Beware: Jehovah and Allah are not the same God

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Beware: Jehovah and Allah are not the same God

This article will look at four questions: Why are the names Allah and Jehovah beginning to be used interchangeably by some Christians in this country? Why are those two deities not the same God at all? Why does it matter? What can be done? Footnotes are provided at the end to document the argument and conclusions on this vital distinction.

Many Arab Christians in America are now referring to Jehovah, the God of the Bible, as “Allah.” Using the same name for different gods serves the objectives of the interfaith movement which is focused on political correctness and the unity of a one world religion. This lapse in linguistic rigor has helped contribute to the fact that 40% of evangelical Christians now believe that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. (1)

A partial Arabic translation of the Bible, for liturgical purposes, is often traced back to the 8th century A.D.(2) (after Mohammed established the regional presence of Islam) but no definite evidence exists on the date of those liturgical verse translations. The entire Bible was not translated into Arabic until the 19th century by British missionaries to complete the few verses that had been translated into Arabic for liturgical purposes earlier. (3)

We know that post-Islamic missionaries (from Great Britain, etc.) came to the Middle East after Arabic Bible translations were completed but they were reluctant to evangelize under the name of Jehovah because they feared Islamic reprisal due to Mohammed’s history of violence and conquest. (4) British missionaries came to the Middle East when Muslims ruled the land. They had to appease the political rulers and used the name “Allah” in an attempt to avoid violence. The Christian Arabs typically used “al-Rub” not “Allah” before that time. (5)

It’s important to understand that the name of Allah originated in polytheism and long before Islam ever arose. Mohammed was born in 570 and began preaching about his new religion of Islam (with Allah as its god) around 610. He gained 150 converts in his first 13 years of evangelism in Mecca and then went to Medina where he pursued physical, or combat, jihad while acquiring 100,000 converts up until his death in 632 A.D. using the name of Allah. (6) However, the god name Allah had existed several centuries before Mohammed co-opted it as the god of Islam. Allah was a truncated form of Al-Ilah, one of the 360 pagan deities worshipped by the nomadic pagan and polytheistic Arabs at the Kaaba in Mecca before, during, and after the time of Christ. (7) Mohammed’s father was also named Abdullah (meaning “slave of Allah”.) A tribe of Jews was called Abdullah bin Salam in the Bukhari Hadith. (8)

The Christian church exploded in growth in the first century A.D. Christian missionaries came through the Middle East/Africa regions in the late 2nd century and, in an effort to evangelize the polytheistic Arabs, sought a way to get these Arabs to understand the one true God of Jehovah. The missionaries may have used the name “Al-Ilah” (understood by the polytheistic Arabs as the one god higher than the other 359) in an effort to evangelize the Arabs at that time. Although we do not have archaeological, manuscript, inscription, mural, sermon, theological writings, or similar evidence of Christian missionaries using Al-Ilah as a reference to Jehovah in pre-Islamic history, many speculate that Arab Christians in pre-Islamic history used Allah as a reference to Jehovah. (9) If true, Christian missionaries, through lack of discernment, might have used Al-Ilah, a god that the polytheistic Arabs were familiar with as being the supreme god of the 360 gods worshipped by polytheistic Arabs at Mecca and throughout the region as an evangelical tool.

As Arabs converted to Christianity, some may have referred to Jehovah as Allah while the pagan Arabs referred to Allah as one of the 360 gods worshipped by the polytheistic Arab community. This concession to naming expediency on the part of Christian missionaries to reach polytheistic Arabs may have started the problem that we find today with two groups (Arab Christians and Muslims) using the same name of Allah to refer to two different gods. Al-Ilah was shortened to Allah. The problem is that the missionaries may have conflated two gods into one name in their zeal for evangelism. Some of these early Arab converts, e.g., Ghassanids, Lakhmids, Banu Judham, and Hamadan, etc. may have begun calling Jehovah “Allah” post 300 A.D., and 300 years before Mohammed created the Islamic “Allah.” Mohammed used “Allah” as the means to bring Arabs out of polytheism and into Islam. The Jews and Christians of that time rejected his teaching as false (they were also familiar with the Al-Ilah becoming Allah) and Mohammed ultimately became a physical jihadist to compel conversion. Forced conversions to Islam (and Allah) continue to this very day. Unlike Islam, Christianity (as taught from the Bible) does not condone forced conversions. These are two very different religions with two very different gods. It makes no logical or theological sense to have these two different gods share the same name.

