Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Names of God



I have been meaning to write this blog post for a year. But I kept learning, so I kept putting it off. Now it is about 4 blog posts, but I better start before it turns into more.

It all started with a conversation with Heather. She noticed that at different times for various purposes, different names of God were used. She also mentioned that she felt the Lord was telling her to ask Him her question in the right name and He would give her an answer. I pondered this. There is a Kundalini Yoga Mantra that has 8 different names of God. It is one of my favorite. I gave it to Heather and it became a favorite of hers.

I started to make a list of all the names of God and Jesus Christ that I could find in the scriptures. Then my life fell apart a little and I found myself doing a lot of praying. One night I had the same inspiration: "if you ask me in the right name, I will give you what you want."

I asked if God would tell me the right name? He said to open my scriptures. I found it in 2 Chronicles. It was Lord God of Our Fathers.

Reflecting on this, I realized that this name was totally appropriate because I was praying about chain-breaking issues. From then on, whenever I pray about chaing-breaking, I address God as "Lord God of our Fathers."  Sometimes I use multiple names at the same time, just to cover my bases. You will notice that they use many names of God in some of the temple dedicatory prayers. Here is an example. 

The idea that certain names of God could be a kind of token or password is interesting to me. I haven't got a master list of all the names and how they are used, because it seems to me that these tokens are individually assigned. God told me that if I used that name, He would grant any of my desires (in the area I was praying about) because He knew I would not ask for anything unrighteous. However, using that name of God wouldn't necessarily give someone else the same power.

But it's worth pondering. When you pray to God, are you asking in most effective way?

I believe that this is why some mantras are used for the prosperity mediation and others are used for healing. They all call on different names/aspects of God.

"Heavenly Father" is a good blanket name that we use often because it sounds sort of nice. But sometimes it might be more appropriate and effective to call on the Lord of Hosts, or Lord God Almighty.

To keep this post from getting super long I will post more in separate posts. However, here is a list of all of the names of God, and Jesus Christ, that I have found so far in the scriptures and a few other sources. If you have more to add, please do so in the comments.

Lord God Almighty
Rock of Our Salvation
Most High
Ahman
Counselor
Wonderful (My personal favorite)
Anointed One
Messiah
Author of Salvation
Creator
Beloved
Father
Comforter
Advocate
Christ
Jehovah
Endless
Eternal
Only Begotten
Elohim
Omniscient
Omnipotent
Omnipresent
Glorious
Alla
Atoning One
Firstborn
Good Shepherd
Exemplar
King
Lamb of God
Lord of Hosts
King of Saints
Lord of Lords
Light of the World
Mediator
Messenger of the Covenant
The Son of God
Redeemer
Savior
Son of Man
Man of Holiness
Teacher
Brother
Master Issa
Master
Lawgiver
Judge
Succorer
Merciful
Miraculous
Alpha
Omega
First and Last
The One
Revelator
Safety
Steward
Triumphant
Wholesome
Unchanging
Faithful and True
The Great I Am
Bridegroom
Lord God of Our Fathers
Jah
Everlasting
Deliverer
Author and Finisher of Our Faith
Author of Life
Prince of Peace
Abba- Father
Heavenly Father
Shepherd
Living Water
The Rock
Light of the World
Truth
Nam
Vine
The Way, the Truth and The Life
Amen
Yahweh
The Word
Immanuel
Teacher
Guide
Corner Stone
Shield
Rabbi
Teacher
Bread of Life
Lion of Judah
Sure Foundation
Friend

4 comments:

  1. From 1 Nephi 2:9 ~ And when my father saw that the waters of the river emptied into the fountain of the Red Sea, he spake unto Laman, saying:O that thou mightest be like unto this river,continually running into the Fountain of All Righteousness.
    (capitalization added)

    I believe this to be a name of God and Christ. I have written about it here - http://themeasuringstick.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/the-first-book-of-nephi-chapter-28-10/

    Also, Salvation the Messiah - the literal translation of Christ's name. Jesus=Yeshua=Joshua=Salvation and Christ=Messiah.

    I have loved reading your thoughts. They have given me meat to think on. Thank you!
    Sat Nam,
    Stephanie

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  2. Holy One of Israel
    Eternal Judge

    I remember reading an article about there being 100 names for Him in the Book of Mormon - and number 100 (Eternal Judge) is in Moroni 10:34 - the very last verse. So I went back and looked in the Title Page, and (you have most of these) there is:

    Lord
    God
    Jesus
    Christ, the Eternal God

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  3. Also reminds me of Isaiah 9:6 - you have most of these, too, though. :)

    6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

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