What They Really Want

I came across an article in Christianity Today discussing the issue of Christians using the term Allah in Malaysia and Indonesia (http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/august/14.15.html). Some interesting points:

  • A bible in Indonesian has recently been made available that doesn’t use Allah – Kitab Suci Indonesian Literal Translation (KS-ILT). Only thing is that the NECF Malaysia are refusing to use it.
  • The Herald admits that the issue is not about linguistics but about freedom. Lawrence Andrew, their editor, claims “the country is moving away from the multireligious and multiethnic composition that negotiated independence from the British to a domination of one race over all”. So in other words, the reason they are insisting on using Allah is not because there isn’t a more appropriate term they could use, but because  they want to prove a point.
  • A bible translator is more candid. He says “using Allah in Indonesia is strategic” and that “The negative impact of not using it is that it would make it harder for a Muslim to pick up a Bible.
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5 Responses to “What They Really Want”

  1. Kit Siang dan Guan Eng punya putar-belit | Helen Ang Says:

    […] Please read Oik’s ‘What the Christians Say‘ and ‘What They Really Want‘. […]

  2. ARHitam Says:

    See! It is so clearly orchestrated to pursue the agenda!

  3. eduard Says:

    One commenter in the Christianity Today suggested the use of the term ‘Creator’, and I agree with that. Instead of Allah the Malaysian Christians should instead use Pencipta, and expand on that to refer to the Jesus of Christianity.

  4. Gerakan Kristianisasi: Muslim Malaysia diasak bertubi-tubi | Helen Ang Says:

    […] Di Malaysia, tuntutan penggunaan ‘Allah’ adalah tipu daya kontekstualisasi. Atas sebab inilah kita sering mendengar orang Kristian begitu bersungguh-sungguh menyatakan bahawa agama mereka dan agama Islambersaudara dalam berkongsi satu Tuhan. […]

  5. Gerakan Kristianisasi: Muslim Malaysia diasak bertubi-tubi | Karim's Blog Says:

    […] Di Malaysia, tuntutan penggunaan ‘Allah’ adalah tipu daya kontekstualisasi. Atas sebab inilah kita sering mendengar orang Kristian begitu bersungguh-sungguh menyatakan bahawa agama mereka dan agama Islam bersaudara dalam berkongsi satu Tuhan. […]

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