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Fellowship in the Woodlands

wayne566 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 9:44 AM
"God" is not God's name, any more than "President" is obama's name. "God" is a title, or perhaps, an office. A pronoun. I won't print His name here, because it is only to be used when one is deep in prayer and communion with Him, (or when reading it in the Bible) and then only sparingly.
Younger Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 4:10 PM
So, Jeremiah was wrong when he said, "Hear what YHWH says to you, O house of Israel?" (Jer. 10:1) I do not know just how he pronouced God's name, for written Hebrew did not use vowels. The context indicates that Jeremiah was not deep in prayer and communion with God, but was speaking openly to the people of Jerusalem. There were many other instances in which Jeremiah and other prophets spoke God's name. I rather doubt that they said the Hebrew equivalent to "My Lord," which came to be the practice of Jews who did not want to take God's name in an empty way; when the system of vowel points was devised (circa A.D. 750), the vowel points for the word that means "my Lord" were placed with the consonants of God's name, so that the reader...
Younger Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 4:25 PM
so that the reader would not pronouce God's name, and avoid taking the Name in vain.
jimmylynn Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 10:05 AM
So wayne, what is your point here? You're not admonishing people for using the word "God" are you?
wayne566 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 10:59 AM
No. Just that saying "Oh, my God!" is not taking the Name of God in vain.
I have seen a number of churches that take the Name in vain - Some even include it in the name of the church!
Now, using the pronoun in a sentence such as "God said..." can be blasphemous, if it runs counter to what is clearly written, but it doesn't count as using His Name. It's just as bad, but it is different.
Illbay Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 11:51 AM
" Some even include it in the name of the church!"

You mean, just as Christ instructed?
jimmylynn Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 2:59 PM
OK. Well that cleared your position and meaning up for me. Thanks.

Most of America's problems are cultural. Even our economic problems stem from the cultural rejection of personal responsibility and the acceptance of collective responsibility. And none of our problems would be as bad if the church was still shaping the culture instead of merely responding to it. I was reminded of this during my annual holiday trip home to The Woodlands, Texas.

I've attended Christmas Eve services four out of the last six years at the Woodlands Church (formerly Fellowship of the Woodlands), which is a Southern Baptist mega church that keeps its Baptist affiliation well hidden from the general...