Here’s why this matters so much: The contemporary problem is that some places (Mauritania) still use Allah as a reference to Jehovah while others (Mali) culturally reject that notion. (10) Riots erupted in Malaysia when some Christians used the name Allah to refer to Jehovah. (11) This is now becoming a problem in the United States as Arab Christians, among others, come to America and call Jehovah “Allah.” Our culture, unfamiliar with this history, is ill equipped to reconcile this naming aberration. Consequently, we are seeing Christians say that they worship the same God as Islam. Sadly, this may have started with over-zealous Christian missionaries in the 2nd and 3rd centuries who chose a naming expediency in their efforts to lead polytheists into monotheism.

There is ambiguity among Muslims with respect to the Allah naming convention because Allah is the name of their God, and it, through colloquial use, is becoming a generic name for God. However, this contradiction confounds the Muslim when encountering other religions such as Hinduism, a polytheistic religion of 900 million adherents. (12) “When asked, does Hinduism have thousands of Allahs, Muslims say no, because there is just one Allah. The Muslim response is that Hindus worship idols.” (13)

The lack of discernment in pre-Islamic evangelism and the lack of courage in post-Islamic evangelism on the part of Christian missionaries has corrupted the use of Allah as a name for Jehovah. Further, there is an interfaith effort (of questionable theological origins) called Chrislam that seeks to bring these two disparate faiths together. This constitutes heresy as Islam rejects Jesus as God and Savior while Christianity rejects the Allah of Islam as a means to salvation outside of Jesus Christ.

The Allah of Islam has 99 names, only one of which includes love, the primary character attribute of Jehovah, God of the Bible. (14) An extreme example illustrates the point of having one name for two different persons. Imagine naming a child Adolf Hitler in a remote tribal region yet when he grows up to be an international businessman, he finds social outrage when conducting business in the West. Those familiar with the German tyrant would see this as a horrendous offense to society while those who were ignorant of who Hitler was would be indifferent to such a naming convention. This, in an overly dramatic way, resembles the challenge to Christians who neither understand the origins of the name Allah in polytheistic Arab culture nor the co-option of the name Allah by Mohammed in promoting Islam.

What then can be done? The failure of discernment on the part of pre-Islamic Christian missionaries in the Middle East and the lack of courage (or fidelity to truth) on the part of post-Islamic Christian missionaries in the Middle East has contributed to the current problem of one name (Allah) being used to represent two different gods. American Christians today should be understanding of the global cultural confusion regarding the use of Allah for Jehovah but discourage the use of Allah for Jehovah by Arab Christians, and others, in the United States.

These two monotheistic faiths make separate and conflicting truth claims regarding salvation for eternity. Those that use the same name for the different gods of these two faiths serve the interests of ignorance, deception, or error. Discerning Christians and Muslims already acknowledge the differences in faith, the differences in the gods they serve, and the differences in the names of those gods. It is now the task for followers of each respective faith to preserve those differences in the public arena without succumbing to the political correctness of the interfaith movement while retaining a civil discourse and respecting the sincerity of each others faith.

Accepting the same name for two different gods as part of “political correctness” accelerates the onset of Chrislam efforts, increases the likelihood of apostasy, ignores the historical truth, and denies the reality of the two largest religions asserting competing truth claims. It appears that Martin Luther, founder of the Protestant Reformation, was prophetic when he said “It is better to be divided by truth than united in error.”


