Of Jesus Christ, God, Allah, and...Rick Santorum (Again)

In the Name of the Beautiful, Gracious, and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved

Last Sunday, a pastor in central Louisiana, Rev. Dennis Terry, introduced Rick Santorum in his church, and he said this (among many other things):

I don't care what the liberals say; I don't care what the nay-sayers say, this nation was founded as a Christian nation. The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. There's only one God...and His name is Jesus.

He later said:

We don't worship Buddha...we don't worship Muhammad. We don't worship Allah. We worship God, we worship God's son Jesus Christ.

What I found interesting about the good Reverend's comments was his claim that they "don't worship Muhammad" or "Allah," but they worship "God." Well, we Muslims don't worship Muhammad, either. We follow him as Prophet, just like the Jews follow Moses (and many others) as Prophet. We Muslims worship God as well, which most Muslims call "Allah."

But, I couldn't help but chuckle when I heard Rev. Terry say that he doesn't worship "Allah" but "God." Doesn't he know that Jesus Christ himself called God "Allah"? No, it's true. The language of Jesus Christ was not Hebrew (the language of the Old Testament) or Greek (the language of the New Testament), but Aramaic. And in said language, Aramaic, the name for God is "Alah" or "Alaha."

One of the names of God in Hebrew is "El." In fact, Jesus's given name in the Bible is "Emmanu-el," which means "The Lord is with us." Notice the word "El" is embedded in that name. Another name for Prophet Jacob, the God of whom Rev. Terry worships, is "Isra-el," or "The one who wrestled with God." Again: the word "El" is embedded in the  name.

When Jesus cried out on the cross, he said:

Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34)

Once again, notice that the word "Eloi" also has the word "El" embedded within. These words: Allah, Eloi, El, Alaha are cognates, or words with a common etymological origin. Thus, Christ called God "Allah."

Now, I swear, I am not picking on Rick Santorum. But, he seems to either get confused about Islam and the "God of Abraham" or associates himself with people who don't realize that Christ himself called God "Allah." Yet, this sort of thing happens when we don't talk to each other.

When we don't talk to each other, we say things like this: "We don't worship Allah, but God." When we don't talk to each other, we say things like "Allah is a 'monkey god.'" When we don't talk to each other, we fear one another which, as Master Yoda told us, "is the path to the Dark Side." The more we talk to each other, the more we know one another, and the more we come together as a people and a nation. And this process cannot start soon enough.

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