Religion throughout the ages has taken many forms. Nearly every race or culture had its own system of beliefs and its own god or gods. The Egyptians worshipped everything from dogs and cats to the moon and sun. For every god or goddess they had a name. Ra was their Sun god, to name one. The Greeks and Romans worshipped a plethora of gods and demigods. Zeus was the chief god. In every case these gods all had names. So why does the God of the Jews and Christians have such a generic name? The truth is god, lord and christ aren’t names, they are titles.
In the Oxford American Dictionary, the word god is a common noun. It has only been used as a proper noun when used in context with Christian and Jewish teaching.
Dog is a noun as well, but even most dog’s have a name. A dog is what the creature is, just as god is a "superhuman being regarded and worshipped as having power over nature and human affairs" (definition No. 2); or "a person or thing that is greatly admired or adored" (definition No. 3). This obviously means that to some, even money can be a god.
The definition of lord is "a master or ruler or sovereign; a nobleman; the title or form of address to certain high officials in Britain." The dictionary states that christ is "the title of Jesus." It means "the anointed one," or in some dictionaries you may find it to be translated as "the chosen one."
So what is the God’s name? The Lord’s name? The Christ’s name? And are the names important
According to Scripture, the names are extremely important. "Neither is their salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12, KJV, 1941). There is no mystery to the true name of the Creator. The name, Yahweh, has been known since it was given to Moses some 4,000 years ago. The true name of the Father is Yahweh, the Word or Son is Elohim and the Holy Spirit is Yahshua the Messiah.
Creator Reveals True Name
In Exodus, Chapter 3, Moses has seen a bush burning that is not being consumed by the fire and realizes he is in the presence of a god. Moses, who was raised with the Egyptians is accustomed to many gods, each with names, so he asked what name he should use to tell the children of Israel to whom he had spoken. The Creator tells Moses "Ayah Asher Ayah." Properly translated this simply means "I will be what I will to be." Then in Exodus 34:5 Yahweh declares his name. "And the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there and proclaimed the name of the Lord." KJV
Now why would he bother to declare his name by the use of a title and common noun? We say the dog and the man -- but we don’t say the Fido and the Fred. The Creator wouldn’t and didn’t declare to be called by a title. In the Holy Name Bible, translated in the 1930s by A.B. Traina, an Italian Jew who discovered the mistakes in the English translations of the Bible, the proper names are returned to the biblical text.
"And thy Elohim descended in the cloud and stood with him there and proclaimed the name of Yahweh." Holy Name Bible (HNB) Isaiah 42:8 states: "I am Yahweh; that is my name..." HNB. There is abundant evidence that YHWH or Yahweh is the true name.
One of the oldest Scriptural texts ever found contained the name Yahweh. A silver amulet dating back about 2,600 years (600 years before the birth of the Messiah) contains a seventh century extract from the Book of Numbers (6:24-26). It was part of a treasure found by a Tel Aviv University archaeologist in a First Temple Period family tomb in Jerusalem. When this amulet was written the Temple of Solomon still stood, the heirs of King David ruled and the Dead Sea Scrolls would not even be written for another 400 years. After three years of technological care the amulet was unrolled at the Israel Museum. The name of Yahweh was clearly read.
The Jerusalem Post issues 6-26-86 and 8-9-86 and the 6-87 issue of The Readers Digest). There are any number of reference books also that show evidence that Yahweh is, indeed, the name of the Creator. Unger’s Bible Dictionary, 1957, states, "Yahweh: the Hebrew tetragrammaton (YHWH) traditionally pronounced "Jehovah" is now known to be correctly vocalized as "ya-way."
Increased understanding of the kindred Hebrew tongues shows that Yahweh was a finite causative verb from the root huy, which means "to be, to come into being." The Wycliff Bible Encyclopedia, 1975, states: "The name par excellence for the Creator of Israel is Yahweh, found 6,823 times in the original text." Other reference books that give evidence to this name include The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, 1962; The Bible: A New Translation by James Moffatt, 1935; and The Century Bible, 1901. An acknowledgment of the true name can also be found in The Catholic Encyclopedia.
The Encyclopedia Judaica, 1972, states: "The true pronunciation of the name YHWH was never lost. Several early Greek writers of the Christian Church testify that the name was pronounced ‘Yahweh.’ At least until the destruction of the First Temple in 586 B.C., Yahweh’s name was pronounced regularly with its proper vowels, as is clear from the Lachish Letters, written shortly before that day. However, at least by the third century B.C., the pronunciation of the name Yahweh was avoided and the word Adonai (which means lord) was substituted."
It is thought that after the return from the Captivity and before the beginning of the Christian Era, the Jews came to believe that the holy name "Yahweh" was too sacred to be uttered on ordinary occasions. It was said to be pronounced by the high priest on the Day of Atonement. But at other times when it was read, the word "Adonai" was substituted and that is where we get the word "lord" today.
The name of the Father-Creator is Yahweh. And any other name is erroneous. Yahweh then chose the title Elohim for himself rather than god or lord.