Hanukkahgiving or Thanksgivvukah

In 1888 the world could celebrate Thanksgiving and the start of the Feast of Dedication or Hanukkah (Chanukah {חנוכה}) on the same day. In 2013 this happening now brought for some concerns, because this year the two feasts also come together but are by many mixed.

The convergence of the secular and sacred holidays is presenting opportunities for many Jews and challenges for others — including concerns about everything from extra preparation and party planning to those who think they will dilute or devalue both celebrations.

The dilemma is best illustrated by Hillel Day School teacher Lori Rashty, who recently watched eighth-grade students help second-graders plant their freshly painted hands onto paper to make the turkey, then transform the four finger feathers into candles to incorporate a menorah.

Image from a greeting card made by Jewish online gift shop ModernTribe.comWe are facing a real special Hanukkah – Thanksgiving holiday because we shall have to wait for an other for 79,000 years before we would encounter such an occasion again. Looking at what happens in the world now, this probably would not happen as such, because the Third World War shall have happened already and the Millennium shall also have been a fact, after which Christ Jesus shall have handed over the Kingdom of God again to his Father.

But now we can look at the double-barreled holiday, which in certain countries brings a kind of an exciting way for the kids to realize that it’s a special occasion for them.

The lunisolar nature of the Jewish calendar makes Hanukkah and other religious observances appear to drift slightly from year to year when compared to the U.S., or Gregorian, calendar. Jewish practice calls for the first candle of eight-day Hanukkah to be lit the night before Thanksgiving Day this year, so technically “Thanksgivukkah,” — or “Thanksgivvukah,” as the Hillel students spell it — falls on the “second candle” night.

At Hillel Day School, students entering the library see a colourful poster designed to provoke thoughts about the convergent holidays: Under a Thanksgivvukah headline are several questions, including

“How are Thanksgiving and Hanukkah alike?”

It may be very special to have Hanukkah and Thanksgiving on the same day. We should think about the creation, what God has given us all, believers in God and other believers. The secular element for Thanksgiving has been there always because it finds its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, celebrating the reaping of the harvest. In many countries the heathen also had their harvest-home or harvest-festival, where they celebrated the blessings they got from nature. In lots of places was celebrated that the year came to a good end and was hoped and prayed to the gods to go in a good Winter season.

Origin of Thanksgiving

The radical reformers of 1536, wished to completely eliminate all Church holidays, including the heathen Christmas and Easter, but hose festivals looked to traditionally embedded they did not manage to get them our of the Christian holiday festivals. Though for many serious Bible students and sincere Christians, who knew Christ Jesus was born on the 17th of October 4BCE, the celebration of the goddess of light was a celebration they did not want to associate with. Therefore they wanted to say thanks to their God, and remember the birth of Christ Jesus on an other day.

In the 16th century the heathen holidays were to be replaced by specially called Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving, in response to events that the Puritans viewed as acts of special or Divine providence.

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The Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot, Laing Art Gallery (Tyne and Wear Museums) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Strangely enough for their holidays they also took secular happenings. Days of Thanksgiving were called following the victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588 and following the deliverance of Queen Anne in 1705. An unusual annual Day of Thanksgiving began in 1606 following the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 and developed into Guy Fawkes Day. In the Autumn of 1621 William Bradford, governor of Plymouth Colony, called for a day of thanksgiving and prayer after the colonists’ first harvest. An other thanksgiving day in 1623 celebrated rainfall after a drought. After 1630 a Day of Thanksgiving came to be observed every year after the harvest and other colonies in New England gradually adopted the practice. In the South the custom did not appear till 1855.

President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 officially proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. Traditionally celebrated on the last Thursday in November, it was changed by the act of congress in 1941 to the fourth Thursday of November.

The first Canadian Thanksgiving or Jour de l’Action de grâce is often traced back to 1578 and the explorer Martin Frobisher, in thanks not for the harvest but for surviving the long journey from England through the perils of storms and icebergs.

In Holland some commemorate the hospitality the Pilgrims received in Leiden on their way to the New World and thank God for His provisions. {Many of the Pilgrims who migrated to the Plymouth Plantation had resided in the city of Leiden from 1609–1620, many of whom had recorded their births, marriages and deaths at the Pieterskerk.}

Most of the U.S. aspects of Thanksgiving (such as the turkey), were incorporated when United Empire Loyalists began to flee from the United States during the American Revolution and settled in Canada. The Canadians celebrate it annually on the second Monday in October.

