PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
barben666
 
Comments: 11
Article views: 660
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all barben666's badges.
 

The Name, GOD: Unifying or Dividing?

04 June 2012, 10:29

When one tunes in to religious discourses, the Name that comes up the most by far is “God”. And it warms the heart to think that the religions may differ about many things, but the one issue that draws them together is the fact that all of them refer to the Divine as ‘God’. Oh yes, the name ‘God’ sounds different in the different tongues, but that doesn’t worry you at first, because you think that He is ONE no matter if he is referred to as God or Allah or Eloheem or Theos or uThixo or whatever sound ‘God’ produces in the different languages. However, your awakening is rude when you fine-tune into the conversations and turn the volume up.

Because it soon become apparent that you are actually tuned into a hornets nest, with the religions the fierce hornets and their stings? The Name, GOD! Just fancy that: The Name that is supposed to unify, is actually used as a poisonous tool to sting other humans, sometimes even to death, whether physical or spiritual, forcing them to accept your way of thinking about God and thinking you are spreading the GOOD NEWS of your personal God.

Is God a personal Name? : I have discovered that one of the biggest reasons for this state of affairs is the fact that there is about no religion who regards ‘God’ as a generic name. As far and deep as I could dig most religions, but especially the ‘Faiths of the Book’, namely Judaism, Christianity and Islam’ make them guilty of this. When one read articles written by Jews, you very often come across the annoying (for me) practice of spelling ‘God’ as G-d! When I asked a Jew about this habit, his answer was that they don’t want to profane the Name! When you listen to Christian sermons they often preach about the ‘only true God’ and, the ‘other’ faiths must be brought “to God” (meaning into the Christian fold) in order to be saved, because all other gods are ‘pagan’ gods! The people of Islam call God by His Arabic Name of “Allah” in all languages and guard fiercely that other faiths don’t refer to God as Allah, because that is their personal Name for God.

What does the Bible say about the word ‘God’ being a personal or generic Name? “Then God said: let us make man (-kind) in our image, in our likeness.” (Gen1:26) If you don’t know a person (historic or foreign) and you’re shown an image (photo or statue) of the person, you will have a fair idea of what the person may look like. Now according to Gen.1:26 the human race is a live ‘photo or statue’ of God and when I look at the world’s humans I see many (7billion at the last estimates) and I see different races, colours, creeds and tongues! And I also notice that no humans are called man or mankind as a personal name. No, mankind is a generic name, while everybody has a personal name to distinguish him or her from the rest of mankind. In the very same manner ‘God’ is a generic Name, while every religion has a particular God-head with a Personal Name. The blasphemer who was stoned (Lev.24:11) swore by the personal Name of the God-head of the Israelites (JHWH), and not by the generic Name ‘God’!

Can any Religion claim ownership of God? : I grew up in a large family and I can still remember vividly that I was still a little boy when one day all our siblings were crowding around our father. Suddenly a fit of jealousy took hold of me. I pushed the others away, put my arms around the legs of our father and told the others: Go away you! He’s not your father. He’s only my pa! It was only when I matured a bit more that I realized he was our sibling’s entire father. Needless to say I’m still embarrassed by that episode nearly 60 years after it happened, but isn’t that a very descriptive analogy of what is happening between the religions in the world? We just don’t want to grow up. Everybody wants to push all the others away and claim sole ownership of God. No wonder there is so much hatred in the world and so little love lost between the different Faiths.

There is a very simple exercise the leaders of faith communities can do with their followers to rid themselves of this biggest of misconceptions about God. The Pastoral Preachers and the Imams and the Rabbis must swop their special ways of referring to God in their sermons. Let the Jews and Christians use the terms ‘Allah’, the Imams ‘God’ or ‘Eloheem’ and let them all frequently use terms like uThixo or Theos or whatever names the other religions use when they preach about God.

And when we succeed in letting the religious storms of the world subside, and God’s love begin to evaporate the mist of hatred that envelopes the world, who knows we humans may just be well on our way to become the TRUE IMAGE of God. Plural, like Eloheem is plural, but ONE in the same sense that GOD IS ONE! 

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Meta
News in the digital age

How do you think that spreading your hate/bigotry and or intolerance helps anybody? Read more...

8 comments 328 views
Submitted by
Brian Faul
How and why a Dictator is born

One needs to remember looking back in history these hard times is when a dictator is more likely to get born. It is during these hard times that a dictator gets voted into power. Read more...

4 comments 1036 views
Submitted by
Prenisha Naidoo
I will be proactive...

This letter is in response to articles on the death of baby Jamie Naidoo, We have the tendency to be reactive…we wait for something to happen, then suddenly we care, writes a News24 User. Read more...

2 comments 363 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Celebration

Make a list of at least ten things that you can celebrate, and write two or three reasons why you can celebrate those things or events. Read more...

1 comments 79 views
Submitted by
Eric de Castro
Last squeak of the year

 Read more...

4 comments 50 views
Submitted by
MarkH

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.