  3. Correspondence with Robert Morey, Ph.D. May 11. 2012
  5. Correspondence with Robert Morey, Ph.D. May 11. 2012
  6. Correspondence with Bill Warner May 21, 2011
  7. Winning the War with Radical Islam. Robert Morey Ph.D. Christian Scholar Press 2002 p.14.
  8. Bukari Hadith vol.5 book 59 ch.13 no.362 p.241
  9. Correspondence with Craig Blomberg, Ph.D. May 8, 2012
  10. Ibid.
  13. Correspondence with Messianic Rabbi R. Drebenshedt May 11. 2012


  1. Mike Penning June 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    BS, there is only one spiritual energy force at work in the universe, Man, so called prophets, wich include Jesus and Mohammed merely have taken a story which they dream up, can relate too then excite the masses with and give them a reason for life and living. Then, of course, there will be a conflict of interpretation of who God is.We will only become aware of this when we enter the afterlife.Then we still not have the end answer we so crave for.

    • Lori July 26, 2017 at 6:52 am - Reply

      Jesus is more than a prophet. He is I AM. Matt 1:23; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 43:10:11; Jesus is the First and the Last/God is the First and the Last (Rev 1:17-18; 2:8); God is the Redeemer (Is. 44:6) Jesus is the Redeemer (2 Peter 1:1); God made all things-Jesus made all things (John 1:3; Col. 1:16); In the Beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made (John 1:1-3) And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:14) “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” Therefore the Jews sought to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. (John 5:17-18) [You see, the Jews knew that He was claiming to be God, that’s why they crucified Him. They thought He was blaspheming, but in fact, He was God and He was telling the truth!] “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I AM [He], you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24) [Here Jesus says, He is Jehovah God.] Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” [He also claims to be I AM here also.] Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9-11) [Again, He is claiming He is God] And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28) God purchased us with His own blood. (John 20:28) Jesus’ blood purchased us. (Rev 1:5-6; 5:8-9) For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9) DO YOU NOW SEE THAT JESUS WAS GOD? HE WAS NOT JUST A PROPHET LIKE MOHAMMED….AND….MOHAMMED NEVER CLAIMED TO BE GOD LIKE JESUS….MOHAMMED DIDN’T DIE FOR OUR SINS….MOHAMMED WASN’T RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD…JESUS AND MOHAMMED ARE WAYYYYY DIFFERENT IN NATURE, IN CHARACTER, IN TRUTH. MOHAMMED WAS DECEIVED BY A LYING DEMON.

  2. mcm June 16, 2017 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Arabic word for god is ilah its feminine goddess is ilahatan
    Allah is invariant like all proper names and has no feminine nor plural forms
    Shahada itself says “la ilah ila Allah” whitch word by word gives “no god but Allah”
    All muslim of all countries says Allah and not god in their respective langages

  3. Kenneth Markus June 5, 2017 at 3:52 am - Reply

    We call the Almighty God Rimam in my dialect. What is bringing all this confusion is that we Christians don’t have a general name for God like the way Muslims use Allah anywhere in the world you meet a Muslim. May God give us all understanding.

  4. Justin May 30, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Lucifer (or Satan the Devil) is both Allah and Jehovah. Allah and Jehovah do not exist including Lucifer..they are a illusion or invisible. Both books the Quaran and Bible writings are corrupted by their own man made doctrines. The only way there.will be a new world order is if Allah and Jehovah the two most powerful religions become one religion. Lucifer is controlling spirituality through illuminati christ consciousness religion evolution and universal energy force. He is mind controlling this very second through subconscious cancer consciousness. Aliens are not the creator of the universe. They are demons or ghost in disguise. Lucifer and his demons are spiritual guides or acsended masters that are tricking humankind brain wave activity by guiding them through psychic mindful meditation to trick them into the light of cosmic infinite love in spirtual realms that are controlled by lucifer.

    The only true light in this world is Jesus the Creator of the universe whose has eternal salvation and his the only way to heaven.

