Using the Proper Name of God


#1

In discussing the use of the proper name of God, Yahweh, in liturgy, the topic came up that I thought worthy of discussion.

The Jewish people had traditions whereby the name of God was not to be used or written. When I was researching this on the USCCB website, I found numerous links where the name of God was used extensively in the footnotes. So I do not see that the doctrine of the Church mirrors that of Jewish tradition. Also, the Bible does not forbid the use of the name of God. I guess I am with Peter that said that the yoke of Judaism that their Fathers could not bear should not be put upon the Gentiles. Yet I have seen Protestants who write “G-d” and will not even use the English word. Is this just a popular spirituality or a doctrinal belief for some?

Anyone have any personal rules you follow? Does anyone belong to a Church that has a doctrine on this subject?


#2

The Catholic Church has no prohibition against saying or spelling out the name of God. Nor do Protestants, to the best of my knowledge.


#3

However the people of God in the OT addressed Him, we in the NT have been revealed His name and how to address Him;

Jesus Christ, Lord and King of Kings, God Incarnate.

The name ‘God’ will NOT save us! There is only ONE NAME, under Heaven, that WILL!

:cool:


#4

Jewish Christians, example John Parson’s @ Hebrew for Christians (link)

hebrew4christians.com/Names_of_G-d/YHVH/yhvh.html


#5

Other than the recent prohibition from using the word Yahweh in the Liturgy.


#6

I know that this may be coming, but while this was discussed, some folks were posting that one should never use the name of God. Maybe it is just a quirk of traditional catholics.


#7

Well, perhaps it was because the Name YHWH (no one knows the true pronunciation; the popular form ‘Yahweh,’ while an educated guess, is still just that, a theoretical pronunciation), as far as can be determined, was never used before in Christian liturgy.

Personally, while I do not hold the ultra-reverence that Jews have over The Name, I do think that using it frequently might expose it and make it liable to profanation and blasphemous use.


#8

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