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Thursday, August 16, 2007

I Don't Think This is Going to Make God Happy!!!!

My thanks goes out to Miss Beth for this information.
Her site is: http://missbethsvictorydance.blogspot.com/

Now my take. First let me say that this is one person and in the Netherlands. Please keep that in mind when reading the article. So why worry about one person in another country and what they think? Well it's obvious that the story is getting some attention. That means that others are going to be exposed to this way of thinking. And this, in my humble opinion, is where the new media comes into play. We've got to speak out against such nonsense.

The Bible clearly tell us that God is a jealous God. And God is called by several different names in His Holy Word, none of which is allah.

Can you get to allah through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?

Is there a Trinity with allah?

Does allah allow for free will?

Is the words of allah for the Jew and the Gentile?

I could ask question after question like this with all the answers being "no".

And for those of you, who like I are non-Catholics, please don't place the blame on the Catholic Church. This isn't from the Pope, but from one bishop. There are "renegades" in all religions that don't have the backing of the church, and this is the case here.

Comments are welcome, and if you think I'm wrong, let me know.

WorldNet Daily

Bishop urges Christians to call God 'Allah'
Catholic leader believes it would help ease tensions between religions

Catholic churches in the Netherlands should use the name Allah for God to ease tensions between Muslims and Christians, says a Dutch bishop.

Tiny Muskens, the bishop of Breda, told the Dutch TV program "Network" Monday night he believes God doesn't mind what he is called, Radio Netherlands Worldwide reported.
The Almighty is above such "discussion and bickering," he insisted.

Muskens points to Indonesia, where he served 30 years ago, as an example for Dutch churches. Christians in the Middle East also use the term Allah for God.

"Someone like me has prayed to Allah yang maha kuasa (Almighty God) for eight years in Indonesia and other priests for 20 or 30 years," Muskens said. "In the heart of the Eucharist, God is called Allah over there, so why can't we start doing that together?"

Muskens thinks it could take another 100 years, but eventually the name Allah will be used by Dutch churches, promoting rapprochement between the two religions, he said, according to Radio Netherlands.

However, a survey published today in the Netherlands' largest newspaper, De Telegraaf, showed 92 percent of the more than 4,000 people polled oppose the bishop's view, the Associated Press reported.

Some letters to the paper were filled with ridicule for the bishop.

"Sure. Lets call God Allah. Lets then call a church a mosque and pray five times a day. Ramadan sounds like fun," wrote Welmoet Koppenhol.

The chairman of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, Gerrit de Fijter, told the Dutch paper he welcomed any attempt to "create more dialogue," according to the AP. But he said, "Calling God 'Allah' does no justice to Western identity. I see no benefit in it."

A Muslim spokesman, for Amsterdam's union of Moroccan mosques, said Muslims had not asked for such a gesture from Christians, the AP reported.

Tensions with the Netherlands' 1-million-strong Muslim community have been high since the 2004 murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh by a Muslim avenging a film critical of Islam.
Last week, politician Geert Wilders talked about banning the Quran, shortly after the head of a group of former Muslims, Ehsan Jami, compared Islam's prophet Muhammad with al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Muskens made similar remarks several year ago about using the name of Allah, Radio Netherlands reported. He also suggested replacing the national Christian holiday Whit Monday - celebrated the day after Pentecost - with an Islamic religious day.

The bishop also has offended Muslims, saying in 2005 Islam was a religion without a future because it has too many violent aspects.