Does God have a name?   Should we know his name; and is it important to be concerned about it? (Ezekiel 36:22-23)

As we consider "religion" and it's history, and then note how most religion differs greatly from the Bible and it's recorded history of Christianity and true worship, it seems important to consider the Bible given name for the God it exalts. (Isaiah 55:6-11) Every religion has it's own God, and they usually call him by what they consider to be his name. The Bible given name for God will help in distinguishing the Bible's God from all other God's: Distinguish the true God from the God's created by men. (Acts 17:29) Although Christ Jesus is central to salvation for those who put faith in the Bible, much of the Bible's teachings about it's God predate the birth of Jesus by hundreds of years.

Let us illustrate why God's name is important: A news caster recently reported that a man on a U.S. Military base shouted "Allah akbar" just before shooting several people. (Hasan - Nov. 2009 - Nashville, TN, News channel 5) The newscaster went on to report Hasan's words translate into English as "God is great." I don't speak Arabic, but I can recognize that is not what the man said. Assuming the rest of the translation was accurate, what the man actually said was, "Allah is great." Hasan thereby identified the personal name of his God; And he proudly tied that name to his actions. The God worshiped by Bible students is not Allah, or any of the other God's worshiped by mankind except one: The God of the Bible. (Acts 17:22-24) [It should be noted those who support this site do not condone or support the violent action of this man Hasan, or any other form of violence. Jesus said those who live by the sword will die by the sword. (Matthew 26:52-53) He taught his followers to be peaceable. (Romans 12:17-18) We therefore wait for the kingdom of Christ to measure out justice to any who are violent beyond correction, and so put themselves in line to be dealt with through use of force. (Matthew 16:27)] In the Bible He himself inspired, the true God made clear to us what His name is: The God of the Bible identifies himself in that book as Jehovah. (That is the most common English pronunciation.)

Please don't confuse knowing and using God's name with the organization calling themselves Jehovah's Witnesses. [No doubt reflecting their belief everyone with an approved standing in their group is a faithful servant of God; and any who do not have such approval, is not.] This site is not connected with that organization. Many Bible students, and most or all translators of the Bible, recognize the English rendering of the personal name of the God of the Bible to be Jehovah.

Please consider: According to the King James translation of the Bible, God had recorded at Psa. 83:18: "That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth." Again at Isa 12:2 KJV: "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. At Isa 26:4 KJV: "Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength." And God himself said at Exo 6:3 KJV: "And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them." [It has been asserted that some of the new translations calling themselves King James Bibles have omitted Jehovah's name from their text. We quote the above from the 1769 Authorized King James Translation.]

Actually, many translations of the Bible use God's personal name, just as the original language text did. A few prefer Yahweh, but Jehovah seems the more common English pronunciation of the Divine Name. It might surprise some people to learn the original Bible writings in Hebrew and Greek used the divine name more than six thousand times. [We therefore suggest, as your main study Bible, you use one that retains the divine name. If Jehovah saw fit to use his name in the original inspired writings over six thousand times, it seems important for us to know it.] The few translations that have omitted God's personal name usually note why they chose to do so in some form of introduction or preface. We have included a chart showing how God's name was used in the original text, and how it was omitted by some translations. (Chart in .jpg file format or in .bmp format.) Fortunately for us today, even though most of us don't speak Greek or Hebrew, we have several good translations of the Bible to refer to: Translations done by sincere individuals or translation committees. By comparing more than one translation, we glean a perhaps better understanding of the original Bible texts than we could if we could actually read those ancient texts. From those translations, and from secular history and references (encyclopedias etc.), we can easily prove for ourselves that God's personal name was indeed recorded in the original Bible text all those thousands of times. (Chart in .jpg format or in .bmp format.) Since some of the history recorded by the Bible predates the birth of Jesus Christ by several thousand years, we should know the name of the God revealing himself during those pre-Christian years. Also, since Jesus prayed openly to his Father, we should know to whom Jesus was praying. (John 11:41; John 17:1; Luke 22:41-43) Some people will try to assert Jesus is God, or equal to God. Jesus rebuked the Jews when they asserted he was claiming to be equal with God. (John 5:18-19...) Paul taught that even in the end times, after all Christ's enemies have been destroyed, Jesus would still submit himself to Jesus's own Father. (1 Corinthians 15:24-28) Don't let anyone hide from you the value of your knowing both Christ Jesus, and his Father Jehovah. (John 17:3 ; John 12:50)

