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apldeap123
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Most people believe that Jesus is God's son, and that God sent His son down to save us from our sins. However, in some Bibles, the name of God is either mentioned as God or Lord. But those are not names, those are titles. So what is God's name?

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Alter2Ego
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MattEmAngel said:

To answer the thread's question specifically, God has many titles (Christ, Messiah, King of kings and Lord of lords, etc.), but only two names. In the Old Testament, he is named Jehovah. In the New Testament to today he is named Jesus, which means "Jehovah saves."

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are entities, not names.

MattEmAngel:

Almighty God is never referred to in the Bible as Christ or Messiah or Jesus. The titles "Christ" and "Messiah" only apply to Jesus, who is God's created son.

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"That people may know that you, whose name is JEHOVAH, you alone are the Most High over all the earth." ~ Psalms 83:18

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Steve, it's a pretty godlike name.

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I would actually say that God has no name, strictly speaking....

The first man's name is given as Adam, which is the Hebrew word for 'man'. So his 'name' was literally Man. Names are used to differentiate between individuals. (Man, meet Man. Wait, um...) If one were to accede to monotheism, God would not need a name, as there is no other and differentiation is not necessary or even possible.

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In Christianity and Judaism God's name is Yahweh or as you English speakers say; Jehovah.

Exodus 6
"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's really hard to overlook that even for someone who isn't Christian or Jewish...

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If one were to accede to monotheism, God would not need a name, as there is no other and differentiation is not necessary or even possible.

In the Bible, God is referred to as a person, or rather, a sentient Being with a personality and consciousness. Those attributes mentioned, along with other qualities, form a person's identity. A person would need an individualized (note, individual) name in order to have an identity, otherwise, he would not truly be a person. Thus, God would have a name.

Then what makes a god? There are all sorts of gods in religions, old myths, and even fictional universes with all sorts of different abilities and natures. Furthermore, what is a name?

In this discussion, the God that we are referring to with a capital G is the god in Judaism and Christianity. A name is something that makes up the identity of a person, something that distinctly separates an individual from other individuals. Hope that clarifies things.

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@apldeap123

In the Bible, God is referred to as a person, or rather, a sentient Being with a personality and consciousness. Those attributes mentioned, along with other qualities, form a person's identity. A person would need an individualized (note, individual) name in order to have an identity, otherwise, he would not truly be a person. Thus, God would have a name.

If Personality + Consciousness = Identity, then a name would not be necessary to the existence of said identity, unless a name is also part of the equation (though you did not say that) or unless having a personality and consciousness are dependent upon having a name (which to me makes zero sense).

Now I'm not sure if my original post was very clear.... I was thinking more of monotheism vs, polytheism. As there is one God, then He does not need a name because this is no other god from which to differentiate Him. However, seeing as how people worship myriad things as deities, a name would be necessary in the context of God's interaction with humans for clarification.

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Exodus 6
"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."

(Old Testament) Psalms 83:18 "That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth."

Yeah, well, not quite. "Jehovah" is an English approximation to what some believe to be the correct pronunciation of יהוה. Of course, whether it is correct to pronounce the name at all is debatable.

Now I'm not sure if my original post was very clear.... I was thinking more of monotheism vs, polytheism. As there is one God, then He does not need a name because this is no other god from which to differentiate Him. However, seeing as how people worship myriad things as deities, a name would be necessary in the context of God's interaction with humans for clarification.
Even monotheists had to distinguish theirs from everyone else's deities.
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Even monotheists had to distinguish theirs from everyone else's deities.

(I'm not sure what your point is? Is this a rebuttal, an agreement, or a neutral comment?)

Of course. Not everyone was/is a monotheist or a believer of the same monotheist religion.

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Your right, that was ambiguous. It probably should have been:
Indeed, even monotheists had to distinguish theirs from everyone else's deities.

Or something.

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