God's Name is I AM, not Jehovah, Yahweh, LORD, etc.

Table of Contents

  1. I AM for short
  2. Tetragrammaton Talmudists
  3. Jehovah joke
  4. Knock it off

I AM for short

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. – Exodus 3:14

That is a clear command. God's Name is I AM THAT I AM. The acceptable abbreviation thereof is I AM.

So why do postmodern Christians refer to God as Jehovah, Yahweh, the LORD, etc? Because they're stupid illiterates.

Frankly I doubt my conclusion, because how could I be the one to fix something so fundamental? But I weary of understimating the world's stupidity, so let's proceed.

Tetragrammaton Talmudists

To survive to its present form, the Bible had to be manually copied by scribes. God's Name "I AM THAT I AM" occurred thousands of times. Naturally, it became abbreviated to four letters: JHWH.

Gradually, this practice of abbreviation twisted into something obscurantist and occult.

The Bible commands believers to call on God's Name. However, sanctimonious hypocrites twisted the commandment against taking God's Name in vain, to mean that one shouldn't use it at all, for fear of erring.

From Wikipedia:

Observant Jews and those who follow Talmudic Jewish traditions do not pronounce יהוה‎ nor do they read aloud proposed transcription forms such as Yahweh or Yehovah; instead they replace it with a different term, whether in addressing or referring to the God of Israel. Common substitutions in Hebrew are Adonai ("My Lord"), HaShem ("The Name") and hakadosh baruch hu ("The Holy One, Blessed Be He").

This sentiment is nowhere present in the Bible, and is antithetical to it. The attitude is similar to that of the wicked servant who told God,

"Master, I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed,"

He could just as easily say,

"Master, I know you are a wrathful judge, smiting those who err even unintentionally, so I never called on your Name, lest I use it in vain. Here is your Name back again."

Jehovah joke

Today, ignorant Christians call God "Jehovah", on those occasions when they remember the senior member of the Trinity at all.

From GotQuestions:

The tetragrammaton consists of four Hebrew letters: yodh, he, waw, and then he repeated. Some versions of the Bible translate the tetragrammaton as “Yahweh” or “Jehovah”; most translate it as “LORD” (all capital letters).

This is clearly not the correct translation of God's Name into English. The correct translation is "I AM THAT I AM," and the acceptable abbreviation is "I AM."

If you doubt that, reread Exodus 3:14. My argument is tautological.

It's like a Monty Python skit:

God: "Call me I AM THAT I AM."
Christian: "You got it, LORD."
God: "No, my Name is I AM, for short."
Christian: "Understood, Jehovah!"
God: "I AM."
Christian: "Praise the LORD GOD!" hiccup

And we wonder why God stopped talking to us.

Knock it off

Do you think annoying God is a good idea? Then don't disrespect his Name.

If you fear accidentally disrespecting God, read Job to learn the limits of His patience. Then observe Abraham for the epitome of manners. You don't have to take it that far; the New Testament relaxes the rules. But it's hard to argue with Abram's results.

Capitalized GOD or LORD should be I AM. God's name was given to be used, not hidden under a bushel. Only those He hates are forbidden to speak it, which is why (((false priests))) forbade its use, and how churchians came to worship other gods in His place.

That said, if I were a scribe manually copying the Bible, I'd certainly abbreviate the very-frequent phrase I AM THAT I AM. Thus practicality becomes heresy through a game of telephone played over millennia.

If you find yourself manually copying the Bible due to some weird vow or the collapse of civilization, feel free to use the English version of the Tetragrammaton, IATIA. Otherwise, the full name should be used on formal occasions, to show proper respect. It's like a monarch's titles, but more so.

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