Letter: Faith column

April 2, 2014 

Just a couple of corrections to Mark Garlock's letter "Faith column" of March 17. The Christian doctrine of the Trinity is not found in the Bible. It was first formally defined at the Council of Nicaea in the year 325 C.E./A.D.

Garlock is correct that Allah (Arabic) and Yahweh (Hebrew) are not the same name, but Allah (Arabic) and El and Elohim (Hebrew) are the same name. So Allah and Elohim both mean God.

Arabic and Hebrew are both Semitic languages, so they share many similar words, such as "salaam" (Arabic) and "shalom" (Hebrew). They both mean "peace."

Ralph Nielsen, Moscow

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