    Reincarnation is a lie. Oneness and Unity is never going to be accomplished because it is controlled by the Anti Christ.

    While you are on earth just have a true personal relationship with the Creator. Only God can judge you once wether it’s taking you to heaven or hell once you die. God is a personal transcending being.

  5. Ordean Bierman March 7, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

    For all you religious based people that know it all. There is only one that will get you to heaven. You must believe in Jesus the son of God who was raised from the dead. Can you say that for any other prophet in any other religion? Believe in anything else and you’ll end up in hell. Do you want to take that chance? May God have mercy on your soul.

    • sadiq May 15, 2017 at 12:13 am - Reply

      U can not convinced people only by your words but u need a tangible proofs to back up your reasoning.

  6. zen January 8, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Our bible God name Jehovah he is father son holyspirit, but Allah have 99 names but not Jehovah?? Why because Allah is not true prophets god!! ((( what you western and Americans are doing even knowing trut about islam, people are confusing by Muslims, and Christians are converting to Islam without knowing truth… Save them. Amen

    • Charma February 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Jehovah is God, Jesus is his son, and the holy spirit is God active force. Three, not one.

      • Charma February 14, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

        John 17:3

      • Tierra September 16, 2017 at 5:33 am - Reply

        Thank you, Jehovah is the true god, and the only God, Jesus is his son, in the Bible Jesus says that he is not god he says he is the son of God

  7. David January 3, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

    First of all we don’t know who is Allah.. Untill Mohammed started a new religion called Islam.. God of hebrew Bible is Jehovah.. When u pronounce Jehovah in Arab it changes yehuah.. When it is called in Hebrew it’s Elohim, from where did word Allah come from.. Even if u change in other languages it says only Allah.. This itself clearly shows a mono poly.. And forced to use this word Allah.. And influencing as Almighty and claiming that is Jehovah.. And Allah was existed before. Without any documentation.. If there is a small changes in a religion it will still remain same.. As u know Jews, Roman Catholic, Protestant and Pentecost and missionaries still all accept Jesus as Christ son of God and Jehovah Almighty God as father of heaven and earth.. But from where did this new religion Islam come.. Which claims that gods angel gabriel as given last revelation and asked to change the Christianity as Islam.. Bible says Almighty God Jehovah never changes.. Then who asked Gabriel to give revelation to mohammed.. People have to think about it.. Read entire Bible and Koran to find which one is gods word.. And which is truth and which one is corrupted.. 40 prophet s inspired by God and wrote the Bible for 1600yrs without seeing each other.. Or one man who copied scriptures in d period of 62 + 150 =212 years and writing is own thoughts and blaming it’s a gods word..

  8. Isaac December 9, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

    God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a loving and caring God.

    God is a generic word, which Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and several others use. But it is not a name. Similarly allah was a generic name of old middle eastern world for God.

    Anyway Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of Yahweh God. Yahweh God, Jesus and Holy Spirit are one Person yet 3 Persons. The Holy Trinity. I will worship Him and only Him.

    Simple question to muslims to think about: Quran says that Jesus was virgin born and a prophet. It also says that Jesus ascended to heaven. Does it mean that alla was wrong in considering Jesus worthy enough to be taken up into heaven (which even mohamad was not accorded)

    • True speaker December 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      Brother, Jesus (P.B.U.H) was taken to Heavens due to some good reasons. If you are referring “going to Heaven”, then every one who belives In God (Allah) and his Prophets will definitely go to Heaven, it was already decided. Before the world ends Anti-crist will come and the only person who can kill Anti-crist is Prophet Jesus (pbuh). So, then, at that particulr time Prophet Jesus (pbup) will return to the world, he will kill Anti-crist and then rules the world for 40years. It is truth and it will happen for sure, trust me.

    • True speaker December 25, 2016 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      We muslims only belive the God who is the God of Prophet Abraham, Prophet Isaac, Prophet Jacob, Prophet Moses, Prophet Jesus and Prophet Mohammed.

