Let’s face it. The only reason Malaysian Church insisted upon using Muslim’s name for god, ‘Allah’ in its Bahasa Melayu version of bible is to convert unsuspecting Muslims into Christianity.
After all, there’re not much difference behind Islamic history and Christianity. Islam do recognize phophet Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Ismael, and so forth. By introducing and promoting a Malay version of the bible to the Malays, it would be much easier to confuse and later convert, young Malays into Christianity.
Proponents to the civil right movements insisted that anyone have the right to use any name. Thus God can be refered to as Lord, Allah, Yahweh, Elohim, or even Om. They further argued that Arabic bibles, Indonesian bibles and even Borneon bibles have been refering God as Allah for centuries. Since a precedence has been set, therefore they argued, Malayan Muslims must allow them to continue to use (and abuse) God’s name for their benefit.
But they are forgeting a very crucial point: Muslims’ Allah is not the same as Christians’ Lord. Muslims believe in one God. He is the One, the Al-Mighty Allah. He bore no son, no ghost, nor does He need to maintain any companion. He doesnt have to be with any woman to procreate, since he can create any man, animal or being, with just one word, ‘kun’. He has 99 names, each of which describes His traits. He is most commonly referred to as, Allah. The One and Only.
On the other hand, Christian’s God or Lord (a name derived from ancient Hebrew’s God, commonly referred to as, Yahweh and Elohim) bears a son, Jesus. Christianity believes in 3-god, God, the son and the holy ghost.
Therefore, using Allah’s name in bibles would be similar to say, calling Samsung’s Galaxy, ‘iPad’. Both Galaxy and iPad are tablets. They may both look the same, offer the same features, but they are not the same. An avid iPad fan would never call his or her iPad, Galaxy and vice versa.
Similarly, Christians’ Lord and Muslims’ Allah may appear to have the same role in the universe, i.e, supreme being, but the fact is, Christians’ Lord is not the same as Muslims’ Allah, for reasons already given above. Let me repeat it once again. Amongst their many differences, Allah did not bore a son, but Lord did. Allah appointed prophets as messengers (Jesus included), but Lord sent his son (Jesus) to spread His Father’s message.
And while we are at it, Allah’s prophet Jesus did not die, but replaced by Judah, a Jew who Allah made to resemble prophet Jesus, who now temporarily stayed in heaven waiting for the right time to come down; whereas Lord’s son, Jesus was cruxified.
So, why in the world would Father Lawrence of a Malaysian church went out of his way to use Allah’s name, when he knows for a fact that Allah is not Lord. That Allah doesn’t live amongst men. That Allah doesnt have a son. That Jesus is merely a prophet, just like any other prophet before and after him?
Father Lawrence hopes that his Church can convert as many Muslims as possible into Christianity. That by using Allah’s name, he secretly wishes to confuse young, unsuspecting Malays, especially those already educated in Christian convent schools, into Christianity. After all, evangalism is a sacred duty of every Church and pastor, as succinctly described by Blogger Ktemoc.
Hence, not only is it a duty for every devout Muslims to reject the Church’s request to use (and abuse) Allah’s sacred name, but it is also our duty to convince our legislators to start imposing hefty fines to evangalisms and to demand an immediate recall to all Bahasa Melayu bibles, from uncontrollably circulated in Borneo.