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According to the definition of "in vain", I'd say yes, it is in vain. in vain, a. without effect or avail; to no purpose: to apologize in vain. b. in an improper or irreverent manner: to take God's name in vain. While it may not be directly insulting or condemning God in any way, I would say that "Oh my God" is not using his name in a reverent ...


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In addition to a_hardin's analysis, it's important to consider the original meaning of the commandment. To take God's name didn't mean swearing (profanity), it meant swearing an oath in the name of the Lord. Swearing falsely was an extremely serious matter and continues to be one today in Semitic cultures, but to swear falsely (in vain) in the name of God ...


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Elohim Genesis 1:1 (ESV) 1 In the beginning, God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth. Pslam 19:1 (ESV) 1 The heavens declare the glory of God, [Elohim]    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. The name "Elohim" means "God" and is a reference to God's power and might. Adonai Malachi 1:6 (ESV) … And if I am a master, where is my fear? ...


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A convention in many Bibles is to do exactly as you say - convert the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) into LORD. To be sure, you should look at your Bible's preface. In the New Testament, which was composed in Greek, the word Kurios (e.g. Kyrie Elesion) is a title as opposed to a Proper Name. To be clear: יהוה (Yahweh) = LORD - specific name, אֲדֹנָי (Adonai) = ...


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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19, NIV) I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. (1 Timothy 5:21, NIV) The core difference is ...


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The Hebrew letters roughly corresponding to YHWH are the name of the Jewish god. Literally, this is their god's name, just like my name is Kyralessa and your name is Rachel. However, in order to avoid using God's name in vain, the Jews did not pronounce this name. Instead, they substituted the Hebrew word adonai, which means "lord". In the actual Hebrew ...


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Best bet is to read the introductory notes in your particular Bible. The translators will usually put info in those notes about special features used in the English texts to denote certain things in the original language. For example, my NASB has this note under Principles of Translation, The Proper Name of God in the Old Testament: One of the titles ...


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1.The Jewish and Islamic concept of God is the same: one God, one person, one mind.This is same in Talmud, a central text of Rabbinic Judaism written between 200 CE/AD- 500 CE/AD.Thus it is different from the Triune God of Trinitarian Christianity, God as three persons, three minds, co-equal and co-eternal, one in essence, nature, power, action, and will. ...


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Sources: Moshe ben Maimon, Sefer ha-Mitzvot, §62 The 62nd prohibition is that we are forbidden to swear a shvu'at shav (a vain oath). The source of this commandment is God's statement (Exo. 20:7), "Do not take the name of YHVH your God in vain." המצווה הס"ב האזהרה שהזהרנו על שבועת שוא והוא אמרו יתעלה : " לא תשא את שם ה ' אלהיך לשוא." (שמות כ, ...


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@a_hardin has a perfectly good explanation of why this expression usually is using the Lord's name in vain. I would make this a comment to his answer, but it's too long. There are only two ways in which I can imagine this phrase would not be using the Lord's name in vain: You are actually addressing or speaking about God. Sometimes "Oh my God" is ...


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some of the Names come from the difference in Language throughout the Bible. Greek, Jewish, etc that paired with what God can do or will do or who He is, makes a compound name of description like Yahshua Ha Mashiach is "Jesus the Messiah." or Jehovah Rapha (The Lord who heals) they are all names for the same God, to better describe who He is ...


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The Christian God is given a wide range of names in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. My first thought was to clarify with a generational phrase. You might say "The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob," but that might confuse you with Jews. Also, Since "Allah" is the usual translation for "God" you would risk offending Muslims and breaking the law. ...


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Does the commandment say "don't speak His name in vain", "don't use His name in vain", or "don't take His name in vain"? If it says not to take His name in vain, we would first need to consider what it means to take His name. Once that is established we could consider what it would look like to do that in a vain (empty) way. In a marriage the woman often ...


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You may want to start by understanding where the usage of LORD came. LORD is Jehovah, which is Yahweh (YHWH), the ineffable name of the God of Israel. (This is why Jewish people sometimes write G-d.) Start with the Wikipedia article on Jehova. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah Under the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah#Introduction_into_English ...


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Euan Cameron says, in Interpreting Christian History, page 126-7, the early Church had no cult of saints, but around the time of the persecutions, Christians began to commemorate their martyrs, to inspire their successors and protect their memory. A little later, some Church Fathers decided that the saints must still feel the same concern for the faithful ...


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There are two different questions embedded in what you ask. Let's cover them separately. "Praying to" saints, Mary etc., which is done largely by the Catholic and Orthodox denominations and rarely by others, is fundamentally different from praying to God. Strictly they are not asking the saints to grant their prayers, but asking the saints to also pray to ...


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<<>> One specific Biblical reference comes to mind in the martyrdom of Stephen. When Stephen lifts up his eyes to Heaven, just before he dies he prays (cries out) Acts 7:59 "While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had ...


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God refers to himself as I am that I am, more accurately in Hebrew I Will Be What I Will Be Exo 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. He is infinite we are not. So as we discover more about him it is only natural that we need multiple ways of ...


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HERE ARE SOME OTHER NAMES OF GOD JANELLE - GOD IS GRACIOUS THOR - THY MAKER ABBA - FATHER ALPHA & OMEGA - THE BEGINNING & END IMMANUEL - GOD WITH US



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