  9. Madonna September 21, 2016 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I used to believe that my god’s name is (Allah) for many years, its how all Christians around me used to call him and how it is also the Arabic translation of god’s name in our bibles.
    Now my living god, the one who saves, opened my eyes and saved me from (Satan)’s deceiving, to teach me his name and what to call him in my prayers.
    Now I believe that my god is (Jehovah), and his beloved son is (Jesus Christ), the one who died for my on the cross.
    Thank you so much.

    • Lori July 26, 2017 at 6:58 am - Reply

      Praise God for His revelations to us.

  10. James September 10, 2016 at 2:59 am - Reply

    The two gods mentioned are no true gods or god. If you search the qualities of the true God you will come to know that “Love” is the true God. And until you all accept it, you will know no peace.

    • Len Wright September 26, 2016 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Psalm 83:18 in an OLDER KJ version shows God’s name.

  11. Thesaint September 1, 2016 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    You can’t judge the Bible from quaran’s perspective! Jehovah is the God of the Bible and through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, His servants wrote the Bible. These include many prophets and apostles, while quaran is written by one person without a witness, except for a flying donkey!
    Jehovah of the Bible has a Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Muslims a right, their god Allah does not has a son, because Allah is not Jehovah. Allah has not the characteristics that qualifies him to be Jehovah. For what I have learned about him, he has more of the attributes of Satan than the God of the Bible!
    Christian should stop debating that Jesus is the son of Allah!!!

  12. Thesaint September 1, 2016 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    You can’t the Bible from quaran’s perspective! Jehovah is the God of the Bible and through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, His servants wrote the Bible. These include many prophets and apostles, while quaran is written by one person without a witness, except for a flying donkey!
    Jehovah of the Bible has a Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Muslims a right, their god Allah does not has a son, because Allah is not Jehovah. Allah has not the characteristics that qualifies him to be Jehovah. For what I have learned about him, he has more of the attributes of Satan than the God of the Bible!
    Christian should stop debating that Jesus is the son of Allah!!!

  13. Sanel Babic August 15, 2016 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    What a disappointment, coming from such prestige institution. Denying that “Allah” means “God” in Arabic is pitiful. Insinuating that there are different Gods in mainstream religions is defying Pope himself.

  14. Ermin Kreso August 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Your knowledge of Islam and its theology is rudimentary to say the least and your interpretation of Christianity is evidently suspect as well – are you seriously proposing that there are multiple Gods? A Muslim God? A Christian God? If you ask experts in Judaism, they might query you on the identity of God and tell you that they see conflict in Christian views of the divinity, but likely will tell you they see no conflict with the Islamic views of God.

    Allah is an ancient name predating modern Islam. It evolved from Al-ilah, meaning “the god” to signify the main or top divinity among other divinities/gods (simply “ilah”) and ilah (Hebrew Eloah) evolved from the ancient semitic name for God, EL/IL as we attest in the personal names such as Gabriel, Michael and place names such as Bab-il-on (the gate of gods).

    Arabic-speaking Christians use the name “Allah” to refer to God, i.e. God the Father, in their speech and liturgy. They are not confused, but you are. Please go back to theology school, or you are welcome to call yourself a polytheist, advocating that modern humans believe in multiple gods…

  15. The Aided November 23, 2014 at 5:56 am - Reply

    Allah is one of the name used to refer to God the Creator, and does not mean god. As in arabic , god is being referred with ilah. In other semitic language god would be elah/eloah/el.

    Allah in Israelite scriptures would be referring to Yhwh (name for God the Creator referred by Israelites).

    some Christian sect believed that Jesus and Yhwh are two different presence. as can be found in Roman Christian books for e.g in John, it is mention that Word/Jesus is with ‘God’…Word /Jesus is ‘God’… (greek use noun theo=god an not name of Allah the Creator). But this does not mean Word/Jesus is Yhwh/Allah. It is just that Word/Jesus believed to have equal status to Yhwh/Allah that is having the status of theo=god (in Roman Christian belief).

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