By David J. Stewart
The spelling of God as "G_d" is becoming increasingly popular on the internet. But what does it mean? Why are people spelling God without the "o"?
Hebrew, Egyptian and a few other languages wrote only consonants -- no vowels. This is why Jews spell out Jehovah's name, YAHWEH, as YHWH (no vowels). So instead of typing out "God" in modern English, many Jews choose to use the term "G_d" to show respect. I've learned that some Jews believe it is destroying God's name when you close a web page, so they spell God without the "o" to avoid doing so, thus avoiding any disrespect. The "o" is removed for obvious reasons. It wouldn't work well to spell God as "Go" or "od, "so the term "G_d" is used. It is also sometimes spelled "G_D."
Is it wrong to use the term "G_d"?
Some Christians (as I do) feel that it is disrespectful to spell God in an incomplete manner, such as "G_d." I hate the term "x-mas." Some wicked people decided to remove "Christ" from Christmas, thus spelling it "X-mas" instead. There is NO doubt that Christmas itself is of pagan origin. The Bible never leads us in any way to recognize Christ's birth. I had a woman write me not too long ago, trying to explain why the "X" appropriately replaces Christ. Even if she could prove her point with worldly philosophies, I would NEVER disrespect Jesus by referring to Him as a mere "X." Why is it that out of all the names in the world, the ONLY name that gets changed into an "X" is the Precious name of Jesus. Do you not realize that "Jesus" is the name ABOVE every other name? Philippians 2:9-10 proclaim, "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth." That said, would you refer to Jesus as "JSS" (no vowels)? Do you think this would please God? I think not! It would be very disrespectful to refer to Jesus as "JSS" or "X."
"G_d" is Improper Usage of English Language
Hence, I believe that the whole idea of spelling "God" as "G_d" is disrespectful. I realize that many Jewish people will get mad at me here, but this is what I believe. I certainly am not trying to be unkind in any way. I just think that spelling God as "G_d" is drawing attention away from our Lord and focusing more upon the Jews who started this trend. I realize that the Hebrew language didn't use vowels and many Jews will try to justify their spelling of G_d by that reasoning. However, the English language DOES use vowels, so we should use them. To spell YAHWEH as "YHWH" in Hebrew didn't look odd or raise any questions because there were NO vowels in the Hebrew language. However, it certainly does look funny and raises questions when the traditional spelling of "God" in the English language is misspelled as "G_d."
Most Jews Reject Jesus Christ as Savior
Furthermore, and I hate to be the bad guy here but the truth needs to be spoken, the source of G_d is NOT Christian. Tragically, most Jewish people today do NOT know the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Saviour. In fact, many Jewish people foolishly believe that they will automatically be saved simply because they are Jewish. The Word of God does NOT teach this heresy. The Word of God, the Bible, teaches in Romans 3:9 that Jewish people are sinners just like Gentiles, "What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin." The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). There is a "second death" (Revelation 20:11-15). Those who die in their sins without having believed upon Jesus Christ exclusively as their Saviour WILL burn in Hell fire. It is simple and free to be saved. Please read, God's simple plan at the bottom of this page.
In Jesus' day, many of the Jews ruthlessly persecuted, stoned, and eventually had Jesus crucified by the Roman Government. Jesus was the "Stone" which the builders rejected, which now has become the "Cornerstone" of our salvation. "Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence..." -1st Peter 2:7-8. Many Jews practice Judaism which denies Christ as the ONLY way to Heaven. Others practice demonic Kabbalah, upon which many of today's occult religions such as Freemasonry are largely based. The nation of Israel, just as the rest of the world, are without God (1st John 5:19). No amount of religion or ceremonial worship can replace a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe it is wrong to address God as "G_d." Jewish people claim that it is their way of showing respect for God. Ironically, they don't respect God enough to come to His Son, Jesus Christ, for salvation (John 14:6). God is not impressed by our silly superstitious practices, He demands our obedience. Nothing means anything until you become a born again believer. Please read, Ye Must Be Born Again!
God's Simple Plan