The Omission of Vowels in the Name of G-d

I have been asked a couple of times, “Why do you omit the letter “o” out of G-d and L-RD?

For the short answer, G-d is Holy. The omission of the letter “o” is to continue to reverence G-d as Holy, even down to His Name.

Before I explain further, I want to be clear about my faith.

I am a Christian, who believes in Jesus as the Messiah, the One Sacrifice that paid the debt we could never pay. I also believe that Jesus is G-d in the flesh, because by no one else could we be redeemed since we are contaminated with sin and G-d is the only One without sin. For sin to be forgiven, a perfect sacrifice was to be made, one without blemish. Therefore He came in person not only to die on our behalf to be the propitiation for our sins, but to also give us approximately 30 – 33 years of an example of how to live on this earth. What better example than a perfect one? If the Messiah were a man to give us examples and teachings on how to live, then the examples would not be perfect, for all men fall short of the Glory of G-d (Romans 3:23). There are none righteous (Psalm 14:1-3; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:13), for our righteousness is as filthy rags [i.e., stained and saturated with blood] (Isaiah 64:6).

I also want to give you some background before I fully answer the question.

In my studies I found that this practice stems from the name of G-d as it is recorded in the Tanakh (Old Testament to Christians). There, the transliteration for thee Name of G-d is YHVH, which is also known as the Tetragrammaton. The practice of the scribes was to leave out the vowels in the name of G-d to keep it Holy, for G-d is Holy. This leaves the pronunciation difficult to know. The Jewish people will actually take this a step further. When referencing G-d to each other, they will not even say G-d in most cases, but rather HaShem. This means, “The Name” which is referring to thee Name of G-d, YHVH. So where do we know this Name by? In Exodus, G-d is talking with Moses at the burning bush. Moses asks G-d, “Who do I say sent me?” and G-d replied “I AM WHO I AM.” The Name YHVH is a derivative of this Name that G-d proclaims here. To expound on this a little further, I heard a pastor preach one morning on this with such insight. He stated that if G-d was to reply with anything other than, “I AM WHO I AM”, He would be limiting Himself to one definition, or one attribute of Himself, as we see many of the patriarchs in the Bible do. They gave G-d a Name that applied to what G-d did at that moment. Since G-d is limitless, that is the only Name that is actually appropriate for Him. He is Who He is. He is the Existing One. Praise the L-RD!

Now to the question of “Why do I, as a Christian, omit the “o” from G-d and L-RD?

As I stated before, G-d is Holy. We do need to reverence Him as such. To not, would be sin. I have learned of this practice in my studies and by asking questions and getting answers from my Jewish friends along with studies from Jewish websites.

So, does this mean that we all need to omit the “o” from G-d and L-RD?
No.

There is nothing in the Bible that tells us to practice this. This is a personal conviction that the Jewish nation had and continue to have to this day. In understanding this conviction, I do not want to be a stumbling block to those that read my “articles” who are of either Jewish decent or of Jewish faith.

Is this deception?” No.

There was a time when I was questioning things about Jesus. In my quest for Truth, G-d brought me back to a fuller understanding that Jesus is the Messiah and that Jesus is in fact, G-d in the flesh. With this assurance that G-d has provided me, as I stated before, I state clearly that I am a Christian. However, I do desire that all come to the saving knowledge of Jesus our Savior. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9

“For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.”

– 1 Corinthians 9:19–23 NKJV
(Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982).

He was basically saying that he became all things to all people, yet without sin for the sole purpose that some might be saved. What he was talking about is to be who you are, but don’t be a stumbling block to those that may not know Jesus personally. As you respect them as people, and as you love them as G-d loves them, they may come to know the fullness of Him and His Redeeming Love because you got to know them as well and take time to understand and respect their culture, yet without sinning. We must share the Truth of G-d, regardless of how painful the Truth may be, yet we are still to respect the people, their culture and way of life, so long as it does not contradict the Word of G-d.

Why didn’t you remove the “o” when quoting that set of verses?

By copyright Law I am not permitted to omit nor add anything to or from the New King James Version of the Bible. I just recently learned this regarding the New King James Version.

Am I free to reference G-d by using the “o”?” Yes.

As I stated before, this practice was and is a personal conviction of the Jewish people, but not something that Scripture tells us to do. When G-d gives us a specific conviction, it is sin to not respond appropriately to that. It may not be something that G-d convicts someone else with and that is fine because there is no Scripture that defines those parameters. We have to understand that G-d desires a personal relationship with us and in that personal relationship, He lets us know of things that He would like for us to do or not do that may be on top of what the Bible says. However, the key thing to remember is that these additional convictions will NEVER contradict G-d’s Word. Remember, the Bible says that He does not change in Malachi 3. Also it states that Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever in Hebrews 13. That is why Jesus stated that He did not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). Paul wrote in Romans 3:31 that the Law is not void through faith, but rather established.

