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    "And the name of my god is... God"

    "Taking the Lords name in vein."

    The bible says "Don't do that."

    God dammit!

    Is this taking the lords name in vein? Is the name of the Christian god just... God? Quite weird, don't you think. Like calling your child "Human".
    So it's quite probable that the desert god's name isn't "God" - so why would Christians get offended by my upper statement?

    What actually is the name of the Christian god now?
    Anyone with any clue?
    Not that it would be of big importance for me.. but you should know your enemy, right?
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    We were always taught that it was just "our lord" that was the only name other than just been called god.
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    I try to no longer use 'God damnit' I try to say 'Gods damnit' but being brought up with a certain phrase it's hard to break habit.

    I always thought the christian god's name was Yahweh or Jehovah. When I talk to people about the christian god I usually use either of these names.

    Although I'm sure refering to it (xian god) as GOD (meaning the one and only) was one of the ways the christians used to assert their self-righteous morality and supposed supremacy over the heathens.

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    "and the name of my god is...God"

    It seems to me that the Christian God has to have three names: one for each of the three persons of the Trinity, of whom only one has a name. On the other hand, I have never heard anyone swear by the Father or the Holy Ghost , though, in the Middle Ages there were oaths by various attributes of the Saviour which were sworn by, e.g. , "Zounds !" (by God's wounds) or "Gadzooks" (by God's "hooks" i.e. fingers or fingernails). The most bizarre of the Mediæval oaths, IMO, though, is " 'Od's Bodikins" (God's little bodies, i.e. the Communion wafers !)...The Jews also treat the word "god" even in lower case letters as a name of God. Many of them never write or type it in full, but rather as "G-d" or "g-d" . It suddenly occurred to me that this is how they lost the pronunciation of YHWH. If they'd spoken English, they'd probably have been wondering after a few centuries whether the word is Gad, Ged, Gid, God, or Gud.... Though this is an irrelevant aside, I can't resist telling this story. When Dr. Immanuel Wilheim, Professor of Music at the Hartt College of Music was teaching German in a college in the deep South, the mother of a student who had failed German came to see him. Her final remark was "Ah don't know whah he has to study German ennahaow. If English was good enough for Jesus Chrahst, it's good enough for mah son."

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    Jahweh

    The hebrew personal name for GOD is JAHWEH , thought to be to sacred to utter, so they substitute it with elohim=god, or adonnai= divine lord.

    Jahweh is thought to mean self existent one, i am, i will be...

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    "And the name of my god is...God"

    "YAHWEH" is the most likely reconstruction of the Tetragrammaton, YHWH. However, no one knows what the vowels were of the original word because they are not written in Hebrew, hence such reconstructions as "Jehovah" which combines vowels from both "elohim" and "adonai".

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    There are many "Gods" and many "Lords", including the great Baal of the Canaanites. The Hindus often speak of "God" and they aren't referring to the Judaic variety. The Muslims' "Allah" is the very same almighty One whose name may not be spoken and who likes intricate designs but is jealous of depictions of animals and plants and abhors idols. The yogis in their philosophy have "The Supreme Being" of whom I am very fond and the Sioux have Wakan Tanka whom I also like. The Apache have "the one great God of the Apache", etc. I agree that to appropriate "God" for yourself as the Abrahamic faiths do, and then put the whole world to shame for uttering its name in vain is fascist in the extreme. It is a lot like the political variety where you may not use the Emperor's name in vain or criticise him because he has elected himself to godhood, or the King has, or the chieftain.

    Blutwolfin, please go on swearing, I do.

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    "And the name of my god is...God"

    A trivial point, but technically, "God dammit" is cursing, not swearing.

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    Astoundingly, I know this, but shockingly I don't give a damn.

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    It's too bad that Orthodox use Theos, Catholics use Deus and Protestants use God, because those names don't have Biblical origin and more properly address Indogermanic Zeus, Jupiter and Odin. It's ridiculous to ascribe Semitic mythology to our ancestral Sky Father and All Father. What's wrong with Aryan (hi)stories, or what's so much better about the Sand People and theirs?

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