IF YOU DON'T SAY GOD'S NAME LIKE I DO YOU ARE CURSED! Oh really ;)
IF YOU DON'T SAY GOD'S NAME LIKE I DO YOU ARE CURSED!
Its funny because many scholars, believing and secular, who have PHds in ancient Semitic languages, specifically Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, all say that no one knows with 100% certainty on how to say the Creator's name. Many of these people have spent their entire lives studying and knowing biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, etc. So here is my question to those who say one is cursed if you don't pronounce the name of God as they do...
What about those who have speech impediments, or those who are deaf and mute (those that cannot speak at all)? Are these people are doomed to an eternal curse by no fault of their own? Did God set them up for failure with no chance of salvation?
Hmmm... So what did the Messiah teach in how we should pray to God (YHWH)? Consider the following...
"In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our FATHER in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."
BTW Yeshua (Jesus) used the title "Father" many times when referring to YHWH in the gospels...
Matthew - Matt 5:16, 5:45, 48, Matt 6:1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 14, 15, 18, 26, 32, Matt 7:11, 21, Matt 8:21, Matt 10:20, 29, 32 and 33. Mark - Mark 8:38, 11:25, 26, Mark 13:32, Mark 14:36. Luke - Luke 2;49, Luke 6:36, Luke 9:26, Luke 10:21, 22, Luke 11:2, 13. John - John 1:14, 18, John 2:16, John 3:35, John 4:21, 23, 53, John 5:17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 30, 36, 37, 43, 45, John 6:27, 32.
So we see Yeshua refers to YHWH as “Father” 53 times in the gospels when teaching and praying. So maybe we should follow His lead and do the same? Yea I think that would be a good idea.
Now there are numerous other examples where “Father” is used to refer to YHWH in the rest of the New Testament/Epistles so don’t forget those (they are numerous). Here are those results…
Acts - 1:4, 7, 2:33. Romans - 1:7, 6:4, 11:28, 15:6. 1 Corinthians - 1:3, 8:6, 15:24. 2 Corinthians - 1:2, 3, 6:18, 11:31. Galatians - 1:1, 3, 4, 4:2, 4:6. Ephesians - 1:2, 3, 17, 2:18, 3:14, 4:6, 5:20, 6:23. Philippians - 1:2, 2:11, 4:20. Colossians - 1:2, 3, 12, 19, 2:2, 3:17. 1 Thessalonians - 1:1, 3, 3:11 and 13. 2 Thessalonians - 1:1, 2, 2:16. 1 Timothy - 1:2. 2 Timothy - 1:2. Titus - 1:4. Philemon - 1:3. Hebrews - 1:5. James - 1:17, 27, 3:9. 1 Peter - 1:2, 3, 17. 2 Peter - 1:17. 1 John - 1:2, 3, 2:1, 13, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 3:1, 4:14, 5:7. 2 John - 1:3, 4, 9. Jude - 1:1. Revelation - 1:6, 2:27, 3:5, 21, 14:1.
So we see 76 times that YHWH was referred to and or called “Father”. If we add the 53 times from the gospels to the 76 times in the other Apostolic writings we see “Father” was used 129 times.
What we do not see are any teachings on how to say the sacred name, YHWH?
We also don’t see that one’s salvation is in danger by not saying the Name of God in a specific way or that our understanding of scriptural truths or our prayers are rendered useless because we don’t pronounce His name as some teach as the only way. Some say if you don't pronounce His name correctly your prayers are not heard but scripture says the following...
"One that turns his ear from hearing the law (Torah), even his prayer is an abomination" Proverbs 28:9
"... For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." Matthew 12:34 & Luke 6:45
Hebrews 4:11-13 shows that the word of God judges and discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart. So hwen one claims that God will not listen to your prayers or that you are praying to a false god because you are not using the correct name, remember what Yeshua taught and what the bible teaches - that out of abundance of the heart the mouth speaks and that YHWH judges our hearts.
So instead arguing how to say the Name or claiming there is only one way to say it, seems to fall flat in that we are told by the Messiah that YHWH is our Father and we should pray to Him using that word “Father” (Abba in Hebrew, pater in Greek which both mean father/parent).
"But what about the scriptures? Does the Old Testament have any references to God being called "Father"?
OT verses with the word “Father” being used of YHWH. ..
1. Deuteronomy 32:5-7 “They have corrupted themselves; They are not His children,Because of their blemish: A perverse and crooked generation. 6 Do you thus deal with the Lord, O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made you and established you? 7 “Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; Your elders, and they will tell you:
2. Psalm 68:5 “A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation.”
3. Psalm 89:26 “He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’”
4. Isaiah 9:5-7 “ For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”
5. Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand”
6. Jeremiah 3:4 “Will you not from this time cry to Me, ‘My Father, You are the guide of my youth?”
7. Malachi 1:6 “A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says the Lord of hosts To you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’”
8. Malachi 2:10 “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another By profaning the covenant of the fathers?”
So we see Moses and David calling God "Father" and they were not rebuked. Then we see God refering to Himself as "Father" as He talks to the people through the prophets. Now its true if we don't give esteem and honor to His name that is bad. This is a phrase indicating that one's heart is far from God and His word, its not about how we pronounce His name. If the pronouncing His name was so important we would have seen Yeshua, Paul and other writers of the New Testament teaching extensively on this but we do not, rather we see them teaching to address God as "Father".
If take into consideration all the times we see God refered to as "Father" in the bible, it numbers 137 times.
But still people argue about the name. Those that harp on pronouncing the Name correctly have flawed logic. Its as if you say the name correctly then it doesn't matter what your daily life is like. Its almost like God is a slot machine and will give you whatever you want because you said His name correctly, but that is not what is taught in scritpure.
The one thing I ask when I meet Sacred Namers is this "If a person is deaf, mute, cannot speak and or has a speech impediment so they cannot say the Name correclty are they doomed to hell through no fault of their own? Does God just curse them?"
Of course not.
So far no Sacred Namer has ever answered this question with in-context scritpure and logic. So with that being said, pray to the "Father" just as the Messiah taught and be the light to the world.