G-d does not change, AMEN! He is the Constant in our lives within this ever changing world.

Politics and Freedom of Speech

“We have forgotten G-d”Abraham Lincoln

Read the full proclamation by our President, Abraham Lincoln at http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/fast.htm

Our Constitution is based on the principles of the Bible and G-d and they are intertwined into the document. Our founding fathers believed in G-d and the Bible and they were not ashamed to mention it in their politics. They believed in the freedom of choice, as G-d does.

The first Amendment is the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. It is our Constitutional right to speak our mind, regardless of what it is. Whether you are Atheist, Feminist, Muslim, Catholic, Buddhist, Mormon, Gay, Straight, Jewish, Christian, or any other belief that you have, you have the right to speak your mind openly. That is what makes our country great. It is what the men and women of this country have fought and died for. Don’t let that go in vain. Let Freedom ring.

Any opposition to this amendment is the same mentality as Nero, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, governments that approve of genocide, enforce the burning of all literature, education for only the elect few, banning of the internet, and the list goes on.

If we hold to these oppositions and continue down this path, we will see history repeat itself in the same negative way. These histories are all blemishes of mankind and represent how wickedly horrible we can be.

The world in general is shouting out tolerance, but when someone brings up the Bible, G-d, and/or Jesus, tolerance is thrown out the window. The reaction is “shut them up and shut them down”. “Get that out of our courts, our politics, our work, our lives. He doesn’t belong here.” This is the attitude in a lot of cases.

Why is this? Granted, in a lot of cases, G-d, Jesus and the Bible have all been misrepresented as something of hate. However, if you read the Bible, you will find that it is filled with love all through it. It is a love story of G-d and His people and how He has continued to pursue them, protect them, bless them, and yes discipline them, as a parent disciplines their child. Does that sound like hate?

Bottom line, G-d allows freedom of choice because He loves you. You can make the choice to follow him, or you can make the choice not to. You can make the choice to believe in Him, or you can make the choice not to. It is entirely up to you.

Speak freely of what you believe, speak it in love and don’t get upset when someone disagrees, regardless of what side of the conversation you are on.

Tolerance is an interesting word. It is thrown around without much thought. The root word is tolerate. The definition of tolerate is this: To allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hinderance; to permit.

Tolerance and Agreement are two different things.

I believe in G-d, every bit of His Word (i.e., the Bible), and I also believe that Jesus is the Messiah. I believe that He loves you and that He wants to have a personal relationship with you, just as a parent wants to have a personal relationship with their child. If you disagree with me, I accept that. If you don’t believe in Him, I accept that.

The only question I have for you is this: Have you truly looked into the possibility that the Bible is true in its entirety? To do that, you would have to read it for yourself and make that judgement, and not rest on the opinion or statement of another individual or organization. It is your personal journey while you are here on earth. Their statements and opinions are from their journey, their decision, not yours. The point is this, if I tell you that the direction you are traveling in your car leads to a 3,000 foot cliff because the bridge is out and I just came from that direction barely escaping, are you going to look into it, or are you going to blindly keep driving full speed because the person sitting next to you says, “Don’t believe him, he is a nut.”?

Live in a clear conscience that you have at least looked into the possibility that it is true. If you can say that you have read it entirely and still not believe, then you have made your choice and I respect that. However, because I believe it to be true and because I truly do care for you, don’t get upset when I tell you that He loves you and He wants a better life for you. I am speaking to you in love, His love which is the purest love there is. If you tell me that you don’t want to hear that any more, I am going to respect that and not tell that to you any more. But, don’t get upset if I throw out a “Praise the L-RD, Hallelujah, or Glory Be To G-d” because that is who I am and what I believe. Also, if you ask me a question and you don’t like my answer, remember that you asked the question and it would be rude not to answer it.

I may not agree with what you believe, I may not agree with your lifestyle. That doesn’t stop me from caring for you. I am not going to get upset when you tell me your beliefs or your lifestyle. Just remember this: If you allow yourself to get angered by someone believing something different than what you do, you have to question the root of the anger. Was what they said directed at you personally? Are they forcing something down your throat? Or are they perhaps just simply stating what they believe to be true? Are they coming at you with a pointing finger or are they coming at you with a gentle loving hand?

Also, please remember: We are all human and make mistakes. So if I make one, please forgive me and anyone else that makes one.

G-d loves you dearly and wants to be a part of your life. Your choice, your decision.