Did anyone else avoid typing or saying Jehovah after they left? I used to to the point where I would type "JWD" in google to get the site link not wanting to type it out and it not being safe to bookmark on the computer at the time.
Did you avoid typing/saying Jehovah?
I do not often use the term 'Jehovah' now. I think it is inappropriate in scriptural context to use it often. I prefer Father. Jesus did too.
I have no superstitious-like fear of the term. I do not avoid it, but it has left my vocabulary as I have educated myself away from dub-think.
Yes in fear of being stoned!
"Jehovah?? who's Jehovah"...lol! (life of Brian)
I agree with comments said above. The name Jehovah was a sacred name for the Hebrews and is missing from most biblical text on account of it being blasphemous to call upon the holy name Jehovah. While I personally do not hold a belief in any said God, I do respect that for many the name is sacred, and it seems so incredibly wrong that a new religion such as the WT have appropriated such a name for themselves. It seems such a haughty and disrespectful thing to have done.
In one e-mail address I use "Jehovah" is part of the address. From time to time a JW will send an e-mail asking if I'm a JW--it's always nice giving them "a good witness." :))
Thanks to the false prophet commonly known as the WTS, I’ve come to regard Jehovah™ as part of “them.”
Jehovah™ has nothing to do with my idea of a/the creator.
It is a corrupted representation, a caricature built by a cultic corporation, rather like a brand.
I avoid it. I prefer to use God or Father. It seems disrespectful to me - I never call my own father by his name!
The fact that I no longer use 'Jehovah' bothers my JW husband. He thinks it's disrespectful of me not to use it.
A common misconception among JWs, is that the "divine name" went out of use because of jewish "superstition". This is only one small part of the truth on this. The fact is that at the time of Jesus, the name had become an embarassment to judaism, because it was a remnant of the polytheistic past of judaism. The name, yhwh, was necessary to seperate the god of Israel (yhwh) from all the other Gods. Think about it: When Moses came down from the mountain with the commandments, the second one says "You shall have no other Gods besides me". Not "there are no other Gods, I am the only one that really exists". When the jews build that calf of gold, they would have had to be retarded if they all believed "well, this calf represents a God that doesn`t truly exist, but what the heck, we`ll worship it anyway". On the contrary, the jews truly believed in the existence of many Gods, and the name yhwh was necessary to distinguish him from all the others. But by the time of Jesus, this belief had disappeared. By this time, the jews believed that only one God existed, and because of this, the name had become redundant. A name is something only necessary when there are many similar "entities". When Jesus taught the disciples how to pray, the "hallowed be thy name" has nothing to do with the "divine name", contrary to what JWs believe. It means something completely else. If you were stranded, alone on a desert island, I don`t think your name would be that important after a few years.
This is something the JWs of course have never thought about.
This is from an apocryphical text, "Sophia of Jesus Christ". It is from between 50-200 CE:
Matthew said to him: "Lord, no one can find the truth except through you. Therefore teach us the truth."
The Savior said: "He Who Is is ineffable. No principle knew him, no authority, no subjection, nor any creature from the foundation of the world until now, except he alone, and anyone to whom he wants to make revelation through him who is from First Light. From now on, I am the Great Savior. For he is immortal and eternal. Now he is eternal, having no birth; for everyone who has birth will perish. He is unbegotten, having no beginning; for everyone who has a beginning has an end. Since no one rules over him, he has no name; for whoever has a name is the creation of another."
That name means nothing to me anymore, it doesn't bother me typing it once in a while or anything, because I know it isn't the Creator's name anymore that Marduk or Enki is, I refer to the Creator as God or Creator.