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Category Archives: God the Father (Yahweh)

Debunking The Fall: The Many Lies Christians Tell About Genesis 3

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Christians confuse themselves with the concept of a Fall.  This term suggests that there was a time that humans were radically different than they are now, then something terrible happened and their nature became drastically altered.  Well, no, this really isn’t what happened.

From the very beginning, humans have had the option to choose obedience or rebellion. From the very beginning, God has made rebellion seem like a tantalizing option. Take a closer look at that Genesis account in which Adam and Eve ate the fruit. Notice the lures that the serpent used to tempt Eve. Read more of this post

Courtroom Drama: A Metaphor of Heaven that Insults Yahweh

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In the Church, we have invented a very untrue and downright offensive picture of what it will be like for Christians when they arrive in Heaven. We describe a courtroom scene, and each Christian has his turn being on trial. Yahweh is the somber faced Judge with gavel in hand, and Satan is there to point out all the ways we violated God’s Law. Things are looking bad for us, and we’re afraid that the grim faced Yahweh is about to condemn us as guilty.  But then Jesus rushes in to our defense. He tells Yahweh that He’s paid the penalty for our sins, therefore we should be considered innocent. After listening to what Jesus has to say, Yahweh nods and grants us passage into Heaven. Big sigh of relief. Read more of this post

Rethinking the Creation Account: Who is Elohim?

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Whenever you find people tenaciously clinging to a blatant lie, it’s because that lie is protecting them from a truth that they aren’t ready to deal with. Take the girlfriend who keeps clinging to the delusion that her guy is committed to her as she watches him flirt with other women right in front of her. What’s going on here? Well, to face the truth about what a heel her man is being would undoubtedly result in a break-up, and that break-up is something the girl doesn’t feel like she can handle. So she keeps clinging to lies, even to the point of shunning friends who are really trying to help her see the light because they care about her welfare. Read more of this post

An Introduction to the Gods of the Bible

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When you’re just getting started in Christianity, or when you’ve been poorly taught by other Christians, the Bible can seem rather confusing. You might have heard that the whole Bible is about Jesus. Well, no, this is utterly ridiculous. The Christian Bible has two Testaments: Old and New. Jesus doesn’t show up until the beginning of the New Testament. The only God who is being referred to throughout the Old Testament is Yahweh, or God the Father.  All of those “Messianic prophecies” you hear about were times when Yahweh would drop hints about a coming Messiah–but no one understood that that Messiah was going to be another God.  At the same time that Yahweh spoke of the Messiah, He insisted that He was the only God in existence–that didn’t leave any room for people to assume that the Messiah would be a Divine Being. Read more of this post

Why did Yahweh lie about being the only God in existence?

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In the Old Testament, Yahweh claims to be the only God in existence. Today we know that there are really three Gods: Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Yahweh Himself confirmed the reality of multiple Gods after the revelation of Jesus. So why did He lie about it? What was the point?

Yahweh always has good reasons for what He does. And once we learn to stop freaking out about the fact that He lied to us, we can finally get around to appreciating the brilliance of His Old Testament evangelism strategy. Read more of this post

The Names of God

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In the Bible, we find many names for our Gods. Well, to be more accurate, we find many descriptive titles for our Gods. In the Old Testament, for example, Yahweh refers to Himself as Yahweh (I Am), El Elyon (God Most High), El Roi (God who sees), El Shaddai (God Almighty), Yahweh-Rapha (God who heals), Yahweh-Sabaoth (Yahweh of Hosts), etc.

Some people want you to make a really big deal out of the fact that Yahweh refers to Himself in all of these ways. Now the Old Testament was written in Hebrew. If you don’t speak Hebrew, then terms like El Shaddai and Yahweh-Rapha sound strange to you. We humans are very good at turning strange into mystical and today there are whole flocks of Christians who are “praying the Names of God.” Instead of just saying a normal “Hi God” when they pray, they start praying, “Oh Yahweh-Rapha.” How does Yahweh feel about this? Does He want you throwing Hebrew titles in His face when He knows how strange these words sound in your ears? Does He listen extra close when you start giving Him the El Elyon treatment? No, He doesn’t. Read more of this post

Yahweh or Jehovah?

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Some Christians call God the Father Yahweh.  Others call Him Jehovah.  (By the way, the Jehovah’s Witnesses are a cult, but more on that later.)  So what should you call Him?  Well, let’s start with how we arrived at the Name Yahweh.  It all began with these four ancient Hebrew characters:

YHWHThis famous string of letters is called the Tetragrammaton.  But when we want to write this out in English, which letters should we substitute?  There are two different opinions.  One group comes up with YHWH, the other comes up with JHVH.  At least everyone agrees on the Hs. Read more of this post

The Name of Yahweh in Genesis

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Here’s a fun bit of Bible trivia. Exodus 3:15 is the first time that Yahweh introduces His Covenant Name to anyone.

God said to Moses, “This is what you must say to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My memorial-Name to all generations.”

Then later on, when speaking to Moses, Yahweh explains that He never revealed His personal Name to anyone previously.

“I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but I didn’t make Myself known to them by My Name, Yahweh.” (Ex. 6:3) Read more of this post

Psalm 139: Yahweh is an Involved Creator

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In this exultant psalm, David marvels at the Character and abilities of Yahweh and He celebrates Yahweh’s intimate involvement in his life.

O Yahweh, You have searched me and You know me. (Ps. 139:1)

The searching here is like a thorough examination which explores every aspect of something. Yahweh knows each one of us inside and out. David is marveling at how amazing this is. Read more of this post

Psalm 23: Yahweh is a Good Shepherd

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As the youngest of eight boys, David was assigned the chore of shepherding his family’s flock. Sheep are psychologically fragile animals. They follow the alpha ram in their midst with no discernment whatsoever. If the ram walks over a cliff to his death, the sheep will follow. Sheep are easily frightened and utterly helpless. Top heavy with short legs, if they get rolled onto their backs, they are unable to right themselves and will starve to death unless their shepherd comes to their rescue. Greedy and stubborn, they will push their way into all kinds of dangerous predicaments for one more mouthful of lush grass, only to then find themselves hopelessly snagged in a thorn bush or stuck down the side of some cliff.  It’s very easy for them to get lost once they are separated from the flock. A shepherd must be constantly on guard to protect his sheep not only from their own stupidity, but also from predators like wolves and lions. Good shepherds are very protective over their flocks and they stay alert despite the long hours and travel. A lot of travel is involved, for once the sheep eat down a pasture, they need to be led to a new food supply. At night a shepherd will make a temporary pen for his sheep out of shrubbery or whatever he can find in order to keep the flock together. Since sheep are such poor conversationalists, a man could become bored stiff hanging out with his flock miles away from his home. But David was a musician and a poet, and he undoubtedly carried a small harp with him and used it to pass the time. His experience with driving off predators had also made him a crack shot. A wooden rod and a slingshot were his primary weapons against predators, but sometimes he was outsmarted and a crafty lion or bear would make off with one of David’s fluffy dependents in his mouth. In such a case, David would boldly charge after the animal and rescue his sheep using his bare hands. He describes this to King Saul in 1 Samuel 17:34-36: Read more of this post