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Not afriad to put the 'o' in God.

Have you seen posts on Facebook or any other social media where the word 'God' is typed as 'G-d'? Do you wonder why is it typed that way? Is the person afriad to type in the full name because they might offend someone? Well, whatever reason I'm thinking to omit the 'o' seems ridiculous. I'm not afriad to type the name of the Supreme Being in it's entirety. Not afriad to type it, not afriad to speak his name and I refuse to be. 

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  • This is an interesting point Linda, normally people who type 'G-d' are followers of the Jewish faith or may even be Judaean Christians.  The practice started many centuries ago and the reason is this, the Law of God (often called the 'Law of Moses') formally given for the first time in Exodus 20 as the Ten Commandments, told His people that should not take the name of the Lord God in vane.  The problem was that they did not understand exactly under what circumstances was taking His name in vane.  So the Jewish authorities invented something called 'Fence Laws', there were extra laws that were supposed to prevent people transgressing the core laws.  These fencing laws were applied to every one of God's laws, and became a second tier, and then a third and forth, which accounts today for much of the Jewish law, and why they have so many laws.  It was a law system gone mad.  Jesus Himself did this and added to the Fence Laws when He added to the laws, when He said "The law says says 'Love your neighbour' but I say love your enemies also."  In other words, if we loved both friends and neighbours we could not break the law, because that included everyone.

    Dawn and I follow the Judaic Christian faith, but as you can see we do type 'God' because we try to obey God's law and not the laws that man (Jews) built up around them.  I do not believe that God intended the Jews to go to the extent in law making that they did, but I can see a valid point in fencing a law, especially when Jesus endorses such.  Today we know what taking God's name in vane, but still people, even Christians do it and break the law, with their "Oh my G-d" (OMG or use Good G-d, as and expletive, which covers the names of Jesus also), so many times I have heard people say this, even in church.  Sometimes I think it may be a good idea to enforce the Fence Law again, I just hate it.  Sure years ago I used to do the same, until I realised I was breaking God's law, it was like I was hammering in one of those nails on the cross. 

    • Wow, thank you for the background information about the Fence Laws and how this practice got started. I've always thought that taking the Lords name in vain meant when someone says, 'Oh my G-d,' or Good G'd or used for cussing and using Jesus's name in that way. I remembered getting reprimeanded for saying 'Gee whiz' which was ridiculour because when I said it, I didn't have Jesus in mind so I didn't intend to use his name in vain. I don't think 'gee whiz' had anything to do w/ Jesus. It was just an expression.

      • Many of the expletives we hear today were original blasphemes, but over time were either outlawed and changed or changes due to language evolution.  One very British saying started as an oath, it is one that is synonymous with the Brits being called 'Limeys'.  Today the saying is 'Cor-blimey' which as I said was the oath 'May God blind me'.  If we are not conscious of the original use or meaning, I guess there is no harm done.

        Here in Britain the offence of blasphemy was originally part of canon law, in 1378, at the command of Pope Gregory XI.  In a 1949 speech by Lord Denning placed the blasphemy laws as out of date, saying that "it was thought that a denial of Christianity was liable to shake the fabric of society, which was itself founded upon Christian religion. There is no such danger to society now and the offence of blasphemy is a obsolete law.  In 1977, however, the case of Whitehouse vs Lemon (involving the periodical Gay news publishing James Kirkup's poem 'The Love That Dares Not Speak its Name', demonstrated that the offence of blasphemous libel, long thought to be dormant, was still in force. During the House of Lords appeal Lord Scarman said that "I do not subscribe to the view that the common-law offence of blasphemous libel serves no useful purpose in modern law. ... The offence belongs to a group of criminal offences designed to safeguard the internal tranquillity of the kingdom."  The Human Rights Act of 1998 saw the repealing of the Blasphemy Libel acts, in the UK, which was forced upon the UK by the European Union, which makes it legal to say whatever one wishes about God.

        On last thought on the matter, the word God, is in reality a generic term for any supreme supernatural being, not just the Judaeo-Christian God.  Therefore 'God' is not a name but a description, like 'Corn Flakes', so in my view is not subject the these laws unless we have Jehovah specifically in mind when it's said.  We Christians make the distinction by using an upper case 'G' when describing Jehovah-God, and a lower case 'g' when writing about Roman gods, etc., in speech of course this distinction cannot be made.

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