Origin of Hanukkah or the Feast of Dedication, the Feast of Light

Antiochus IV Epiphanes had, because of his frustration not to extirpate the Jewish faith, desecrated the Second Temple of Jerusalem. To observe the rededication of the temple in 165 BCE {Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire} , a celebration of 8 days, beginning Kislev 25 (according to the Hebrew calendar), had to bring to the memory the indistinguishable and ever spreading Jewish faith. The ceremony also recalls the Talmud story of how a small, one-day supply of non desecrated oil miraculously burned in the temple for eight full days until new oil could be obtained.

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Hanukkah menorah, known also as Hanukiah. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Jews use a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah. { חנוכה (Hanukkah) is also the Hebrew acronym for ח נרות והלכה כבית הלל — “Eight candles, and the halakha is like the House of Hillel”. This is a reference to the disagreement between two rabbinical schools of thought — the House of Hillel and the House of Shammai — on the proper order in which to light the Hanukkah flames. Shammai opined that eight candles should be lit on the first night, seven on the second night, and so on down to one on the last night (because the miracle was greatest on the first day). Hillel argued in favor of starting with one candle and lighting an additional one every night, up to eight on the eighth night (because the miracle grew in greatness each day). Jewish law adopted the position of Hillel.}

Today on the first day of the festival the first arm is put on light. The second day a second candle is lighted. Progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash (sometimes spelled shamas Hebrew: שמש‎, “attendant” or “warden”) or gabbai ((Hebrew: גבאי‎) and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for practical use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves for purposes other than publicizing and meditating upon Hanukkah is forbidden.

In Sephardic families, the head of the household lights the candles, while in Ashkenazic families, all family members light.

A dedication to God

The name “Hanukkah” derives from the Hebrew verb “חנך”, meaning “to dedicate”. the Jews want to show others around them that they are willing to  dedicate themselves fully to the Most High Creator, the Adonai Elohim יהוה {Jehovah} Who created the heavens and the earth and  said, “Let light come to be,” and light came to be (Genesis 1:3). It was the Messenger of יהוה {Jehovah} who appeared to Mosheh  (Moses) in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. The God Who spoke often by the flames and should be are light in the darkness, is the One Who needs our attention. Those eight days we can meditate on His Works.

Jesus (Jeshua) also celebrated the Feast of lights or Hanukkah.

“22  then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. it was winter, 23 and Yeshua was walking around inside the temple area, in Shlomo’s colonnade.” (John 10:22-23 CJB)

When  Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon, he wanted to honour his Father and be thankful for all the things He did for him and his followers.

We do not have to go through Solomon’s porch any-more, but we do have to be thankful to our Creator like Jesus was thankful to Him. The Nazarene Jeshua remembered that in 167 BCE Antiochus ordered an altar to Zeus erected in the Temple. Jeshua when he was alive never was called Jesus, Issou or ‘Hail Zeus’ and probably would not have liked it to be called that way. This name in honour of the Olympian “Father of gods and men”, the god of sky and thunder in Greek mythology was only given many years later in Constantine’s time to adhere with the Roman Empire their gods and to have him as a part of a three-une god like in the Roman-Greek culture. By calling him the same as Zeus, Jeshua also could be called the god father, like Zeus. It was Antiochus who banned brit milah (circumcision) and ordered pigs to be sacrificed at the altar of the temple (the sacrifice of pigs to the Greek gods was standard ritual practice in the Ancient Greek religion).

In the light of today

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Saying grace before carving the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner in the home of Earle Landis in Neffsville, Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today Christians do not need to have a circumcision and do not need to bring any offerings, so there is certainly not needed a  sacrifice of pigs.

Hanukkah is not a “Sabbath-like” holiday, and there is no obligation to refrain from activities that are forbidden on the Sabbath, as specified in the Shulkhan Arukh. It is  and is celebrated with a series of rituals that are performed every day throughout the 8-day holiday, some are family-based and others communal. There are special additions to the daily prayer service, and a section is added to the blessing after meals.

For both occasions,  it is all about remembering the wonders of the Most High. The prayers and songs are presented to the Holy One who give us all things even when we may not deserve them. God has given his only begotten son Jeshua (Jesus Christ) who by giving his totally to his Father, presenting his body as a sacrifice, became the Messiah, the one who brought salvation to all people of the world.

“For Hanukkah, you usually just get presents and then for Thanksgiving you just eat. Now everything is just mixed together and I think that’s a great thing.”

said Jason Teper, an eighth-grader who was helping the second-graders with their menurkeys. But in many countries Hanukkah is in the first instance also a period of saying prayers to think God. In some countries the presents became more important. Also for the Christians the presenting food to the table of the lord, sharing the presents God has given us by the Work in nature,made lots of Christians concentrating on preparing a good festival meal at home for themselves. In many countries presents also became part of the holiday festival. For some Thanksgiving Day was such an important day like Christmas is/was for the Catholics.

Combined festivities

Saul Rube, Hillel’s dean of Judaic studies, said the light-hearted combinations of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah icons underscore a deeper bond: The Talmud, one of Judaism’s core texts, describes Hanukkah as a “holiday of thanksgiving.”

“The fact that you could meld our Jewish culture and the popular culture is such a wonderful opportunity, when so many times in December observant families feel … torn. They want to be part of that whole holiday season,” he said.

Rube said his Thanksgiving dinner table will have one notable addition: a challurkey, a loaf of Jewish challah bread in the shape of a turkey. Some Detroit-area bakeries are selling them but he found one he liked online from a kosher bakery and ordered it. It was only $12, but a good bit more for shipping.

“I splurged — I told my wife if we amortize the cost over 80,000 years ’til it happens again, it’s not so bad,” he said.

American Jews also love Thanksgiving and celebrate it every year with the rest of America. Some Jews consider Thanksgiving kosher, not for the thanking of the Creator, but because Thanksgiving is generally seen as a secular, national holiday in which people honour family and community, regardless of ethnic group or religious denomination. It is also popularly associated with pilgrims giving thanks for their new life in America, where they could practise their religion freely.

Rabbi Levi Shemtov, director of the Washington office of the ultra-Orthodox Chabad movement, says there is “nothing adverse to anything Jewish or contradictory to Judaism” in Thanksgiving.

“For that celebration to happen – as we are in our religious calendar celebrating our own religious freedom, as it was achieved in ancient times – makes it only that more emphatic,” he says.

People preparing meals for the poor at a Jewish community centre in Washington DC

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Additional reading:

  1. Being thankful
  2. Thanksgiving-Hanukkah overlap spurs thanks, angst
  3. What happens when you cross Thanksgiving with Hanukkah?
  4. Barry’s Best Bread for the Challah-Days

Some one or something to fear #7 Not afraid for Gods Name

Fear to use a name of a ghost, person or group

13. Not afraid for Gods Name

It is notable that a lot of priests or preachers do not dare to use God’s Name or even do not talk much about His person nor His works. In a lot of schools the religious instruction has not much to do with God but in fact concerns more general moral ethics or moral philosophy. Often there is more philosophy than studying the Word of God. Bible study is more often little sleeping baby than the popular theologians.Calling on the Name Jehovah to be Delivered

One does not dare to speak too much about God, because one is frightened to fail then. One thinks that people will pull out or that they (as preacher or as person) will be less popular. The own popularity is more on their mind than the popularity of their God. They are more concerned with what others might think about them. They prefer concealing God rather than to be unpopular in this world.

They have a worldly fear of failure which is still less to gloss over than the children their fear of not succeeding for a house task or test. It should not be our priority to succeed in this world or to become acknowledged and popular. We as Christians should aim to follow Christ, listen to him and accordingly honour his Father. Our aim should further be to succeed to become approved by God.

To be able to dare to come before the eyes of God we must dare to omit our fear. Though the world may look frightening we should be strengthened by the Force of our God. The world may not frighten us. We should dare to speak out the Name of our beloved Father, the Creator of us all. And we should know that to be able to be recognized and to be accepted by the God of gods, we shall have to accept His position and have to dare to speak out His Name which He loves to hear. We should have no excuses not to dare to pronounce His divine name and also to address Him with that Name that He has given to Him and us and also wants to hear.

“Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them; for I Jehovah thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate me,”(Exodus 20:4-5 ASV)

“Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold,or silver, or stone, graven by art and device of man.” (Acts 17:29 ASV)

“Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; Eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; Noses have they, but they smell not; They have hands, but they handle not; Feet have they, but they walk not; Neither speak they through their throat. They that make them shall be like unto them; Yea, every one that trusteth in them.”(Psalms 115:4-8 ASV)

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24ASV)

“I am Jehovah, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise unto graven images.” (Isaiah 42:8 ASV)

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13 ASV)

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Additional reading:

  1. Who is the Only “True God”? (John 17:3)
  2. Believing in God the rewarder
  3. Only one God
  4. God of gods
  5. God is one
  6. Attributes to God
  7. Titles of God beginning with the Aleph in Hebrew
  8. Is God the Father?
  9. The Divine name of the Creator
  10. I Will Cause Your Name To Be Remembered
  11. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  12. God about His name “יהוה“
  13. I am that I am Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh אהיה אשר אהיה
  14. Hashem השם, Hebrew for “the Name”
  15. יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
  16. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God
  17. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  18. God Helper and Deliverer
  19. God my fence, my hope for the future
  20. The Divine name of the Creator
  21. Some one or something to fear #7 Not afraid for Gods Name
  22. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  23. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God
  24. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #1 Listening Sovereign Maker
  25. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #2 Witnessing
  26. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #3 Callers upon God
  27. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation
  28. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
  29. Listening and Praying to the Father
  30. Praise the most High Jehovah God above all
  31. Praise the God with His Name
  32. For Jehovah is greatly to be praised
  33. The Bible and names in it
  34. Jehovah in the BASF
  35. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  36. Jesus and his God
  37. A philosophical error which rejects the body as part of the human person
  38. Manifests for believers #2 Changing celibacy requirement
  39. Uncertainty, shame and no time for vacillation
  40. Who are the honest ones?
  41. Fragments from the Book of Job #5: chapters 32-37
  42. At first looking like a loss
  43. God’s measure not our measure
  44. God loving people justified

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Also of interest:

  1. Draw Close To God
  2. ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ – What Name?
  3. Has anyone else noticed the profound disrespect
  • Charles Spurgeon: Preachers and Weakness (samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com)
    I have known preachers who have been very weak, and yet they have been used of the Lord. For many, many years, my own preaching was exceedingly painful to me because of the fears which beset me before entering the pulpit. Often, my dread of facing the people has been overwhelming.
  • Inspirational – When I am afraid …. (alexdekkers.wordpress.com)
    Psalm 56 as it shows a very important reassurance God has given us. It is so easy to get afraid and think that the situation won’t go over, or that no help will come.
  • October 12 @ Proverbs 29-30 (phyllisbenigas.wordpress.com)
    Sometimes we fear what people think of us, and that is every bit as debilitating as fear for our lives.  Moses almost missed his mission in life of delivering the Israelites out of Egypt because he was afraid they wouldn’t accept him, afraid that they would question his authority.  Many of the Old Testament prophets feared that their messages would be rejected and mocked by the people. “Fearing people is a dangerous trap” and may keep us from fulfilling our calling.
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    To overcome fear, we need to change our perspective and who better than God to help us do that
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    When we focus on the faithfulness of Almighty God instead of fearing mere humans, there’s nothing left to stop us from pursuing all that God has for us and those things with eternal value.
  • A Prayer About Our Fears (jimkane.wordpress.com)
    Father God / It is hard to admit sometimes but we are afraid. / And it is not the “big” things we are most afraid of.
  • Catechism in Motion: 1. The Desire for God (catholicmediaoutreach.com)
    The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for
  • Be Courageous (debbiepresnell.wordpress.com)
    I prayed and asked God to help me get over my nervousness and not be afraid. I asked Him to help me do the talk.
  • The Preacher (dofstehage.wordpress.com)
    It’s Sunday. / The preacher steps into the pulpit. / Unsure / Uncertain
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    Self-righteousness brings indignation / I am self-consumed / Self-consumption reveals a less than humble heart / I am plagued with worry and fright
  • Thoughts on Pilgrim’s Progress, Part the Second – #9 “No fears, no grace” (angie5804.wordpress.com)
    One example in Pilgrim’s Progress is in the character of Mr. Fearing.  Mr. Great-Heart explains it this way when asked why
  • Confidence in God (maryscatholicgarden.com)
    few Christians have confidence strong enough to dispel anxiety and doubt.  Lack of confidence can cause us to hesitate, and sink into despair and discouragement.  When St. Peter saw Jesus walking on the water, he eagerly jumped out of the boat with assurance and confidence.  But when the waves rose threatening to overpower him, and he saw the ferocity of the raging storm, he became frightened and took his eyes off Jesus, promptly sinking like a rock!
  • Let God’s Acceptance Save You from Fear by Rick Warren (christianmotivations.weebly.com)
    You were created by God. Christ has made you acceptable. It doesn’t matter what you say about yourself; it doesn’t matter what other people say about you. If God says you’re OK, then you’re OK.

