Only One God

The hand of God reaching down to touch the hand of man, symbolizing the creation of Adam.

While watching news reports on the heart-wrenching situation in Turkey, I was continually amazed at the reporter’s distortion of the reactions of the people upon recovery of trapped victims. You could hear the men yelling in unison praise to Allah; then the reporter says they all praise God for the recovery. What?...

Thus says ADONAI, Isra'el's King and Redeemer, ADONAI-Tzva'ot: "I am the first, and I am the last; besides me there is no God." (Is. 44:6, CJB)
Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him. (Deut. 4:35, KJV)

...I worked as a journalist while I lived in Israel, and I was very keen on being precise and factual, without opinion. Granted it is an emotional situation, but there is only one God, and it is not Allah.

...that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no other. (1 Kings 8:60, ESV)
  • “In the Ka’abah, there were 360 jinn (genies – idols, angels and demons), one of whom was called Allah.” 1
  • “The word ‘Allah’ comes from a compound Arabic word al-ilah. Al is the definite article ‘the’ and ilah is an Arabic word for god.” 2
  • “Allah is a purely Arabic term used in reference to an Arabian deity” 3
  • “’Allah’ is a proper name, applicable only to their [Arabs] peculiar god.” 4
  • "The origin of this [Allah] goes back to pre-Moslem times. Allah is not a common name meaning ‘God’ (or a god).” 5
  • “’Allah’ is a pre-Islamic name...corresponding to the Babylonian Bel” 6
  • “Allah was known to the pre-Islamic Arabs; he was one of the Meccan deities” 7
  • “Allah-worship, as well as the worship of Baal, were both astral religions in that they involved the worship of the sun, the moon, and the stars.” 8
  • “In Arabia, the sun god was viewed as a female goddess and the moon as the male god. The name Allah was used as the personal name of the moon god.” 9
  • “Allah, the moon god was married to the sun goddess. Together they produced three goddesses who were called ‘the daughters of Allah.’ These three goddesses were called Al-lat, Al-Uzza, and Manat [of the Satanic Verses].” 10
  • “The Allah of the Koran is not the God of the Bible.” 11

It is wrong, disrespectful, and blasphemous to equate Allah and God as the same. Why is this important to us? It would be like referring to my godly grandmother as Satan and not my grandmother.

The name of our Holy living God Almighty is being brought down to an earthly disrespectful level.

...because you are not to bow down to any other god; since Adonai — whose very name is Jealous — is a jealous God
They roused him to jealousy with alien gods, provoked him with abominations. (Deut. 32:16, CJB)
You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me. (Deut. 5:9, NASB)

God is not Buddha, Confucius, Allah, the man upstairs, Moroni, Sheva, the spirit in the sky…you get the picture. This is a minute list. These are the little gods that deceive and confuse people to lead them to an artificial “religion” and an eternal fire.

Why is this important to you? Because we cannot be ignorant in this day of multiple false teachings in our country as we reach out with the Gospel. While in St. Louis, I attended a meeting being led by a former Muslim on the basics of “reaching the Muslim for Yeshua”. He also happened to teach at the seminary. There was a mixture of people there, including several pastors. In the midst of his presentation, he said that he would teach the group some basic Arabic. My ears perked up because he was not from an Arab background. He told them the phrase and had them repeat it. “Good”, he said, “Let’s say that again”. I swiftly raised my hand before the third repeat. “Sir, I am quite familiar with that phrase. As I understand it, if repeated three times, you become Muslim. Am I right”.

“Uh, yes you are” he answered with frustration. “Then,” I suggested, “Let’s not say it again”. The attending pastors loudly said, “Good job, Nancy” and “Thank you, Nancy”. What was the purpose of teaching this phrase? He could have taught us "good morning" or "be my friend", etc. Instead, he chose: “There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet”. All I could think was, what if I had not been there? Of course, they would still be believers, but it would have given him an opportunity to say he had converted many to Islam.

Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. (Matt. 10:16, KJV)

We, believers, are living in an urgent day. People need the Lord. The angels cannot share the good news (we read that in Hebrews 1). We are the vehicle God has chosen to share His hope and salvation. We need to be aware of our surroundings and the world’s terminology. Naively, we can come across as agreeing with those who are professing the exact opposite of what the Bible teaches.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. (1 Tim. 2:5-6, ESV)
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! (James 2:19, ESV)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Tim. 2:15, KJV)

The best way to share God’s truth is to know your Bible, study it, meditate on it, and pray.

Don’t add anything to his words or he will rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prov. 30:6, CJB)
For false christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. (Matt. 24:24, ESV)

I pray this has opened your eyes a little to the deception of the world. It reminds me of the frog in the pot of water, heating ever so slowly, until he is cooked. We are a light in the darkness. Praise God for His Truth.

By the way, Steve has written another wonderful vehicle to share the gospel. It is called Plus 1. Please, let us know if you would like a copy that you may reproduce and share.

My gratitude:

  • Thank you from my heart for your prayers for my speedy recovery! How wonderful to have prayer partners!
  • Thank you, LeRoy Peterson of Washington, for catching my mistaken reference in last month’s newsletter.

In a world of discord, fear, and confusion – show the love of Yeshua and be Kind.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34, NIV)

Love from my heart,


Works Cited

1. Morey, The Islamic Invasion, p.160
2. Ibid., pp. 47-48
3. Ibid., p.48.
4. Hastings Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics
5. Ibid., p.49
6. Encyclopedia of Religion, Ibid., p.48
7. Encyclopedia of Islam, Ibid.
8. E.M. Wherry, A Comprehensive Commentary on the Quran (Onsbruuck: Otto Zeller Verlag, 1973), p.36, Ibid., p.50.
9. Ibid.
10. Ibid.
11. Dr. Anis Shrorrosh quoted in Jerusalem Post International Edition, May 1, 1993.

Nancy Cohen is the Director of Women's Ministries at Apple of His Eye

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