This came up in discussion not long ago.
Premise 1: If I believed Islam was a religion from God, I would be Muslim.
Premise 2: I’m not Muslim.
Conclusion: Therefore, I don’t believe Islam is a religion from God.
Islam and Christianity cannot both be right. Any Christian who says Islam is a message is mistaken about Islam or Christianity. The two religions teach opposite different things about:
- the Crucifixion and Resurrection
- And so on.
The teachings cannot be reconciled. To try, you must distort the teachings of both.
As to how and why? Maybe I’ll elaborate on these another time.
It says Allah in the Bible. I see this claim a lot.
Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic are all Semitic languages. That means they’re all related. Of course there are going to be similarities.
Let’s look at a word. In this case, ‘God’. Suitable.
- in Germanic languages: Gud, God, Gott, Got
- in Romance languages: Deus, Dios, Dio, Dieu, Diu, Déu
- in Slavic languages: Bóg, Bůh, Boh, Bog
They’re related, so they’re similar. It’s the same with Semitic languages. It’s not an unusual concept.
So, of course, “ilah”, “eloh”, “elaha” and so on are going to be quite similar.
Even if words are similar, “Allah” doesn’t mean the same God as in Islam. People used “Allah” before Muhammad “received his “revelations.
This is just grasping at straws. It is almost always by Sunni Muslims.