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What's the name of our God?

And why some people say that his name is not be used?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:25 AM on Jun. 24, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • By "our God" I assume you mean the God of Abraham. He is generally refered to as Yaweh or Jehovah in philosophical writings or discussions, though obviously most people prefer to just say "God" & some people simply say "He." And of course, other languages have other names in their native tongue. In the past it was believed that saying the name of God was something too powerful & overwhelming for the "average joe" so the name was only shared with those seriously studying theology.

    Answer by nysa00 at 11:26 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • People believe that certain names for Him are holy, and that is why they are not to be used. It has to do with respect.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 10:47 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • The ancient people believed that knowing the true name of a God gave humans power over it. When God did reveal his name to them he gave them YHWH. Because vowels were not written it's difficult for us to know exactly how it was said. But common translation pronounces it as Yahweh and then it's translated again in to English as Jehovah.

    HOWEVER... The roughtly translated Yehweh in the ancient Canaanite language actually means "I am what I am" So in essance he was not giving them his name, he was actively refusing to allow them to believe they had any power.

    SO, what it boils down to is that Jehovah or Yehweh are the names we associate with Abrahams god, but is not his actual name. However it is the name that HE gave to his people to use. So that would have to mean that it's what he expects them to use.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:47 AM on Jun. 24, 2009