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Why The Use of G_D

Why do a few people who blog here not spell out God's name in full? He's G_D to them. Do they feel it's disrespectful to print out His name? Scripture uses it- why should we not?

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The majority who use this G_d devise are of a tribal influence in which the shared everyday reality is a state of neurosis liable on a moments notice to shift into a state of psychosis.
It seems they use this G_d devise the same the "other" use a half hug or a half kiss on the cheeks as a greeting.

After all, we are talking about God here and their G_d, in case you haven't noticed, is also a rather blood thirsty psychotic.

Hope this helps.

If you need to verify this prognosis, simply initiate small talk with one of these tribal types and say one little thing derogatory about Israel.

You will then have your answer first hand.
---hp on 9/11/11

First of ALL, more_excellent_way you're an idiot and you need a lesson in Humility. Secondly the names used by "GOD" in your Exodus reference are Elohim and Yahweh, not GOD, PUTZ.

Since there are "MANY" pagan gods you may find it disrespectful to use the letters "G""O""D" when referring to Jehovah/Yahweh anyway.

If You really want to use the TRUE name for "GOD the Father," use Jehovah or Yahweh, not GOD. There are others but since this site prohibits web addresses all I can say is try a search Hebrew4Christians. You'll find plenty of names for GOD there.
---e on 11/5/10

the pharisees and saducees looked good on the outside as well..
---micha9344 on 6/7/10


What verse says that leaving a letter out of His name is "His pleasure" or "respect"? Does that mean you only have "respect" for the Father but not His son J_SUS?. God is God (supreme and almighty), yet you feel that you are going to enrich His life with RESPECT? Do you mean that God appreciates your respect? WOW, what a great person you must be that He should value the respect of the GREAT J_HN!

This ridiculous tradition is just a GAME and has no practical purpose.

If you really want to cheer God up and help Him overcome low self-esteem, boldly spell His name completely, it's not a dirty word.
---more_excellent_way on 6/7/10

It's a question of Reverence. If you truly love G-d then you will seek His pleasure as you would with a Bride/Groom.

Far too many churches and Christians have little or no reverence towards G-d. The is especially true with the Baptist traditions and all of its "Grace" related Evangelical churches. "Save by grace lets have Potluck"
"I don't really care... I said my 2 minutes Sinners Prayer ticket.

Less true with the RCC and the Orthodox churches where you see the awe and reverence in their churches. You also see this with Orthodox Jews.

So, I am not placing an arguement here , but asking everyone to reflect on this.


---John on 6/7/10

I didn't write scripture. Tell GOD that you disagree with what is in scripture.

GOD is the one who said...

"this is my name FOREVER".

As if that wasn't clear enough, He goes on to say...

"and thus I am to be remembered throughout ALL GENERATIONS".

Look up the verses Exodus 3:14 and 15 and you will see that there is no provision for those who wish to 'disagree'.
---more_excellent_way on 6/7/10

John, you did not provide an "ARGUEMENT" (arguements are for a DEBATE, you don't DEBATE with God, what He says goes..PERIOD).

If you chose to be baptised into Moses (how, did you go back in time?), then you are not really baptized into Jesus....

Ephesians 4:5
"one lord, one faith, one baptism".

John 4:23
"BUT the hour is coming, and now is, when the TRUE WORSHIPPERS will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him".

It might be helpful to actually LOOK UP THE VERSE before you insist on believing what you were taught (do you really believe that everything you're taught is 100% correct?).
---more_excellent_way on 6/7/10

Christ came from Judah, but the New Covenant
has mae the previous one Old. A change in the preisthood means a change of the law.
There are many Judaizers on here that want you to be under the bondage that even the Hebrew fathers were unable to bear.
---micha9344 on 6/6/10

John, I actually thought your 6/5 blog was touching. The balance between true reverence for the Creator of everything and grace is quite delicate. I love when my little ones follow my rules without question saying, "Yes, Father." But, I love it a little more when they "break a rule" and come to me with tears in their eyes saying, "I am sorry, Daddy." That is when I realize my kids need a relationship with me base on structure and grace with the emphasis on grace.

