This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: January 1 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Yearning for Eternity
Have Humans from Antiquity
Without our God as friend we’d be
About the Creator who wears the title God and has an English name:
Why is it important for God to have a name or rather to make known the name He already has?
A name is usually synonymous with reputation, which cannot possibly be connected to a person without a literal name; as in whose reputation?
All Christians of whatever denominational flavour have heard about Jesus, right? Well, there is a book generally known as the Bible or the Scriptures, which is also about Jesus, right?
Some of you may have actually heard of The Lord's Prayer and that it is situated right within that book as part of the words of Jesus, right?
Please note what he said there about God's name:
After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
The NWT reads: Let your name be sanctified
How were those non-Christian Israelite disciples Jesus spoke to here, supposed to do that?
Simply by behaviour. God was Israel's family head. Their behaviour reflected badly on the head. Jesus' repentant Israelite disciples were encouraged here to change that for the better.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
. . . Most scholars believe "Jehovah" to be a late (ca. 1100 CE) hybrid form derived by combining the Latin letters JHVH with the vowels of Adonai, but there is some evidence that it may already have been in use in (5th century). . . .
Written Hebrew was strictly consonantal. Try that some time with the English language ; or as the last sentence would look like written consonantally: tr tht sm tm wth th nglsh lngg.
Spoken Hebrew, however, is entirely phonetic as is English and most other languages. The speaker will supply the vowel sounds naturally, while the reader needs to supply the vowels from memory - that is, before vowel pointing was invented. The English consonantal construct bldg. needs neither introduction nor explanation, for the meaning is obvious as is its correct vocalisation with the speaker supplying the missing letters.
So it is with yhwh, except that the missing vowels are indeed. Permanently!
Meaning of the name:
From Insight on the Scriptures Volume 2 page 12 - Jehovah -
a Watchtower encyclopedic publication:
The name Jehovah comes from the Hebrew verb ha·wah´, “become,” and actually means “He Causes to Become.” This reveals Jehovah as the One who, with progressive action, causes himself to become the Fulfiller of promises. Thus he always brings his purposes to realization. Only the true God could rightly and authentically bear such a name.
As I said in another place, the latest organized shift away from Jehovah to Yahweh is largely due to the ubiquitous door knocking of Jehovah's Witnesses who have placed more emphasis on the Fathers name rather than on Jesus' from around the 1930s.
How that name is to be pronounced has been a bit of a waste of time really. In European languages the i, j, y, g have visited a variety of places to sound alike or not so.
The German language Jehova is actually pronounced Yehovah, because the German J has an English Y sound.
So, in a way the German version has been close to Yahweh anyway, the other aberration of that illustrious name hitherto without any known, legitimate and correct pronunciation.
So what is the problem? None, as long as there is an identifiable unique personal name to distinguish God the Creator of the universe from the whole bunch of man-made gods who all have a name and frequently demand some of the more horrendous, inhuman or strange practices from their devotees.
As all those who rule, judge or otherwise make themselves important, have a literal name so that the source of their good or evil deeds can be determined and accommodated or not, so does the Creator have a name to distinguish Himself from all invented ones, created in the image of those who do the inventing, so that they can be legitimately licentious.
It's all part of the blame-game; it's all Zeus' or Moloch's fault or whoever demands of me to sacrifice my children in the fire or war or by whatever means the god-fiends get their kicks.
What is even worse is that these gods are complete figments of the imagination to allow tribal heads, Gurus and Shamans to actually get their own kicks of power, prestige and . . . wait for it . . . MONEY.
Christianity also has a god, who for some unknown reason would have remained largely nameless if it had not been for some very devoted individuals who rediscovered it and enshrined in song, mural, sculpture, poem and gravestone as well as in the bible, where it had been all along.
