Just looking for some clarification about why we as Christians tend to use "God" or "Lord" instead of His proper name. Is this primarily to keep in line with Jewish tradition? I understand that we can't know for certain the correct pronunciation, but, I mean, we say "Jesus" not "Yeshua" and that doesn't seem to be a big deal.
I was raised Catholic and went to church pretty regularly as a kid, went to CCD, etc. Now admittedly, we weren't the most religious family in the world, but I literally grew up never knowing God had a name. It wasn't until a year ago, when I started becoming more interested in my faith and taking a look at the daily mass readings online from a site using the New Jerusalem Bible, that I realized God had a name. Sure, I'd heard of Jehovah's Witnesses, but I had always assumed that was some foreign translation of the word "god." I think it's kind of strange that it's not common knowledge, within Christianity, to know God has a name. I think most Jews are at least familiar that "adonai" stands for something else. Was I the only one so oblivious, or have others experienced this?
I don't necessarily think we should switch to using it suddenly in mass, prayer, etc. - after all, in Jesus' day no one was - but I don't really understand why its use diminished in the first place, and I certainly don't understand why most bibles today don't print it.