Please note, Jesus often quoted from the Hebrew scriptures as justification for his beliefs; Those quotes becoming a basis for our faith as well. In teaching the Jews about how the Christ would be the son of David, and also the son of God, at Matthew 22:43 thru 45 Jesus quoted from the Hebrew scriptures. There we read: (Matthew 22:43-45 NWT) . . .He [Jesus] said to them: "How, then, is it that David by inspiration calls him 'Lord,' saying, 44 'Jehovah said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies beneath your feet."' 45 If, therefore, David calls him 'Lord,' how is he his son?". . . Jesus grew up studying the Hebrew scriptures and he there quoted the prophecy of David to prove he was both a son of David, and the son of God. (Luke 1:32-33) Many modern translations have omitted God's name from the Greek scriptures. Isn't it unreasonable though, to imagine Jesus would fail to use his Father's name when quoting from Hebrew scriptures which contained it? Growing up as a Jew (Luke 2:40-52) and thus under the Jewish law, Jesus would most surely use the name of God when he read or discussed the Hebrew scriptures containing the name. In the above example, Jesus was quoting from Psalms 110:1 (Darby) where David [under inspiration] called the yet to appear Christ his lord: "Psalm of David. Jehovah said unto my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put thine enemies as footstool of thy feet." This was a prophecy given King David about a then future time when Jehovah would seat the resurrected lord of David [Jesus] at God's right hand, until God placed their enemies as a stool for Christ's feet. That would happen when Christ came the second time; as King of all the earth (and of all creation). (Daniel 2:44) [It would seem by the indicators Jesus gave us; That time is now!] When Jesus read or quoted the Hebrew scriptures which used God's personal name, and read the Divine Name himself, he would in turn have been quoted as doing so in the Christian Greek Scriptures. (Luke 4:16-21)

What about those unclear as to who Jesus is, or who are confused about his relationship to his Father. As to who Jesus is: Jesus himself explained that very carefully for us. Jesus said he was not Jehovah, nor is he equal to Jehovah. Jesus is Jehovah's son! Some of the Jews accused Jesus of asserting he was equal to his Father; simply because Jesus told them he was God's son. Jesus explained they were confused about what he meant. Jesus went on to tell them he really was Jehovah's son, but also explained being God's son did not make him equal with his Father. (John 5:18-30 ; John 14:28 ; 1 Corinthians 15:27-28) Jesus did say he and the Father are one. We can know Jesus meant he and his Father were one in purpose: As Jesus immediately followed that statement by praying for his followers to become one, just as he and his Father are one. (John 17:11) Jesus made his Father known, so his followers might have hope in salvation by Jehovah through their faith in God's son Christ Jesus. (Proverbs 18:10 ; 2 Timothy 3:15 ; Revelation 12:10) How could Jesus possibly make his Father known, if he did not use Jehovah's name? Jehovah is the God of all who have life: God even of his son Christ Jesus. (John 20:17) Let no one deceive you about the relationship between Jesus and his Father Jehovah: "This means everlasting life," your "taking in knowledge" of Jehovah "and" of his son Christ Jesus. (John 17:3) Jesus taught us to pray for his Father's name to be held holy. (Matthew 6:9)

Recognizing God's name is simple, if you don't allow yourself to be confused by those who publish their own doctrine [teachings] using some subset of the scriptures which they pick and choose. Most such individuals or groups use terms that don't even exist in the Bible. Everyone alive should know the name of Christ Jesus, and the name of Jehovah - the Father of us all. How else could we be part of the fulfillment of Jesus prayer that his Father's name be held holy? (Matthew 6:9) How else could you claim that Jesus made his Father's name known to you? (John 17:26)

May you know, love, and praise Jehovah forever! (Ezekiel 36:22-23 ; Psalms 22:26-27a ; Psalms 146:1-2)

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