Satan is called Shaitan in Arabic, Persian and many other languages. Why is God called differently?
He's called Iblis in the Qur'an and only really called Shaitan in the Arabic translation of the Bible and some of the vernacular so that westerners will know whom they are talking about (The great Shaitan)
When Christianity came to the different groups they didn't change the name for God that the people used but carried on using the same word for God that the people had always used.
Example the Arab word for God is Allah and is used in both the Qur'an and the Bible. The problem comes when the word for God was also a personal name for a deity (like Shiva for the Hindus) then the Christians had to find a word that would describe his attributes yet not be associated with one deity.
As Satan was the arch enemy of God in the Bible there was no problem keeping the same name in a lot of places as most hadn't heard that name. Most religions didn't have an arch enemy for their deities *they were both good and bad).
chinese it is called " sa dan", in bahasa malaysia it is called "Syaitan", in Tamil it is called "cattan"
Yes, they all sound similar. Cattan, Syaitan, sa dan, shaitan, sheytan, satan etc. But when it comes to God, we have different names. Lawrence above has given a great explanation, that most religions didn't have any arch enemy for their deities.
As I got thinking about it the thought occurred that all the places mentioned had Christians who could have taken the idea (Persia and India had Christians from the 1st Century with the Apostle Thomas planting the churches there)
Thanks Lawrence, once again. However, as I understand, Persian predates English, and Sanskrit, the original Vedic Indian language, is the precursor to many Indo-European languages including Italic, Hellenic and German. Please refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-European_languages for further details. Moreover, during Christ time, they spoke in Aramaic, so Satan, Shaitan etc must have evolved independently and earlier. I think so, though it needs further research.
by paarsurrey 24 months ago
Hi friendsArabic is the Mother of all Languages not Hebrew? This is my understanding; my own mother language is Punjabi, however.ThanksI am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim
by ayaniv 10 months ago
Which is older English or Arabic?
by Rumana 5 years ago
Is it easy to learn to speak Arabic language?
by Debra Allen 22 months ago
The Bible says that all one has to do is ask for forgiveness. Now being that, do you think that Satan might have already asked God for forgiveness? Now before you rattle off scripture.....I don't believe...but I could be wrong....that the Bible has nothing to say on that.
by bloggernotjogger 9 months ago
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