BTW - The main difference between Judaism and Christianity is the Jesus of 2000 years ago as the Messiah. The Jewish Messiah has yet to come.
---aka.joseph on 6/6/10

The tetragrammaton and removing a letter from God's TITLE are what JEWS used to do, but we are not Jews

OH YES WE ARE!!! Christainity is Judaism!

Here is THE arguement...

If you called your 5YR old Daughter "Stupid" thinking it just a non offensive phrase.

Then someone tells you that your daughter cries every time you say that and in school she doesn't do well because she now has low self esteem and hates herself.

If you love her, would you not (at the very least) reflect on what you said, because of the offense it had on someone you love so dearly.

---John on 6/6/10

Are we to address the Almighty as "I am that I am"?
---Donna66 on 6/6/10

"GOD" is His TITLE, not His NAME.

Jesus was sent by "I am who I am".

In Hebrew, the words "Elohim" and "Jehovah" are PLURAL (referring to the 'godS', the Hebrews worshipped the "Jehovah" of all "Jehovahs").

Exodus 3:14 and 15
"God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"....this is my name FOREVER, and thus I am to be remembered throughout ALL GENERATIONS".

The tetragrammaton and removing a letter from God's TITLE are what JEWS used to do, but we are not Jews (they were baptized into MOSES), we are "TRUE worshippers" (John 4:23).

1 Corinthians 10:2
"and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea".
---more_excellent_way on 6/6/10

//If you would investigate what G-d Himself says about this and what He says about HIS Holy Days.//

I have a hard time seeing that true respect is in a key stroke. We can come up with different man made methods that show respect, but can we really show proper respect to the Creator of all things? I am thinking that is exactly why we need an Advocate.

I would sincerely like the time to be able to seek about His Holy days. But with the mix of paganism (satanism), religiosity, and the responsibilities that I have as a single father, I am glad I can rely on Scriptures like Rom 8:15, Gal 4:6, and especially Col 2:16-17 while dealing with Php 2:12.

As far as the 'let's eat' crowd: 1Co 11:27.
All in all: 1Co 10:24
---aka.joseph on 6/6/10

I see a lot of small g's in front of God, which, also, is disrespectful....Some are down right nasty to God. They shall PAY. IN HELL.
---catherine on 6/6/10

If I omitted the vowels in His title as God out of respect, I would also omit the vowels in any other title He is given such as Almighty, Jehovah, or Father out of the same respect, but I just use capitals on the first letter to show this.
---micha9344 on 6/5/10

I use the word G-d because I respect, have reverence, and awe The Almighty.

I also will not desecrate and Blasphemy the tetragrammaton YHWH. By attempting to either speak it, or give it a pronuncable spelling.

This has been lost in Christainity since most Christians do not have ANY respect for G-d. Most Especially the Fundmentals "save by grace lets eat Potluck" crowd.

If you care about G-d The Father you would investigate what G-d Himself says about this and what He says about HIS Holy Days. And not follow the Pagan Constantine decreed holy days or churches that give more honor to Popes.

If you love G-d you would want to know the truth for yourself.

---John on 6/5/10

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God, not really having a name, calls Himself different titles in the Bible.
I feel as long as I distuingish Him from false gods by capitalizing the first letter, I am honoring His title.
I also feel that blanking out any of the letters in His titles is like changing Christmas to xmas.
---micha9344 on 6/5/10

The prohibition from using the literal name of God the TetraGrammaton in Hebrew which can not he translated int English. Various Transliterations are expressed in English. YHWH, Yahweh.

The prohibition on use goes back to the time of the Babylonian exile when the Jewish Rabbis in exile forbid saying or writing the term for fear of desecrating it and you can only do that in Hebrew. The term moved to any other target language is just a pseudonym so I would not ever let it concern you.