Uh, I almost forgot, the apostate bride of Christ made a god out of her bridegroom; the Christ - a bit of cut & paste magic. Is that what women want? JKL
Intrepid translators in England and the USA dared to resurrect that worthy and meaningful name to be hallowed, early in the 20th Century with a refurbished version of the Authorized* Version of the King James Bible that, incidentally, was not written, but simply sponsored by that worthy gentleman for a whole number of reasons.
But to be fair, that well-loved translation does indeed feature the name of God Jehovah at least 4 times out of nearly 7000 in these verses: Exodus 6:3; Psalms 83:18; Isaiah 12:2 and 26:4.
*Why did that have to be authorized again when the author had already done that? Silly question? Probably.
In any case, here in the foreword of the American Standard Version, the translators explain why they had included or rather faithfully translated the illustrious name of God into the English vernacular:
Part of the Preface of the original American Standard Version of 1901,
which was a complete revision of the King James Authorized version of 1611
Page IV of preface:
1. The change first proposed in the Appendix —that which substitutes "Jehovah" for "LORD" and "GOD" (printed in small capitals)— is one which will be unwelcome to many, because of the frequency and familiarity of the terms displaced. But the American Revisers, after a careful consideration, were brought to the unanimous conviction that a Jewish superstition, which regarded the Divine Name as too sacred lo be uttered, ought no longer to dominate in the English or any other version of the Old Testament, as it fortunately does not in the numerous versions made by modern missionaries. This Memorial Name, explained in Ex. iii, 14, 15, and emphasized as such over and over in the original text of the Old Testament, designates God as the personal God, as the covenant God, the God of revelation, the Deliverer, the Friend of his people;—not merely the abstractly "Eternal One" of many French translations, but the ever living Helper of those who are in trouble. This personal name, with its wealth of sacred associations, is now restored to the place in the sacred text to which it has an unquestionable claim.
I think that about sums it up.
As the bible says: Of the making of many books/scrolls/words there is no end and too much devotion to them (or much study NKJV) is wearisome to the flesh -Ecclesiastes 12:12
Just a little now about God's personality
Person is generally used for human beings. Can God be considered a Person though a Spirit he be?
I could indulge in endless quotations from the learned in both camps as well as from the manual given to Israel by that unique and special Person, so that humans can make a better picture of Him. Why have I capitalized the personal pronoun He? While not wishing to offend anyone beyond what will be the case here anyway, but in keeping with prevailing traditions where Kings, Queens and other Rulers are accorded the honour due them through the capitalization of their personal pronouns.
Did I say person? Well, the New World Translation Bible has this turn of phrase in the NT:
For Christ entered, not into a holy place made with hands, which is a copy of the reality, but into heaven itself, now to appear before the person of God for us. . . -Hebrews 9:24 NWT.
The word translated here as person is Strong’s Greek 4383 proswpon prosopon which basically means visage or face, translated in the KJV with person 7 times, but in the above verse with the nonpersonal presence, where the Greek word parousia for presence does not appear.
So reflecting the underlying NT Greek, many translations use person to translate the Greek word for face.
Yes, person is a legitimate way to describe the Creator, because He has personality as do human persons, who are distinguished from animals by having personalities.
Did I irk the ire of animal lovers here? Understandably, because animals have been worshipped as gods, become part of the family, even sleep with humans, have been humanized in movies, comic strips and are loved and adored more by some than human companions to the point of obsession, it is only natural therefore for some people to elevate them to possessing human personalities.
Yes animals within their own species and families groups can and do have a variety of characteristics or personalities. Can we conclude from that that they are persons?
Well, you be the judge.
Only Persons can have Personalities. Since personality can only be the property or characteristic of persons, God our Creator is a person, because he possesses personality. We were made in His image as persons having personalities to reflect His.
In keeping with His name Jehovah, He chooses to become whatever the circumstances demand. Contrary to How Jehovah does it, human beings tend to make unwise behavioural choices. Animals generally do not, while subject to the occasional errors of judgement in the physical space of their habitat.
Anyway, the conclusion of the matter: God is a person