THE NAME OF JESUS-THE NAME WHICH IS ABOVE ALL NAMES
The recent advice from a dissident cleric in the Netherlands who suggested that peace between Islam and Christianity could be obtained by calling our Lord and Savior "Allah", is not only futile but wicked. While this cleric seeks to compromise the Word of God to appease the violent and heretical, God's people are perishing for lack of knowledge of the power and value of Jesus' name. God does indeed care what we call Him
St Paul tells us that "Jesus" is "a name above all names".
And that "in the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend in Heaven, on earth and in Hell" (Phil.2:10).
Further "there is salvation in the Name of Jesus and...there is no salvation in any other name except that Name." (Acts 4:12.)
But why is Jesus name so powerful?
Because He is God made man. The incarnation is a mind-boggling concept that is unique to Christianity. That the Creator of Heaven and Earth would actually humble Himself to not only become one of us, but willingly sacrifice Himself to appease the Father for our transgressions is beyond comprehension without the light of grace. Claimed revelations by a mere mortal named Muhammed do not begin to rise to the incredible claims of Christianity.
We can benefit from the use of the name of Jesus, by praying His name. St Paul tells us "All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ..." (Col 3:17) The name of Jesus is the shortest and most powerful prayer we can say when we are unable to set aside a specific time in our overly busy lives. Every moment and every act can become a prayer when we do it in the name of Jesus. When Jesus name is said in devout love, and respect we give glory to God, we receive great graces for ourselves, and we can even help other souls.
When we say the holy name of "Jesus" our intentions can be as follows:
(1) To offer to God all the merits of the Incarnation.
(2) To offer to God the Passion and Death of Jesus. St Paul tells us that Jesus merited His name by His sufferings and death. Thus when we say "Jesus" we should offer the Passion and Death of our Lord to the Eternal Father for His glory and for our intentions.
(3) Finally though the recitation of the name of Jesus we can obtain the graces of all the masses said throughout the world on any given day. "The Mass is Jesus...All we have to do is to say "Jesus Jesus" with the intention of offering these Masses and participating in them. By doing this we have a share in all of them" The Wonders of the Holy Name, Fr Paul O'Sullivan.
Rather than praying to "Allah" let us instead pray for the conversion of the followers of "Allah"-- in Jesus name!