I was a common belief in the ancient would that if you used the literal of a pagan god you had some degree control over it and the Jews being in exile would not wish to risk that possibility with the Babylonians.
---Friendly_Blogger on 6/5/10

WOW! What a great testimony from Holly4jc!
Thank you Holly!

I see nothing wrong with writing G-D in the Jewish fashion. It is a sign of respect. Though any name given the God of Abrahan, Issac and Joseph, or even the name of Jesus, has a holiness that will not be sullied just by putting it on paper.
---Donna66 on 6/5/10

the answer for some of us is more simple than what some of you may think, G_D is used when communicating with a diverse group where they may have different views on who or what is GOD kind of like fill in the blank with what you believe
---Carlos on 6/5/10

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some of you guys are using God as a name. wich is not. Zeus was a god, Allah is arabic for God, Elohim and El is Hebrew for God -that what describes anything of divinity positive or negative-. never these words the sylables have been left behind. on the other hand,leaving the O ot of GOD will not make us enter or lose eternal life. so do as you please and find peace with G_d in J_s_s name. I mean God in Jesus n_m_.
---Andy on 10/20/08

If you are a christian (converted from the Jewish religion) then you SHOULD use
GOD and DON'T omit the "O".
YOu offend me as aChristian when you do this and I believe it is HIGHLY disresptful and blasphemous!!!
---grace on 10/17/08

Amen Mima...I feel more Jewish now than I did before I came to know Jesus as my Messiah! :-)
---Holly4jc on 9/19/07

When and if a Jewish person accepts the Lord Jesus ChrisT he does not lose his Jewishness but rather the person complete his being a Jew!!!1
---Mima on 9/19/07

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1) Jim...I am a Jewish person and I am aware of the spelling of G_d as questioned on this blog, we had to write it that way in Hebrew School. I wanted to share with you that I have come to see that Jesus Christ is the long awaited Messiah that was prophesied to the Jews throughout the Old Testament and I am so very grateful to have Jesus the Messiah in my life. I never knew what it really meant to be a Jew until I asked Jesus to come into my heart as Messiah.
---Holly4jc on 9/18/07

2) Wow...what an experience to truly understand the fullness of what being a Jew really is, to read the bible in it's entirety and see how the Old Testament flows into the New Testament, to see how much Jesus was spoken of by God in the Old Testament. Read all of Isaiah 53 and Isaiah 7:14 and Psalm 22. Funny how clearly these passages describe Jesus and the life He went through, but we never, ever read those in all my 5 years of Hebrew School,
---Holly4jc on 9/18/07

3) or in temple or as I studied for my Bat-Mitzvah. As a matter of fact, we never read ANY of the Bible (Old Testament) in temple, ever. Yes, the Rabbi and some elders read from the HEBREW...but we did not understand and they did not encourage us to read it or study it for ourselves. As a matter of fact, AFTER I was Bat-Mitzvahed was when the Sisterhood of the Temple gave me a bible, we never looked at one before. We were taught that if your good deeds outweighed your bad deeds,
---Holly4jc on 9/18/07

4) then you would go to heaven. That is not what the bible teaches. Jim...I encourage you to do what I did, I called out to Jesus and said "Jesus, if you are real (really God) help me and show me"...and He did come to me and showed me the truth of WHO He is. You do not have to believe to start...just ask HIM to show you the truth and if you really want to know the truth, then God will answer your prayer. Be blessed Jim.
---Holly4jc on 9/18/07

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1) And to answer why God is written as G_d by Jewish's because of respect for one thing and also because in the original transcripts of the Old Testment, the word for God...which many now say as "Yahweh" did not have vowels...none of the Hebrew in the OT had vowels with it. Many believe that there were especially no vowels given for "Yahweh" so that no one can truly know how to say God's name properly (since vowels are missing) and therefore,
---Holly4jc on 9/19/07

2) they can never really take God's name in vain. John T you are right, Hebrew does have vowels, but they were not used in the OT. When I learned to read and speak Hebrew...we had vowels...thank the Lord!! It was hard enough to learn with the vowels!!! :-)
---Holly4jc on 9/19/07

John_T: "Biblical Hebrew DOES have vowels, also called points Modern Hebrew does not write with the points, using only consonants.

