Questions tagged [names-of-god]

Throughout the Bible, God is referred to by a variety of names and titles. Use this tag for questions about the meaning and/or use of those names/titles. It can also be used for questions about titles given to Jesus.

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Is Jesus the only son of God?

I am a new Christian and I am reading the Bible. I have the following question: About the "son of God" that has been mentioned in chapter 8 verse 14 of Romans, how can a person be "led&...
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What is God's name? [duplicate]

Is it Yahweh or is it Elohim? Do those words mean the same? I heard both these words being used in the comment section to the song what if God was one of us. One line in the song goes, If God had a ...
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Does anyone know hòw many Christian groups believe the term 'angel of the Lord' means 'The Lord'?

Many places are cited 'angel of the Lord' as if whatever is said is said by the angel themselves not by the angel as messenger for the Lord. Judges 2:1 and on is an example but there are several. Then ...
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For Those who deny the deity of Jesus Christ why does He at Revelation 1:8 identify Himself as the Lord God Almighty? [duplicate]

Revelation 1:8, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:11, "saying, "Write in a book what you see, and ...
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What does "God" mean? [closed]

Muslims call God Allah. Jews call him JHWH, Christians call Him God. The name has even become the word to point to entities that are gods. Who has given God this name? Does it come from the Greek &...
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If the name of God and His Son are so important to the faith, then would it not be imperative that we use the proper name?

In order to appropriately answer the question, in my opinion there are few things to consider. First, there are those that have argued that the pronunciation of the name is not important and is ...
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Is "God damn it" blasphemy?

Non-Christian here. I have heard that "God damn it" or "God damn [that person]" is blasphemy because you are telling God what to do. But other interpretations are that it's only ...
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Is Jesus, God the Father's representation? Is He His Avatar? [closed]

Can our souls be thought of as lesser avatars? Did Jesus choose our avatars to be connected to His for the cross? That would mean Jesus is the top Avatar. Ephesians 1:4 (King James Version) 4 ...
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How do non-trinitarians reconcile Rev. 22 verses 6 and 16?

Jehovah's Witnesses, as one non-trinitarian example, claim that Revelation 22:13 is a reference to Jehovah God and not Jesus: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and ...
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How did Jesus say "God"? [duplicate]

When Jesus spoke of God, he often said Father, or Lord. Or at least he used the corresponding words in the language of his time. Of course, these words have an ordinary meaning, besides designing the ...
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Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses cite William Barclay as to the identity of the speaker in Revelation 22:13 knowing he believed it is Jesus?

This is according to the article, Who or What Is “the Alpha and the Omega”? which also says, "This term occurs three times in the Bible. Revelation 1:8; Revelation 21:6; and here at Revelation 22:...
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According to Jehovah’s Witnesses what does the name Immanuel mean in light of their belief that Jesus is a created being and not God?

This article goes on to say, Without accurate knowledge, we may become ensnared by false teachings promoted by God's opposer, Satan the Devil. Therefore, if a doctrine contradicts God's Word, if it ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses make the Old Testament forms of address to God ("Jehovah" and "Father") more important than "Abba?"

Jehovah's Witnesses believe God is the Father whose name is the Hebrew YHVH, the Tetragrammaton, which was the name the Apostles called on to be saved. However, after calling on the name to be saved, ...
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Since Trinitarians say it is wrong to use “God” and “Jesus” in a reciprocating proposition, why do they use “God the Son”?

Since Trinitarians say it is wrong to use “God” and “Jesus” in a reciprocating proposition, why do they use God the Son?
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If "Elohim" can refer to angels and demons, then does Jesus being called "God" really prove anything?

In arguing for the Trinity, I mentioned that Jesus was called God (Theos in Greek). The rebuttal was that Theos in the Greek is equivalent to Elohim, which can refer to angels, demons, or just about ...
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What does Trinitarian Protestantism understand by salvation being in the name of 'Jesus Christ of Nazareth'?

