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Posted: Friday, October 31, 2008 10:00 pm | Updated: 9:49 am, Tue Aug 27, 2013.

This is in response to the letter from William Van Amber Fields dated Oct. 18. Throughout history, humanity's longing for understanding the concept of deity has led to the use of countless names to refer to the Supreme Being.

Jewish and Islamic traditions inculcate refraining from calling the deity by a proper name. G-d is to be invoked by the many attributes found in the Scriptures, such as the Almighty, Our Lord, the Lord of Hosts or simply "the Name" (HaShem, in Hebrew, denoting the Most Holy of names). The Quran uses 99 beautiful attributes to refer to the Supreme Being.

The written form of the name of G-d in Hebrew is known as the Tetragrammaton, considered too sacred to pronounce or use outside of prayer or worship. Gematria, the Kabalistic interpretation of the numeric values of Hebrew letters, demonstrates that the numeral 15 derives from 9+6 (not 10+5, as it spells another abbreviation for the Divine name). Unfortunately, there is not enough space on this page to dissertate on this subject.

The Bible, as known to early Christians, had its origin in the Septuagint. After the spread of Christianity, we see the first historically documented instances of an attempt to write out the pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton as "JeHoVaH" or "YaHWeH" in copies and translations of the Septuagint.

The term "Allah" is not generic; the Arabic word "Allah" is the amalgamation of the definite article "al" (meaning "the") and word "illah" (meaning "g-d"). The term "al-illah" is grammatically incorrect. There are millions of Arabic-speaking Christians, all using the term "Allah" or "Allah al-Ab" (G-d the Father) when referring to G-d.

These Semitic forms of G-d's name trace their linguistic origin to ancient Mesopotamia, and were first found in cuneiform tablets. Historically, Christianity, Judaism and Islam share the same Abrahamic roots. Theologically, all three faiths differ, evolving entirely different doctrinal, dogmatic and theological concepts and principles.

In closing, I echo the words that Mr. Van Amber Fields often uses: Pray for peace in Jerusalem. Shalom.

Rabbi Dr. Raphael Pazo

Lodi

Editor's note: Raphael Pazo's use of G-d is not a typographer error or computer glitch. He explained that it is Jewish tradition to not spell His name or other words used as His name on any document that may be tossed into the garbage, the street or other places. Another reason to not spell G-d's name in the newspaper is that it is often used as birdcage liner and would be disrespectful to the Lord.

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7 comments:

  • posted at 9:33 am on Wed, Nov 5, 2008.

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    What life do you think I've chosen, Reverend Fruitcake?

     
  • posted at 3:58 pm on Tue, Nov 4, 2008.

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    great life you have CHOSEN for yourself billy.how about the lie you keep telling everyone that i said i was/claimed to be "god", because i left an "o" out of the word "good" when i was writing a post?your so pathetic, it doesn't matter what i say, you will lie and twist it just like your own sewer lifeyour lying about me only proves i am right about you, makes no difference to methe all time "gem" was the one where you told me to "go have sex with my daughter, because the bible says so", and the close second "cruising galt and lodi looking to shoot queers"funny, you act like what you say is "right". laughingno wonder these people lied about inviting you over to their house 'any time'. who would, your sick mind would prevent an invitation even to the jerry springer show

     
  • posted at 1:04 am on Mon, Nov 3, 2008.

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    Reverend, it was you who said gays should be imprisoned (true or false? did you say it?), tortured (did you or did you not say you wanted me to suffer in some pit worse than hell? Did you not repeatedly say you wanted to be there to see me receive whatever Jesus/God "punished" me with?), did you or did you not say the world will be a better place when all of the "Billys" are gone"?And did you or did you not say,"...maybe we should devote our time and efforts into the daily assasination of atheists/gays" (here's a hint, that last one is a cut&paste of your blog - YOUR fingers/tentacles actually pressed the keys that typed that out).Try to disavow your hate now, I don't care. You'll be back with more. Religion causes insanity

     
  • posted at 5:15 pm on Sun, Nov 2, 2008.

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    that's a good one billy.i like your "truth" you spill about me, and i have cultivated a certain fondness for it, because now i expect it from you everytime.you cannot imagine the letdown i would feel if you didn't implicate the likes of voter, et al, in your "truth" musical chairs.that's me alright. i want to "kill atheists" and "i think i am God" over a misspelled word.good one.no way man, your "sane" and perversion hasn't rotted your soulthe audacity of me to project that about your lifei am supremely apologize for NOT calling you a victimof course your a victimheretofore, thou shalt be labeled a "victim"you feel better about your life now?what a pathetic loser you are

     
  • posted at 1:40 am on Sun, Nov 2, 2008.

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    Reverend Fruitcake, you might find Pastor Bill Cummins lecture on what God thinks controversial.Both of you claim to know what God thinks on things political and, you have a definite leg-up on that preacher, because you actually claim to BE God. You can stand at the pulpit and tell people what you think, knowing it's The Truth.And then, if anyone doesn't believe you, you can have them executed as an atheist.Are there any other issues the Rabbi or Pastor Cummins need to repent before you start your ritual killings?

     
  • posted at 8:14 pm on Sat, Nov 1, 2008.

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    you know, i am sure you didn't diss all your "constituAINT'S" in the LNS blogs that believe in Christ. laughingyou forgot to "remind" the rabbi that YOU hold the "truths" of life by reminding what YOU advocate ....."fathers having sex with their own daughters", by reminding the rabbi HIS scriptures teach that according to YOUR "correct biblical interpretation"what's next for you billy? are you going to lie and say the rabbi ALSO cruises galt and lodi looking to shoot queers?your one sick pervert

     
  • posted at 3:03 am on Sat, Nov 1, 2008.

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    Rabbi, with all due respect, there is good news of which you are apparently unaware. No one needs to long to understand the concept of a deity anymore!Pastor Bill Cummins, at Bear Creek Community Church has all the answers!Pastor Bill knows all God's views on everything, including politics and whether He cares how the election turns out. Pastor Bill Cummins has learned, though legilimens, exactly what the Supreme Being is thinking at every moment of the day!The best part is, Pastor Bill will tell everyone The Divine Secrets THIS SUNDAY when he will reveal these holy secrets and more!>Does God take political sides?(of course he does)>Is God a Republican or a Democrat?(well, duh! GOP stands for "God's Own Party!)>Does God love Republicans more than Democrats?(God hates NOTHING more than communistic, queer-loving Democrats)>Will God get upset with the winner of the election?(God loves winners and punishes losers)>Is God on America's side?(looked at our money lately? What higher honor for God than to say we trust Him right on our cash?) Woo hoo!

     

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