On the contrary, the old Hebrew language did not have vowels, But was dependant on how a consenant was pronounced. The rabbis during the second century recognized the need for aids to pronunciation, so they developed a system of dots and dashes called nikkudim (points).
---Steveng on 9/18/07

Get used to Lord God Almighty...
That is the term in Revelations!
Revelation 19:6
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
---Lisa on 9/18/07

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To Jim, I as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ am eternally grateful and in debt to you and the Jewish people. When the Jewish people turned down Jesus as the Messiah, they opened the gates of heaven for me. And for that I will ever flavor you people, cry for your people, and expressed gratitude to your people.
---mima on 9/18/07

As a elderly jew I only became aware of the G_D spelling. It is the belief of some Jews that it is a sign of respect when useing the net.It's our right to believe that Christ was a mortal as much as it your right to believe he is the son of God. The Jewish Bibe is over 5000 years old. The Christan is 2000. Did God not proclaim the Jews were his chosen people? Not hundreds of other religions? Believe what you want, it's your right, but going to Hell for not believing Christ is God? I believe not.
---Jim on 9/17/07

Amen Bruce. You hit the nail on the head again.
---Madison on 3/22/06

Also, one might spell God G_d in order that Jews who are being witnessed to might not be offended.
---Bruce5656 on 3/22/06

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For a Christian, the concept of writing God as G_d does not make sense.
Nor did the belief that we should not eat meat that had been offered to idols but Paul was clear:
Rom 14:6 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
---Bruce5656 on 3/22/06

Clarifications: Biblical Hebrew DOES have vowels, also called points Modern Hebrew does not write with the points, using only consonants. When I said, scribes, I referred to the writers of the texts, Jesus has nothing to do with their extremely strict rules for writing the texts. That is one of the reasons for having an intact OT text
---John_T on 3/22/06

I have heard that the Hebrew language contains no vowels. That would explain it.
---jerry6593 on 3/22/06

How does that fit with:

Eph 3:12:
In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

Rom 8:15:
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption [sonship], whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

'Adoption' is the Greek word 'huiothesia', Strong's # 5206, meaning 'the placing as a son'. In our case, that's by birth, not adoption.

'Abba' is like 'Daddy', the most intimate way to address your Father.
---Jeffrey on 3/21/06

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Loving the person instead of judging would me a more appropriate response.
---Madison on 3/21/06

I agree with Ann. We are no longer under that law. What people believe is what I call hand me down religion. meaning that a person's great-grandparents believe that way then they should to. John T the Scribes were the ones who were against Jesus.
---Rebecca_D on 3/21/06

Ann: Just because we are not under Jewish law does not mean we have the right to criticize someone who may come in here and practice the law. Read Bruce's replies to Rebecca.

If we have people here who believe they are to honor God in this way, who are you to judge them?
---Madison on 3/21/06

Are we under Jewish law here? I personally don't see the respect here by not printing out God's name or title in full. The old covenant is done away with- Christ's death made it possible for all people to approach God Jehovah one-on-one, with no shame, no fear, not having to worry about how His name is written. Blessed be the name of the LORD!
---Ann5758 on 3/21/06

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"To honor God"? In this world where "words and phrases" can just be represented by letters, and representations differs from one group to another, we might end up messing with God's name instead of putting in reverence. The "messing up" worries me a lot!
---Linda6546 on 3/21/06

The reason that some write G-D is to do honor to the name of YHWH, or God. Scribes were forbidden to write the name with a used quill, nor was any permitted to speak the name out of reverence, and fear of potential blasphemy
---John_T on 3/20/06

As far as Cliff's explanation goes, it is good. The Tetragramaton (YHWH) is Hebrew for "I AM" Therefore God's self-assertation, IAM who I AM is both His name and His essence, eternally existent.