Peter had the following words to say to the rulers, elders and scribes in Jerusalem regarding the healing of the lame man at the temple : ... the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth ... neither is there ...
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How does Catholic Church explain the use of singular word “name” in the Prayer of Sign of the Cross?

We see Jesus' instructions to the disciples at Mt 28:19: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This ...
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Jesus... the word became flesh [closed]

Lots of interesting thought here, but no one seems to want to go back and ask about the 'logos'. John 1... A word used over 300 times in NT, but never referred to as a person. Words like statement, ...
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What is the name of the Eternal Father worshipped by Latter Day Saints?

I understand that Latter Day Saints believe all human beings, male and female, are the spirit children of heavenly parents – a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother. Those spirit children progress by ...
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God said in the Bible: ”I am who am!” What does that expression mean?

”I am who am!” What does this expression mean? God expressed Himself like so in the Bible. But what I want to know is what does it mean? What is its intrinsic meaning?
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According to Latter-day Saints, Jesus is Jehovah in OT. Therefore do they view all the occurrences of the Tetragrammaton as referring to Jesus?

Lesson 5 in the "Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel Teacher Manual" (link) has the title Jesus Christ Was Jehovah of the Old Testament. In the introduction this lesson says that: In ...
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How do Trinitarians explain the Athanasian Creed saying that the "one God" is the Trinity rather than the Father as in the Nicene Creed?

In Scripture and the early Creeds, "one God" is used primarily to refer to God the Father: 1 Cor 8:6 (NIV): yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for ...
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Is there any relationship between Aquinas teaching on the analogical knowledge of God and Christ teaching in parables?

Is there any relationship between Aquinas teaching on the analogical knowledge of God and Christ teaching in parables (ie. via analogies)?
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Difference between Christ and Messiah? [closed]

Really need to understand the difference between Christ and Messiah
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Whether beatific vision gives us univocal knowledge of God?

Here on this world, we can have only analogous (analogy of proper proportionality) knowledge of God. When someone attains the beatific vision, does he have univocal knowledge of God? If not, is ...
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Current views about whether it’s appropriate to refer to God as "It"? [closed]

I have recently read in a book about some debate around the fact that God is considered a masculine figure (He/His) and that we should find gender neutral of expressing the same ideas. In my native ...
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GOD/JESUS - Greek - Yahuwah/Yashuah - Hebrew

Growing up having a Christian background, I was taught to use God/Jesus to refer to the Creator and Son. Recently, I've come across some information stating that our Creator has a Name and that we ...
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El Elohe Isra’el - What does it mean?

So when Jacob names the site of his altar, he declares “El Elohe Isra’el”. I understand the most common translation of this phrase is said to be something along the lines of “God is the God of Israel”....
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Why do some Christians bowdlerise words like "God", writing "G-d" instead?

Some Christians bowdlerise words like "God", writing it as "G-d" or even "G d". This practice is likely inspired by the Jewish practice to do similar. But while some Jews explain their practice as a ...
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Are there any Indian Christian traditions (Liturgical or scriptural) where God is referred to as "Brahman"?

The title sums up the question. The reason I ask is that historically Catholics have placed a heavy emphasis on inculturation when evangelising new cultures. Rather than introducing western words for ...
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Where does Marsilio Ficino write that all nations refer to God with a four-letter name? [closed]

I have seen quoted in the name of Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), also spelled Marcellus Ficin, that all nations of the world worship a God whose name is spelled with four letters. Does anybody know ...
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Why don't we use Yahuah? [closed]

Why don't we use God's actual name, Yahuah? I came across this link: http://promotethetruth.com/id1.html and some of the items brought up made sense (especially the very last two paragraphs). ...
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YHWH translated to Jehovah 4 times in KJV but not elsewhere... why? [duplicate]

YHWH is regularly translated as LORD in English translations of the Bible, including the KJV. I grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness and this was regularly used as a way of proving that they knew God ...
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How do Jehovahs Witnesses understand Jesus inheritance of Gods name

Hebrews 1:3-4 reads: the Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature, upholding all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, ...
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Other than JWs, which denominations (or religions) recognize God's personal name as the form "Jehovah"?