A God between many gods

Lots of people do not want to know about a god. Others go so far to cloth puppets which represent their gods, and others several times put food ready for their gods, as if God would not be able to take care of his food himself.

In the world we find cooking bibles, football-, tennis-, golf or cricket gods next to the many television stars and music gods. In the Western World there are also many churches who say that they honour the only one real God, but they keep talking about three gods: God the Father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit. Then they also say they read the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, but then we notice that they do not want to take note of what one person says about the other one. In their Scriptures they also tried to get rid of the Name of God in the many translations, and substituted the name of God with an anonymous “Lord”. Why do they prefer to speak about Him as “Lord”? Would you speak about your husband as “Sir” or “Lord”? Would you speak about your wife with the word “Woman” “My woman”? Would you write to your best friend with “Dear Lord”?

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Example of appendix from New World Translation of The Holy Scriptures, study edition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Creator of the earth who is also the God of gods, is a loving Father who wants that his children accept Him as their Father and not only speak to Him with “Father” but also with His Name. And when His children talk about Him, He wants that they use His Name and not just some tittles He has or people have given to Him.

God is watching this world and some think He is hiding His face when He is seemingly silent but He has given His Word to the world. But they should take it for granted. We are incomplete without the mind of God. Some think the mission of the one called son of God is perceived as a failure. That man who never aimed to be a god and never declared himself to be God, wanted that his followers would get to know his Father and would proclaim His Name and His Kingdom. But early in this Common era the ones who called themselves Christians gave in to the Roman Power and the Pagan traditions. They placed themselves and the persons of the Bible in a totally different relationship. They ignored the plain necessary food of the Gospel. They seemed to have become blind and did not see the reasons that Jesus was not God.

Today there are a lot of people who call themselves Christian, who are stepped on their toes and cry “murder” and “fire” when they are confronted with the Biblical Truth. They do not want to hear the sayings around God. But they should better listen or even better, go and look for themselves into investigating the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God which is the inspired and infallible Word which can change ourselves and bring salvation. In that big Book of Books, full of Wisdom they shall be able to find out who is who in the World of God. They shall find the Names and Titles of the many Biblical and worldly figures.

Also you, can find out more about what is said about the figures spoken of in the Holy Scriptures. It is not bad to compare what your Bible is saying with what your church and other people are saying.

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Please do find to read:

  1. Is there an assumed existent God? Our God is an awesome God
  2. Archeological Findings the name of God YHWH
  3. Attributes to God
  4. Only One God
  5. God is one
  6. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  7. I am that I am Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh אהיה אשר אהיה
  8. Hashem השם, Hebrew for “the Name”
  9. God about His name “יהוה“
  10. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name (Video)
  11. The Divine name of the Creator (Video)
  12. Use of /Gebruik van Jehovah or/of Yahweh in Bible Translations/Bijbel vertalingen
  13. Praise the most High Jehovah God above all
  14. The Trinity – the Truth
  15. Altered to fit a Trinityod of gods
  16. History of the acceptance of a three-in-one God
  17. I Will Cause Your Name To Be Remembered
  18. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  19. Created to live in relation with God
  20. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua (Video)
  21. Praise the God with His Name
  22. Jeruzalem Gods city
  23. The Word being a quality or aspect of God Himself
  24. Blind leading the blind
  25. The Bible and names in it
  26. About a man who changed history of humankind
  27. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  28. No Other Name (But Jesus)
  29. A Living Faith #8 Change
  30. Nuturing a close relationship with God
  31. God is my refuge and my fortress in Him I will trust

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Please do find also by other denominations:

  1. Who Is God?
    The true God is the Creator of all things. He had no beginning and will never have an end. (Psalm 90:2) He is the Source of the good news found in the Bible. (1 Timothy 1:11) Since God gave us life, we should worship only him.—Read Revelation 4:11.
  2. Does God Have a Name?
    Humans all have personal names. Wouldn’t it be reasonable for God to have a name? Having and using personal names is a vital part of human friendships. Should it be different when it comes to our friendship with God? In the Bible, God says: “I am Jehovah. That is my name.” (Isaiah 42:8)
  3. The Divine  Name: Spoken by Jesus and early Chrhristians
    The Divine Name of God: Spoken by Jesus and Early True Christians (An Archeological, Logical and Biblical Proofs) Many religious scholars are still looking for evidence that the Divine Name or the Tetragrammaton has been known to early true Christians. They believe that Jesus himself have revealed the name of his Father to his apostles […]
  4. Trinity: A False Doctrine of a False Church
    Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD. 1Timothy 2:5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Galatians 3:20 A mediator, however, does not represent just one party; but God is one. Zechariah 14:9 And the LORD shall be king […]
  5. The Divine Name
    The Divine Name: Should We Refrain From Saying It? “It is evident that the original pronunciation of God’s name is no longer known. Nor is it really important. If it were, then God himself would have made sure that it was preserved for us to use. The important thing is to use God’s name according […]
  6. Re: Questions for those who believe in the Trinity  (reply)
    I was hoping to use some of the points of discussion here to do some research of my own. I will try to respond to some of the questions you listed as best I can and look forward to additional input. How can Jesus be God and HAVE a God…
  7. Exodus 7:1 – “a god” or “God”?  (topic)
    It could be honestly rendered “a god” or “God” at Exodus 7:1 from the Hebrew Manuscripts. The ancient manuscripts of the Greek OT (Septuagint/LXX), however, use theon without a definite article (qeon NOT ton qeon). As also used in the NT…
  8. Trinity And Pagan Influence  (topic)
    1. “The trinity was a major preoccupation of Egyptian theologians …. Three gods are combined and treated as a single being, addressed in the singular. In this way the spiritual force of Egyptian religion shows a direct link with…
  9. The Lie That Made God a Mystery
    The Christian religion “in its three classic forms of Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism acknowledges one God in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. According to Christian theology, this acknowledgment is not a recognition of three gods but that these three persons are essentially one.”—The New Encyclopædia Britannica.
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    Jesus, the Son of God, never claimed to be equal to or of the same substance as his Father. Rather, he said: “I am going my way to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am.” (John 14:28) He also told one of his followers: “I am ascending to my Father and your Father and to my God and your God.”—John 20:17.
  10. The Lie That Made God Nameless
    “A man who does not know God by name does not really know him as a person,” wrote theologian Walter Lowrie, “and he cannot love him, if he knows him only as an impersonal force.”
  11. Misuse of God’s name Jehovah => Jehovah Is Worthy of Honor
    When we deny him, by our failure to use his glorious name Jehovah, then we display a flagrant disregard for the sovereignty of Jehovah. When we speak and act in a derogatory manner, then we dishonor our holy God and his holy name.

