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Some startling facts
Ten Commandments are certainly under attack in recent years. The world wants the
Ten Commandments out of their court rooms, out of all public places, and out of
modern churches don’t even believe we need to keep the Ten Commandments. But
even of those who do not, most all agree that we should not take the name of our
Heavenly Father in vain. But what does it really mean to take His name in vain?
take the third commandment to mean that we should not use the Heavenly Father's
name alongside a swear word or profanity. It certainly can mean this. Others say
that taking His name on our lips while living a life of sin is another way of
taking His name in vain. This would certainly make sense as well.
there is another way of violating the third commandment that most people miss
and even the so-called “church fathers” did not understand. Let's look at
the third commandment as written in the King James Bible:
Deuteronomy 5:11 "Thou shalt not take the
name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold [him] guiltless
that taketh his name in vain."
of us know that this verse, taken from the King James Version, is simply a
translation of the scriptures from Hebrew into English.
that it says we should not take the name
of “The LORD” in vain.
you were to look at this commandment in the original Hebrew, you would not find
"The LORD" or any word that carries such a meaning.
you know that the Heavenly Father actually has a personal name?
“The LORD” is not a name at all, it’s just a title.
of us hold titles which might describe us (e.g. friend, mother, brother), but we
also have a personal name that we primarily use. Well, the Heavenly Father has a
personal name also and it is what He primarily uses in the scriptures.
is actually in the third commandment, but is missing from the King James and
most all modern bibles, is the Heavenly Father's true name:
(Thou shalt not take the name of Yahweh..in vain)
why would the translators remove the name “Yahweh” from our bibles? Well,
because “the LORD” is Yahweh’s name in English.
all started a very long time ago with a Jewish tradition which stated that
Yahweh’s name is too holy to be pronounced:
“Yahweh, the God of the Israelites, his name being revealed to
Moses as four Hebrew consonants (YHWH) called the tetragrammaton, after the
exile (6th Century BC), and especially from the 3rd century BC on, Jews ceased
to use the name Yahweh for two reasons. As Judaism became a universal religion
through its proselytizing in the Greco-Roman world, the more common noun elohim,
meaning "god," tended to replace Yahweh to demonstrate the universal
sovereignty of Israel's God over all others. At the same time, the divine name
was increasingly regarded as too sacred to be uttered; it was thus replaced
vocally in the synagogue ritual by the Hebrew word Adonai ("My Lord"),
which was translated as Kyrios ("Lord") in the Septuagint, the Greek
version of the Old Testament.”
the heading “Yahweh”.
tradition was picked up by the early church fathers, continues to this day, and
few have thought to question it since.
Yahweh never told us to change His inspired word. In fact, His name is actually
in scripture nearly 7,000 times. And each one of those 7,000 times it is
replaced with the title “LORD” or “GOD” in all capital letters. Most
modern translations freely admit doing this in the preface. Read the preface of
the NIV and they’ll tell you they are following tradition by using “the
LORD.” Consider this excerpt from the Revised Standard Version where they try
to defend this practice:
use of any proper name for the one and only God, as though there were other gods
from whom He had to be distinguished, was discontinued in
before the Christian era and is entirely inappropriate for the universal faith
of the Christian Church.”
Who are they to decide what is appropriate for one's faith? Their job is to translate, not decide what we are to believe.
all, who was the One that invented the idea of having a name of our Creator? Is
it not Yahweh Himself? Is Yahweh also “entirely inappropriate” for placing
His name in the scriptures nearly 7,000 times? Who are we to correct Him?
we are truly looking for something universal, it would be far more
“universal” for all men of all languages to call upon one personal name.
is what Yahweh wanted to begin with. He tells us that He wants to make His name
great among the Gentiles:
from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles..”(Mala
times Yahweh tells us to exalt His name, give thanks to His name, and call upon
magnify Yahweh with me, and let us exalt
together” (Psalm 34:3)
give thanks unto Yahweh;
call upon his name..” (Psalm 105:1)
calls on the name of Yahweh
saved:” (Joel 2:32)
now that it is clearly demonstrated that the name of the Heavenly Father is not
"The LORD," please notice that most translations are full of false
statements. For instance, the King James Version:
Isaiah 42:8 - “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not
give to another, neither my praise to graven images. “
is not true. His name is not "the LORD". His name is Yahweh.
The translators did not translate,
they purposely substituted
the true name of the Heavenly Father with a title so that they could follow
their tradition. It should instead read:
42:8 - I am Yahweh: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to
another, neither my praise to graven images.
what does all of this have to do with the third commandment? It is important to
consider whether or not we should agree with and participate in this Jewish, and
now Christian, tradition.
says to not take His name in vain. Let's take a moment and look at the Webster's
dictionary definition of the word "vain":
vain 1. Having no real substance, value, or
importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying. ``Thy vain excuse.'' ... 2.
Destitute of forge or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual;
as, vain toil; a vain attempt....
the meaning of the word “vain,” what greater way to bring Yahweh's name to
“emptiness...worthlessness...having no real substance, value or importance”
than to remove His name altogether from the
practice is so widespread and so complete that until modern times few people
even knew the Heavenly Father had a personal name.
if we want to keep the Ten Commandments, we should never join them in replacing
Yahweh's name with a false name or title of our own choosing. Doing so would be
breaking the third commandment. This is not the only way to break the third
commandment, but we can see that it is certainly one way of doing so.
fact, in most translations the third commandment (as translated) is a
transgression of itself!
Because the third commandment forbids bringing His name to nothing, yet most
translations do just that when translating that verse.
name is very important. Yahweh says that it is His name forever and His memorial
to all generations, including the one we are living in. Let’s not desecrate or
remove His memorial. (Ex. 3:15)
it wasn’t important, He would not have warned those who break the third
commandment: “Yahweh will not hold him guiltless.”
in spite of what others may think, let's keep His commandments by restoring what
Yahweh placed there originally as we read and quote the scriptures. Continuing
in error is never superior to walking in the truth.
speech should be as the oracles of Yahweh (1 Peter 4:11). Therefore, let’s
primarily call Him by His name, just as the scriptures do.
are not supposed to add or take away from His word. But if we practice this
tradition, we are both adding to and taking away from His word.
the “replace His name with a title” tradition is clearly unscriptural. We
should not be surprised when unscriptural traditions of men find their way into
modern denominational religions. Our Savior said to the mainstream teachers of
“Full well ye reject the
commandment of Yahweh, that ye may keep your own tradition. (Mark 7:9)
just as He did, let’s set aside vain traditions and fearlessly proclaim the
genuine truth found in His word... just as He inspired it.
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