Background Referring to God as Jehovah is a known practice by Jehovah's Witnesses as written by Raymond Franz in In Search of Christian Freedom in 1991: The fact remains that today no religious ...
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Do any Christian denominations forbid pronouncing the Tetragrammaton?

In Judaism it has been a taboo to pronounce the four letter name of God. It was never explicitly said when reading the Jewish scriptures. Do any forms of Christianity have a similar approach?
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to the literalist (YEC), question about the name "LORD"

In Genesis 2 and 3, the story-teller (the author) use "LORD" (Yahweh) several times. To me, the situation by the time the author wrote/tell the story read in Genesis 2 - at least some people live at ...
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Where in the Biblical narrative does God first reveal himself as the only living and true god?

It seems upon course consideration that God has always taught that he is the only actual God. But upon closer inspection, it appears that God reveals himself to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as "El ...
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Is the 'Ho' in Hosanna! connected in any way to the 'ho' in Jehovah?

While studying Jesus' name and the prophecies fulfilled or reiterated by Gabriel when he addressed Mary to announce the expectant birth, I was led to praise, and the Bible word, "Hosanna" came to mind....
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In Catholic theology is Yehovah the Father or all three persons?

When reading the Hebrew scriptures and one encounters a reference to Yehovah, does that map in the NT to the Father? Or to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost? For example, in this passage can we be ...
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What was the early-Christendom position on attributing pagan names to Christian concepts (mainly god)? Was there opposition to doing this?

In the ancient times, the newly-converted European cultures naturally reused their native "pagan" words to refer to some of the newly-acquired Christian concepts, rather then re-inventing the wheel. ...
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What, according to Catholic Church, does the name "Son of Man" signify?

We see Jesus referring to Himself as "Son of Man" in all four Gospels (e.g., in Matthew 8:20, 9:6, 11:19; Mark 10:45, 13:26; Luke 5:24, 6:22, 7:34; and John 1:51, 3:14, 6:27, etc.). What, according to ...
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Where does the word 'Eloheim' originate from?

Elohim being referred to as the Father whom is a God When one speaks of God, it is generally the Father who is referred to; that is, Elohim. - God (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)....
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According to Protestantism why did God choose the persona of a Father?

Throughout the Bible, God uses the persona of a Father. Jesus specifically refers to God as Father, and us as his sons. Why is it significant that God is a Father? And why did God choose the nature ...
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What is the relation between the Logos of Greek Philosophy and the Logos in Christianity?

The first known mention of the "logos" was by Greek philosopher Heraclitus who lived around 535 - 475 BC. The idea was subsequently developed further by other philosophers such as Aristotle. The ...
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Why is use of the phrase "for God's sake" often considered sinful?

I often hear this on some people even in games, who use the phrase "for God's sake" or something similar ("for God's sakes," etc.) I don't see how this can be considered sinful or blasphemous, ...
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Isaiah 25:6 "On this mountain, the Lord of Heavenly Forces"

Where does title "Lord of Heavenly Forces" come from?
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Does the divine name YHWH (יַהְוֶה) apply equally to all Persons of the Trinity? (Catholic/Nicene perspective)

According to the Catholic Church (and other Nicene Churches), does the divine name YHWH (יַהְוֶה) apply equally to all Persons of the Sacred Trinity?
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Discrepancy between Yahweh (Christian Bibles) and Eh-yeh (Torah)

I am currently working on a religious drama and outsmarted myself. I come to you for help. Growing up Jewish, I did not hear the term Yahweh until I was 14 in Western Civilization. "Well, you know, ...
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Does God encourage hurting or killing others in his name in the Bible? [closed]

In the Quran there is this passage: And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every ...
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