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article imageBishop urges Christians to call God 'Allah'

By RobotGod     Aug 15, 2007 in World
Catholic leader believes it would help ease tensions between religions. What's in a name after all? One would think that God does not care what you call him by. He/She is above such things.
Worldnetdaily reports that a Catholic Bishop urges Christians to call God Allah.
He says that Catholic churches in the Netherlands should begin using the name Allah for God in order to ease tensions between Muslims and Christians.
On a Dutch TV program "Network" on Monday night, he told them that he believes God doesn't mind what he is called, and he insisted that God is above such bickering.
He uses Indonesia as an example as he served there 30 years ago and talks about how 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?"
There are some people that might object to such thinking, while others would agree that God is much larger then that and beyond caring about petty things such as names.
He said that it might take a hundred years, but he believes that the name Allah will be used by dutch churches. He believes it will promote rapprochement between the two religions.
But not so fast Bishop. A survey in Netherlands' largest newspaper, De Telegraaf, showed 92 percent of the more than 4,000 people polled oppose the bishop's way of thinking.
Only time will tell, but right now it looks like not many agree with this Bishop.
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