different Gods?

While one should not ignore the differences between the God of the Bible and the God of the Qur’an, it is difficult to deny that there are remarkable similarities between Allah and God, especially as described in the Old Testament.  Both Christians and Muslims would agree that God is a personal God, separate from creation, who is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.  Therefore, I believe it is appropriate for missionaries and evangelists to use our common belief in God as a point of contact for conversation.

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9 thoughts on “Are YHWH and Allah the Same God?”

  1. Nicely done. I have often said that there is only one creator God. The real question is, do we speak truth about that God, or falsehood? Where other faiths speak truth about God we need to affirm it, celebrate it and use it as common ground on which to build.

  2. Good thoughts. I agree with Robin, we should be following the example of Paul, in seeing truth as truth, no matter the source. Let’s call a spade a spade, and break down walls instead of building them up.

  3. Dear Readers seeling trith and understanding from the Holy Scriptures,

    Could God’s name be “Allah”? No. As a good dictionary will show you, “Allah” is a shortened form of the Arabic term meaning “the god.” Obviously, this is not a name.

    The tetraggrammaton is the Hebrew letter characters that represnet the name of God and in the Hebrew the reader supplies the vowel s as the constanant flow dictates. The meaning of the Tetraggrammaton in English is “he that causes to become.” Inrestingly the word create has as it’s meaning in English as “cause to become.” He, the “true God” is the CREATOR.

    Allah therefore is “a God” and not the only true God and creator of the Heavens and thhe Earth.

    Would it make no difference if one used “Allah,” as do Moslems, or “Manitou,” as do some North American Indians. Many of the clergy have the same opinion. If one wants to worship the Father in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24) as the Holy Scriptures instruct US to do one would use the commonly accepted name of God in their native language. In my Readers Digest Encyclopiedic Dictionary of 1971 the Tetraggrammaton’s definition identifies the commonly exepeted English pronounciation as Jehovah from the constant progression of JHVH which is one of the four provided combinations of which YHWH is one but not the most accepted as proper too use in English.

    Warm Christian Love,
    Randy

  4. Dear Mr.Bedard and other readers interested in Biblical truth,

    In its articles on Jehovah, The Imperial Bible-Dictionary nicely illustrates the difference between ʼElo‧him′ (God) and Jehovah. Of the name Jehovah, it says: “It is everywhere a proper name, denoting the personal God and him only; whereas Elohim partakes more of the character of a common noun, denoting usually, indeed, but not necessarily nor uniformly, the Supreme. . . . The Hebrew may say the Elohim, the true God, in opposition to all false gods; but he never says the Jehovah, for Jehovah is the name of the true God only. He says again and again my God . . . ; but never my Jehovah, for when he says my God, he means Jehovah. He speaks of the God of Israel, but never of the Jehovah of Israel, for there is no other Jehovah. He speaks of the living God, but never of the living Jehovah, for he cannot conceive of Jehovah as other than living.”—Edited by P. Fairbairn, London, 1874, Vol. I, p. 856.
    The same is true of the Greek term for God, The‧os′. It was applied alike to the true God and to such pagan gods as Zeus and Hermes (Roman Jupiter and Mercury). (Compare Ac 14:11-15.) Presenting the true situation are Paul’s words at 1 Corinthians 8:4-6: “For even though there are those who are called ‘gods,’ whether in heaven or on earth, just as there are many ‘gods’ and many ‘lords,’ there is actually to us one God the Father, out of whom all things are, and we for him.” The belief in numerous gods, which makes essential that the true God be distinguished from such, has continued even into this 20th century.

    Warm Christian Love,
    Randy

  5. Dear Mr.Bedard,

    Did you not recognize or pay attention to the difference between the true God and a god????

    ” difference between ʼElo‧him′ (God) and Jehovah.”

    It has been said there is none so blind as he who will not see. A diaslogue with you is impossible to engage in as you ingnore the obvious and promulugate false tradions.
    (John 8:44)

    Warm Christian Love,
    Randy

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