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Naming God – ABC Religion & Ethics – Opinion

We are most likely to take God’s name in vain when we assume we know what we are saying when we say “God.”…

The word “god” can be very misleading, particularly for those who worship the One who raised Jesus from the dead and Israel from Egypt. For the word “god” can invite us to confuse the One who raised Jesus from the dead with the general designation “god” used to describe the assumption that something had to start it all.

Those who assume “god” is the designation we use for naming the assumption that something had to start it all also think that such an assumption implies there has to be more to life than birth, sex, and death. Many who believe in such a “more” often agree with the new atheists that there is little evidence that such a “more” exists, but they nonetheless refuse to deny its possibility.

Moreover, they assume that such a “more” has many names, for to think otherwise is to risk intolerance.

But the Scriptures constantly remind us that naming God matters…

“I am who I am” may be a helpful metaphysical response, but it is not a name. At best, as philosophers like to say, “I am who I am” is a grammatical remark that suggests God is known by what God does. “I am who I am,” therefore, is but another way to say you know all you need to know if you know that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…

Yet we believe that the God we worship has made his name known. We believe we have been given the happy task of making his name known. We believe we can make his name known because the God we worship is nearer to us than we are to ourselves – a frightening reality that gives us life. We believe that in the Eucharist, in the meal of bread and wine, just as Jesus is fully God and fully man, this bread and this wine will, through the work of the Spirit, become for us the body and blood of Christ…

By being consumed by the Divine Life we are made God’s witnesses so that the world may know the fire, the name, Jesus Christ.

God is whoever raised Jesus from the dead, having before raised Israel from Egypt. There is no God but this God.

via Naming God – ABC Religion & Ethics – Opinion.

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