Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:49 AM
Something I've felt for a long time is that if people stopped calling their deity the overbearingly generic term "God" and actually called him by his given name "Yahweh" (or, if they're more comfortable, "El", "El Shaddai", "Jehovah", "Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh", or whichever of the countless
different god's names other names he goes by) they'd be more susceptible to thinking of him/it in a more contextual sense, relating him more closely with the OT deity? Do you see what I'm saying?
I think if people went around saying, " I have a word from yahweh", or "Yahweh answered my prayers!" or whatever, it links it better to an ancient tribal mindset, as opposed to the more universalistic, ethereal, lovey-dovey god concept people have nowadays.
'Oh, Yahweh answered your prayers? That same dude that says my daughter, who was raped, has to marry her attacker? How sweet!"
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish.