Saturday, January 09, 2010

Food for Thought

.. in this time of apparent displeasure between two major religions of the world.
Taking place, of course; in Malaysia- where it is evident that religion has been confused with politics.

Firstly, this:

As I have affirmed earlier in a pretty long treatise titled "Allah is A Name, Not A Word", I say it again that you will surely lose the court case. I do not want to bet with you but the case is overwhelmingly on the side of Islam and not yours. If the premise for the usage of the word is purely based on the used of the name by Christian Arabs in the Middle East, the case shall be thrown out at its first mention. If the contention is in the etymological consideration of the word `Al-Ilah' or `Elah', the burden is on you to prove that `Allah' is a contraction form either one of these Arabics words for Gods"

Well, the passage/comment above was a response to this:

While some Christians think that reference is made to a different God altogether, I tend to disagree with that. I think that God is God. If one were to believe in the theology of unity, then God is God. A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet. Allah just happens to be the Arabic term for God. Just like Tuhan is the Malay word. Gott is in German. Dio is in Spanish. Shang-Ti in Chinese.

There's always two sides of the story. At the end of the day (in this case), it's alot (and I mean ALOT) about tolerance. I feel it has nothing to do with not standing up for your belief or a whimpy "letting them win", but realising the fact that we live in a country with so many cultures and religions. It is undeniably important that tolerance be a key factor in making any decisions.

Especially if you know that some parties can be so sticky.

Allah is a name (as in Kata Nama Khas) to the Muslims.
Allah is a word (as in Kata Nama Am) to the Christians.

This doesn't make anyone in the wrong.
Submitting to God's command in loving our neighbours as ourselves, is probably what we as Christians should do right now. I won't even quote "love your enemies" because really, they're NOT the enemy. They're doing exactly what we would do-- defending our faith.

Pray, people. Pray.
Exciting things will happen.

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