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  • The Holy Bible is the Word of God (ourfathershavetoldus.wordpress.com)
    The Bible tells us over and over again that the things which have been spoken within its pages are spoken by the Lord Himself.  God spoke and the world came into existence.  Again and again we read what God is saying and doing on behalf of His people.  In fact, the Bible uses the phrase “thus saith the Lord” 413 times.  The phrase “word of the Lord” is used another 255 times.  The phrase “God said” is used 46 times, and the phrase “God spoke” is used 12 times.  The Bible is truly the Word of God.
  • So that’s what that means?! (laurenfalber.wordpress.com)
    Often I sound like a blubbering idiot because my words just don’t do Him justice. And the truth is I don’t really have all the answers. I have faith and so I don’t need all of the answers, but a lot of the times I just wish I could form the right words and offer a good explanation.
  • Correct Doctrine 10 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
    God The Father is distinct and separate from both the Son of God (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Ghost. (Mat. 3:16, 17:5, Mark 1:10-11)
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    God the Father is God. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Son. The Holy Spirit is the Holy Spirit. As I’ve attempted to explain before (badly), The Lord Jesus voluntarily places Himself under God the Father. The Holy Sprit witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ, preferring to never bring attention to Himself. And God the Father has Exalted the Lord Jesus Christ above all others.
  • Praying Real Prayers; Asking God Real Questions (crosbyp12003.wordpress.com)
    I don’t think you should question God because that’s who he is, God! God cannot be on trial but, you can ask God questions.
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    God wants a relationship with people , he doesn’t insist you relate to him with rules! Love God with all your imperfections, because God loves you right where you are and is not intimidated if you’re funky, dirty, unworthy , sinful, hurt, impatient , irrelevant , suicidal, angry, molested, raped., rejected……..
  • Who told you? The lies of otherwise (examiner.com)
    God gave me the phrase “the lies of otherwise,” and explained it this way: “accepting any words that are not grounded in My Word is unwise. And anything that is unwise is otherwise. My Word is truth and light. My people are kept by My Word. My sons and daughters are protected by my Word, nourished by My Word, and are directed by what I have spoken. To be fed or led by any other word is to engage in otherwise.”
  • Logos & Son of God (jessicahof.wordpress.com)
    One of the more puzzling of Mushtaq’s objections to the teaching of God’s Church is his comment on St John’s use of the word ‘Logos’ which because it originates outside Christianity – ‘Logos is a pagan Greek term, not teaching of Prophets from Adam till Moses’ – he seems to think inadmissible. The word ‘God’ originates outside Judaism and Christianity, and we use that word, so I don’t see what point he is making. ‘Hellenistic Judaism’ is still part of Judaism, and St John uses the word. I don’t see what the point of this objection is.
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    If anybody is working along his own father? Then does it mean that they are forming one unit? Answer is no. Working of father or Son doesn’t mean Trinity. Blessed Jesus here is telling his obedience to God, Blessed Jesus is not claiming here his Second membership in Triune God.
  • Is God Self Centered? (handsofclay.wordpress.com)
    If you read the Bible much, you may come away with the idea that God is self centered.  There is a lot in the Bible about how God wants Glory from us.
  • Why is Sola Scriptura important? (michaeljschellerbcb.wordpress.com)
    Sola Scriptura is a latin phrase that means “by scripture alone”. The point of the phrase is to make people realize that the Bible is the highest authority of a Christian and the Christian faith. It was a phrase by the reformers to open peoples eyes that the Catholic church’s teachings and traditions weren’t always based on truth. The Reformers realized that the Bible was what we needed to know the truth about what God says and for good reasons.First of all the Bible clearly talks about how the Scripture is directly from God.
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    Second, God is the good Father and He knows exactly what we need (Matthew 6:32). If He wanted to tell us something, then He would tell us. He put everything that we need into the books of the Bible.
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    God gave us His Word for a reason, what pride it would be to think that we could add to or take away from it.
  • Just listen. (katherineannesmith.wordpress.com)
    If I am going to call myself a Christian shouldn’t I rely on God a little more than that? If I am going to preach the gospel to people who need Jesus, shouldn’t I be in contact with him always, and not just when life gets hard or i’m in a church building? The answer is yes.
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    I remembered how it felt to feel God every morning before taking on the day. I remember what it meant to truly spend time with him. Of course, God calmed my fears, took my anxiety, and rejuvenated my heart by nudging me towards some scripture that pertained to the stress I was feeling. When I finally closed my bible, and tuned back into the world, I Immediately got a text from a friend struggling with something she knew I had been through. And I was ready to patiently talk her through her options, and advise her to lean on God rather than on the world’s expectations of her.
  • “God See’s Everything” (iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist.com)
    There is such a comfort to the Believer who truly knows that God see’s everything and nothing is hid from his sight.Some live as though we will not be held accountable for our actions,yet the word of God teaches us otherwise.