Everything and everyone has a name that sets them apart from others. But one great person’s name appears to be obscure and sometimes controversial. Who is this one and what is his real name? Our corporate speaker, Chris Nkwocha, is bent on digging out the facts as he uses analogies to drive the facts home. Read.
IS GOD’S NAME GOD?
When a woman becomes pregnant and the pregnancy is visible, people refer to her as a pregnant woman. The word pregnant qualifies or describes her, and sets her apart from other women who are not pregnant. When you go to an antenatal clinic where virtually all the women are pregnant, you cannot point out a woman with the word pregnant. And a pregnant woman is full of expectation. She is expected to give birth to a baby—a boy or a girl. So one of the first questions asked when a woman gives birth to a baby is the gender: a girl or a boy? And with the passage of time, the question everyone asks is the name of the baby. Unlike Americans and Europeans who just assign names like Stone, Wood, Sandy to their children, Africans and Asians give thought to the name they give their children. Such names could be an expression of praise, thanks, joy. It could make a powerful statement of fact, show endearment, extol a deity. Therefore, a child’s name is usually thought out and kept before they are born. For example, Jesus was named long before he was born.
What’s with a Name?
Igbos and Yorubas in Nigeria start some of their names with Chi and Olu meaning God. So names like Chidima, Chiamaka, Oluwunmi, Olutosin all extol the Almighty God. Because every family members are full of joy when a child is born in Nigeria, a child may have as many names as the number of aged uncles, aunt’s, and grandparents they have but one official name comprising three names: the family name or surname, the name given to them by their parents and one other name they may decide to choose from the list of names from other family members.
Nicknaming is Universal
In addition to a person’s real name is the nickname. Nicknaming is universal. A person’s nickname may be an extract from his name, a name they are called because of what they do, how they behave, where they come from, how they look and more. For instance, my son’s name is Winsome, but my wife calls him Winny. So Winsome is nicknamed Winny. Nicknames are not prefixes like Mr., Mrs., Dr., Prof., and on. Prefixes are used to mark persons’ gender and profession.
The Importance of Personal Name or Title
Titles also form part of people’s name, and they may pick offence when such a title is omitted from their name. Titles like president, His Royal Majesty, Chief, and many more are appended to people’s name. You may know of someone who is addressed as Chief Dr. Mrs…. And plenty of titles can boost the ego of some of us. And suchlike ones would insist to be properly addressed. But why do people want to be properly addressed, and no one including me likes to be addressed as that man, or something less. Why is it not formal or respectful to address a person without using their name? For example, why is it not right to introduce a guest speaker, for instance, like this: “Ladies and gentlemen, our guest speaker is the man you know, it’s my pleasure to welcome the man from Nigeria.”?
An introduction like the one mentioned earlier is absolutely unacceptable by all known standards. There are proper and respectful ways of addressing people, small and great. No matter how small a child may be, it’s good manners to address them respectfully with the appropriate prefix. It’s not even admissible for parents to address their children otherwise in certain environments. Neither will any one born of a woman be comfortable with being addressed as Mr., Mrs., Man, president, Dr., in the midst of colleagues that share the same prefix or title. Where there are many presidents, each president is set apart from others by the use of their name. So we can say president Sheu Shigary.
What Distinguishes the True God from other gods
Just as there many presidents and many Lords, and each of them has a name that distinguishes them from others, there are also many gods and deities. In ancient Greece, some deities were called by specific names like Zeus and Tammuz. “Zeus was the king of the Greek gods who lived on Mount Olympus. He was the god of the sky and thunder. His symbols include the lightning bolt, the eagle, the bull, and the oak tree.” And no one can evoke the spirit of any god without the use of their name.
The big question: how come the god of the Bible has no name? Is God the name of God. Is there something religious leaders who are Bible translators are hiding from us? I strongly believe that since everyone, and everything, living and none living has a name, God too must have a name that sets Him aside from other gods. He must have a name. What is God’s name? Ask Google since the divine name seems to be obscure. Where in the Bible can God’s name be found? The Geneva Bible (1560) translates the Tetragrammaton as Jehovah in Exodus 6:3, Psalm 83:18, and two other times as place-names, Genesis 22:14 and Exodus 17:15. In the Bishop’s Bible (1568), the word Jehovah occurs in Exodus 6:3 and Psalm 83:18.