“God” is not a foreign deity

“But my Pastor says God is not a foreign deity.  God is the way we refer to the almighty, the one in the bible.”

1) God IS the name of a foreign mighty one!  The Jewish Encyclopedia makes reference to this mighty one and that Gad (pronounced God), the son of Ya’acob (Jacob), was probably named in honor of him!  If you have not had the chance, please read the section called “the Mighty One.”

“Now concerning everything which I have said to you, be on your guard; and do not mention the name of other Mighty Ones, nor let them be heard from your mouth.” – Exodus 23:23

There already exists a Mighty One named God.  He is not YHWH.  Let us call on the name of YHWH, and not mix him up with another.  Let us take that name from our mouths, like the scripture above instructs us.  YHWH already has a name – we don’t need to call him by another.

2) Your Pastor is right about something – many people DO refer to YHWH as a “God.”  However, when YHWH revealed himself to Moses, the word he used to describe himself that has been translated as God does not mean the same thing as God.

English definition of the word “God”:
1.the one Supreme Being, the creator and ruler of the universe.
2.the Supreme Being considered with reference to a particular attribute: the God of Islam.
3.( lowercase ) one of several deities, especially a male deity, presiding over some portion of worldly affairs.
4.( often lowercase ) a supreme being according to some particular conception: the god of mercy.
5.Christian Science . the Supreme Being, understood as Life, Truth, love, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Principle.

El/Eloah/Elohim (the words YHWH, Moses and the prophets used to describe YHWH):
1. The Strong One/The Mighty One

“God” does not mean the same thing as El/Eloah/Elohim.  El/Eloah/Elohim does NOT mean “The Supreme Being.”  El/Eloah/Elohim does NOT mean “one of several deities.”

God is not a proper translation for the word Elohim, or any of the other “El” words.  Like the picture above, would we label chicken as beef?  In English, we must properly call him “the Mighty One,” or “the Strong One.”

Again, if you have not had a chance, please read the whole section called “The Mighty One.”