When confronted by the soldiers in John 18:5ff Jesus replies I AM (YHWH). The word "he" is added to the English for clarification, but it is not in the Greek text. Thus the soldiers were literally blown away with the encounter with God incarnate, I AM
---John_T on 3/20/06

Bruce: Amen for your coherent explanation on this matter.
---Madison on 3/20/06

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Ann, that's funny.
---Eloy on 3/20/06

Your comments remind me of Paul's teaching about eating meat that was offered to idols. For those who felt eating it was wrong, Paul said don't eat it unto the Lord, for those who said it was ok, he said eat it unto the Lord.
The main thing was that each did not judge the other based on their own convictions in the matter.

If one feels that G_d is appropriate, and the other thinks God is appropriate, neither should judge the other in the matter.
---Bruce5656 on 3/19/06

Romans 14:4, "Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand."
---Bruce5656 on 3/19/06

Eloy, I always thought it was Harold, and he runs around heaven really fast- our Father who darts in heaven, Harold be thy name...but at the same time, Harold was the name of the angel in the Christmas carol...Hark, Harold the angel sings........
---Ann5758 on 3/19/06

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My li'l sister told me what God's real name is. It's "Howard"..."Our Father who art in heaven, 'Howard' be thy name...just kiddin'.
---Eloy on 3/19/06

It is disrepectful, it isn't lazyness, just plain rude. How is spelling God's name like God instead of G_D taking his name in vain? That is the trouble with tradions, it is like hand-me-down religion.
---Rebecca_D on 3/19/06

"G_D"? I was wondering what representation these "three characters" stand for in CN. In our university, "G_D" stands for "Girls Dorm". Reading this blog made me see these letters stands for GOD. I didn't like the "cannibalism" in language! Sorry for the term used.
---Linda6546 on 3/19/06

The ignorant think they would use the word God in vain. But "God" is not God's name, no more than a person's formal name would be called "man" or "woman" or "child". It is foolish superstition, and holds no truth, much the same as a certain culture I know wrongly believing that whoever has the last word, it will come to pass because of being the last to say so.
---Eloy on 3/18/06

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They do so because (as Mima said) of a Jewish background that taught them to never spell out the whole name of God, or they've gotten into the habit of doing so because they witness to Unbelieving Jews; which is also why some never use the word 'Christ' since many Jews associated that with those who killed them during WWII. Today much fewer Jews are probably bothered like that. Since the word 'God' is def. not the same as YHWH, writing G_d has always seemed a bit extreme to me.
---Daniel on 3/18/06

Rebecca: You are so wrong. They are not spelling God's name totally out of reverance and respect. I know people who will not spell out His name, nor use His name in any way. They do not want to take His name in vain, so they never spell it out totally.
---Madison on 3/18/06

I receive a newsletter from a friend who is Jewish. It is a custom that they believe that the name of God is to be honored and in fact is too holy to write, thus the spelling G-d.
---NVBarbara on 3/18/06

Jesus said "Hallowed be THY name" Yet His real name ,He named Himself at Ex.6.3(YHWH) yet it is only mentioned in the footnoted of the NIV and only 6 times in the KJV,1,200 times in the Amer.Stand. which was quickly revised to leave it out and use "substitutes" like all the others.
---1st_cliff on 3/18/06

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Rebecca and pkay,
Spelling God G_d has nothing to do with disrespect or laziness. In is a Jewish tradition. Neither will they spell out Lord but use L_ord instead. Contrary to disrespect it is, in their mind, showing respect. As for laziness, try spelling it both ways on your own keyboard and see which takes the most effort.
---Bruce5656 on 3/18/06

It is so disrespectful to mispell the name of God.We are so much in a hurry that we cant even properly call God by his real name?
---pkay on 3/18/06

I'm under the impression that this custom started with the Jewish Rabbis. Who themselves do not mention God by name. Having been around messianic Jews some, I myself in writing them never use all three letters to spell out G d.
---mima on 3/18/06

Because they are ashamed of him. God says if you be ashamed of me, then I will be ashamed of you. It is disrespectful and rude to God.
---Rebecca_D on 3/18/06

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